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Hospital-Acquired Infection Medical Malpractice

Hospitals and other healthcare facilities often neglect their obligation to provide patients with a safe and clean environment in which to receive medical care. In fact, a 2002 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concluded that approximately 1.7 million healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and an estimated 99,000 related deaths occurred in U.S. hospitals in that year alone. Unfortunately, many resulted from negligence (failure to exercise that degree of skill and care generally required of professionals under similar circumstances) on the part of the hospital staff and/or physicians. The attorneys at Burnside Law Firm have experience representing people injured by hospital-acquired infections and diseases and stand ready to assist you.

The Critical Importance of Proper Equipment Sterilization

The utilization of equipment that has not undergone proper sterilization or disinfection procedures poses a significant safety hazard within healthcare settings, serving as a primary conduit for the transmission of Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) and communicable diseases. This concerning issue is underscored by a recent investigative report featured in a reputable newspaper, which sheds light on a distressing incident at the Veterans Administration Hospital (VA) in Augusta, Georgia. According to the report published in the Augusta Chronicle on September 9, 2009, an alarming revelation surfaced, indicating that approximately 1200 veterans may have been unwittingly exposed to infection due to the improper sterilization of equipment within the Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) clinic.

Instances such as these serve as stark reminders of the critical importance of stringent sterilization and disinfection protocols, particularly in procedures involving endoscopes, syringes, surgical instruments, multi-dose vials and other reusable medical equipment. While these instruments are indispensable in medical practice, their safe and effective utilization hinges upon the meticulous adherence to established sterilization guidelines by healthcare practitioners. Regrettably, lapses in diligence and oversight can occur, resulting in the transmission of harmful pathogens to otherwise healthy patients.

Improper Equipment Sterilization Negligence

The repercussions of equipment handling negligence can be profound, potentially leading to serious illness, prolonged suffering, and even fatalities among vulnerable patient populations. Consequently, it is incumbent upon healthcare facilities and personnel to prioritize patient safety by implementing robust sterilization protocols, conducting regular equipment maintenance, and providing comprehensive staff training on infection prevention measures. By fostering a culture of accountability and vigilance, healthcare organizations can mitigate the risk of preventable infections and uphold their commitment to delivering high-quality, safe patient care.

Examples of hospital-acquired infections and diseases commonly transmitted include:

  • Hepatitis C
  • Hepatitis B
  • E-Coli
  • Salmonella
  • Tuberculosis
  • HIV (AIDS)
  • Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
  • Staphylococcus (Staph infection)

If you or a loved one has experienced injury or harm as a result of inadequate sterilization procedures or the improper use of medical equipment, it is essential to seek legal guidance promptly. Contacting a skilled attorney at Burnside Law Firm can provide you with the necessary support and advocacy to pursue a medical malpractice claim effectively. Our team of experienced lawyers understands the complexities of cases involving equipment-related injuries and is dedicated to helping you navigate the legal process.

Medical Malpractice Liability Lawyers at Burnside Law Firm

At Burnside Law Firm, we have a proven track record of success in handling medical malpractice claims stemming from negligence in sterilization practices and equipment usage. Our attorneys possess the knowledge, resources and determination to thoroughly investigate your case, identify liable parties and pursue the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses. We recognize the profound impact that such injuries can have on individuals and their families, and we are committed to fighting tirelessly on your behalf to achieve justice and financial recovery.

During your free consultation with Burnside Law Firm, our attorneys will take the time to listen to your story, assess the merits of your case, and provide you with personalized legal guidance tailored to your specific situation. We will explain your rights, outline the legal process, and answer any questions you may have about pursuing a medical malpractice claim. You can trust our team to provide you with compassionate support and dedicated representation every step of the way.

Contact Burnside Law Firm in Athens or Augusta, Georgia

Don’t delay seeking the legal help you need to hold responsible parties accountable for your injuries. Contact Burnside Law Firm in Augusta or Athens, Georgia, today to schedule your free consultation and take the first step toward obtaining the compensation and justice you deserve.

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Phone: (706) 432-8320


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Athens, GA, 30601

Phone: (706) 227-4264

We have recovered tens of millions in settlements and verdicts

The attorneys at Burnside Law Firm LLP have over 30 years of collective experience handling personal injury claims. Over that time, we have helped hundreds of injured people recover the compensation they deserve and need in order to begin putting their lives back together. This list is just a sample of the recoveries we have obtained for some of our clients here and during our time at our former firm, Burnside Wall LLP. Obviously, success in obtaining significant judgments and settlements for other clients is no guarantee of success in your case. Each case must be evaluated and handled based on the individual merits of that particular case. To discuss the facts of your case and learn more about your legal rights, contact one of the personal injury attorneys at Burnside Law Firm LLP for a free initial consultation.

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Thomas R. Burnside III Personal Injury Attorney

Thomas R Burnside III

Thomas R. Burnside III is a personal injury lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered injury as a result of automobile collisions, trucking accidents, medical malpractice, work related accidents or other causes. With over 20 years of experience in personal injury law at both the trial and appellate court levels, Attorney Burnside has represented people with brain and head trauma...

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Garon Muller Personal Injury Attorney

Garon Muller

Garon Muller is a trial lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have been seriously injured or damaged through the negligence or recklessness of others, including automobile collisions, workplace injuries, premises injuries, or defective products. Before beginning his practice in the representation of injured individuals, Mr. Muller served the community as an Assistant District Attorney...

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Robert MacGregor

Robert MacGregor

Robert MacGregor is an experienced trial attorney licensed to practice law in Georgia and South Carolina. At the Burnside Law Firm, Robert devotes his practice to protecting the rights of individuals who have been injured because of someone else’s carelessness, negligence, or recklessness and represents those who have been injured in automobile collisions or tractor-trailer accidents; because of a slip and fall; and in other general negligence actions.

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Ashton Revollo

Ashton is a trial lawyer in Augusta, GA who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered serious injuries or damages due to the negligent or reckless conduct of others, including automobile wrecks, job-related accidents, unsafe premises, or defective
products. Before beginning his practice, Ashton obtained his J.D., at Emory University School of Law, where he gained valuable courtroom experience as an intern assisting the District Attorney for DeKalb
County. After his time at Emory, Ashton received experience as a trial attorney at a respected personal injury firm in Atlanta before moving to Augusta. Over the course of his career, Ashton has assisted deserving clients in recovering millions of dollars in injury cases throughout Georgia.

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After my car accident they helped me every step of the way! They were up front and answered any questions I had! They negotiated the insurance and got a higher settlement than was offered! I would definitely use them again!

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In November 2017, I was in a car accident and I decided to seek out legal assistance. I chose to go with Burnside Law Firm, LLP because of their five star rating. My inital consultation was with attorney, Mr. Garon Muller. I knew immediately that I wanted Mr. Muller to take my case. His professionalism and expertise in personal injury made my decision easy. Mr. Muller maintained his professionalism throughout my case. He kept me updated on a regular basis via telephone or email. He was always available to me when I call. I did not have to wait 24 hours to get a call back from him. I would greatly recommend Mr. Muller and the Burnside Law Firm, LLP.

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Burnside Law Firm is who you want to represent you. Mr. Muller came to our house for a free consultation without hesitation. He guided us and overcame every obstacle we encountered. He secured the maximum insurance limits for us and we couldn't be more happy. If you are injured, DO NOT attempt to recoup compensation without the expertise of a trusted, skilled and able law firm to be your voice. THANK YOU MR. MULLER!!!

Alexander Hughes

Garon Muller with Burnside Law Firm makes client satisfaction his priority. Mr. Muller made sure that I had a lucid understanding during every discussion. He never made a decision without my input and made me feel like we were partners. Garon Muller was very professional and push for the maximum dollar amount from the insurance company. Me and my family considered ourselves blessed to have been represented by Garon Muller with Burnside Law Firm. We highly recommend Garon Muller and Burnside Law Firm! Burnside Law Firm staff are exceptional and exceeded our expectations.

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I have known the Burnside family for many years. Recently Thomas was most helpful in getting my check following an auto collision. I highly recommend their firm.

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I definitely felt comfortable in there hands really good people.

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Barbara Huskinson

Burnside Law did what they said they would do. Garon Muller was great in communicating and looked out for my best interest in getting what was fair in my settlement. I would recommend Burnside to anyone.

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    2919 Professional Pkwy

    Augusta, GA, 30907

    Phone: (706) 432-8320


    325 North Milledge Avenue

    Athens, GA, 30601

    Phone: (706) 227-4264