Dallas Nursing Home Sepsis & Shock Attorneys
Fighting Back Against Negligent Nursing Home Care
If you or a loved one is the victim of sepsis or septic shock while in the care of a nursing home or senior care facility, you need to seek legal representation immediately. Smith Clinesmith LLP understands and recognizes that sepsis is one of the most important warnings of nursing home abuse and negligence. Our Dallas nursing home sepsis attorneys are dedicated to protecting the elderly from abuse and work hard to bring justice for all victims.
How to Identify Symptoms of Sepsis
Sepsis is a serious blood infection that, when left untreated, can lead to catastrophic health events or death. Sepsis is categorized into three different stages, each of which health professionals aim to identify for effective treatment. When caught early, sepsis can be treated and the chances for survival increase greatly.
The following are the different stages of sepsis and their symptoms:
First Stage Sepsis – This stage of sepsis is usually referred to as just “sepsis” and includes the following symptoms:
- High fever above 101.3 degrees Fahrenheit or a low temperature below 95 degrees Fahrenheit
- A heart rate that is higher than 90 beats per minute
- A respiration rate that is greater than 20 breaths per minute
- Confirmation or likelihood of present infection
Second Stage Sepsis – This stage of sepsis is usually referred to as “severe sepsis” and includes the following symptoms:
- Difficulty breathing (labored or strained)
- Abdominal pain
- Heart pumping abnormalities
- Decrease in urine output
- Rapid change in mental state
Third Stage Sepsis – This stage is the most severe stage of sepsis and is referred to as “septic shock.” It exhibits the following symptoms:
- The symptoms of stage one and two of sepsis
- Extreme drop in blood pressure
Sepsis can affect anyone at any age, but the risk of getting this serious infection is much higher in the elderly and very young. The primary cause is often the complications that occur with an infection, most commonly pneumonia, abdominal infections, kidney infections, and infections in the bloodstream. Sepsis can also occur as a result of infections caused by or correlated with bedsores/pressure ulcers.
What to Do If You Recognize Signs of Sepsis
If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the symptoms of sepsis listed above, it is absolutely critical that you seek immediate medical attention. If symptoms are severe, contact 9-1-1 right away. If your elderly loved one experiences sepsis or septic shock while in the care of a nursing home, contact the Smith Clinesmith LLP today and seek a new care facility. Our Dallas nursing home sepsis lawyers work with a team of paralegals, medical experts, nurses, and investigators to help build strong cases and prepare for litigation if necessary. Our goal is to obtain justice on behalf of you and/or your loved one and hold negligent nursing homes accountable.
Trusted Nursing Home Sepsis & Shock Lawyers
Nursing home negligence is a serious matter than can lead to dangerous consequences in the elderly. Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are responsible for properly treating infections in order to prevent sepsis, as well as identifying signs of sepsis and providing early treatment whenever necessary. Failure to do any of these things could constitute negligence, and you could be entitled to bring a claim for compensation if you or your loved one suffered damages, pain, suffering, or harm as a result of the home’s negligence.
The Dallas nursing home negligence lawyers at the Smith Clinesmith LLP are committed to providing trusted legal representation for victims of nursing home negligence. More than your attorneys, we are here to serve as your compassionate and caring guide throughout the legal process. We offer all clients a free consultation over the phone or in person and keep the details of your individual case confidential. No matter where you are located in the U.S. we can help.
Call (877) 976-8411 to speak with a licensed, experienced nursing home sepsis lawyer about your case. Consultations are FREE!