Sepsis Medical Malpractice Lawsuit in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia

What is Sepsis?

Sepsis may be caused by a physician’s medical malpractice. The law provides recourse to victims who suffered negligent sepsis injuries.

Sepsis is a dangerous medical complication caused by harmful bacteria, which is usually present because of a wound that gave rise to an infection. If sepsis isn’t treated in enough time, it can threaten your life.

Patients suffering from a serious bout of sepsis may experience respiratory and circulatory problems as the body responds to the widespread infection (known as septic shock). Septic shock occurs when decreased blood pressure prevents the body’s vital organs from receiving enough blood. The heart, lungs, kidneys, and liver are all susceptible to damage during septic shock if the condition is not treated in a timely manner.

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Serious Complications may Result from Sepsis

A delay in the treatment of sepsis may mean more drastic procedures must be taken to fight the life-threatening infection. Some sources estimate 100,000 people die every year from sepsis and hundreds of thousands more suffer from sepsis and septic shock. Serious complications associated with sepsis and septic shock include:

  • Systolic and diastolic heart failure
  • Liver damage
  • Kidney failure
  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) of the lungs
  • Blood clots and other encephalopathic complications of the brain
  • Death

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