Hospital-Acquired Infections (HAIs) in New Mexico
If you or someone you love developed an infection while staying in or being treated in a hospital or similar medical facility, such as an emergency room, you could have grounds for a medical malpractice claim. By filing a claim, you can seek financial compensation for your damages, such as costs associated with further medical care, pain and suffering, and lost income or wages. A successful claim can also allow you to hold the liable party accountable and send a message that such conduct will not be tolerated.
We encourage you to contact our Albuquerque hospital-acquired infection lawyers at Curtis & Co. as soon as possible after discovering that your illness or infection occurred while you were in the hospital. Our team can review your claim and determine whether you have a valid case. If so, we are ready to aggressively protect your rights and pursue the full, fair compensation you are owed.
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Also known as a “nosocomial” infection, a hospital-acquired infection (HAI) is any type of infection a person develops while being treated in a hospital or by hospital doctors, nurses, or staff. Hospital personnel has a responsibility to protect patients from being exposed to harmful airborne and bloodborne pathogens, as well as other contaminants and toxins that may result in infection. Failure to do so may constitute a breach of the accepted standard of care—and the hospital or its staff could be liable.
Generally speaking, for an infection to be considered an HAI, it must meet the following criteria:
- The infection was not present before the patient went to the hospital or sought medical care
- The infection occurred up to 48 hours after the patient was admitted to the hospital or up to 3 days after the patient was discharged when the patient did not undergo surgery
- The infection occurred up to 30 days after the patient underwent a surgical procedure
- The infection occurred in a hospital or similar healthcare facility where the patient sought or was receiving medical care
There are some exceptions. We invite you to reach out to our team at Curtis & Co. if you suspect that you or a loved one may have developed an HAI to learn more about your legal rights and options.
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Hospital patients may be exposed to many different types of contagious infectious diseases.
Common examples of HAIs include:
- Clostridium difficile (C. diff)
- Surgical site infections
- Respiratory infections
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
If you or a loved one developed any of these or another type of serious infection after going to the hospital or seeking medical attention for something other than the infection, you or your loved one may have an HAI.
While it may seem somewhat obvious that hospital patients could be exposed to various infections, HAIs are far from inevitable. In fact, medical providers and hospital staff are required to follow certain procedures to prevent the spread of contagious diseases and other causes of infection.
Many HAIs are the result of hospital negligence or malpractice. Examples include:
- Failure to isolate patients or improper isolation
- Improper hand washing and hygiene
- Poor or missing hygiene standards and procedures
- Failure to wear proper protective equipment, such as gloves and masks
- Poorly ventilated rooms
- Improper cleaning and sterilization of surfaces
- Unnecessary or improper use of catheters
Most HAIs are avoidable. When they occur, it is likely because someone—a hospital doctor, nurse, staff member, etc.—failed to uphold the accepted standard of care.
At Curtis & Co., we thoroughly investigate our clients’ claims to determine whether a hospital’s negligence or misconduct was the cause of their HAI and related damages. We have a registered nurse and licensed physician on staff, as well as access to invaluable resources and in-depth knowledge of the law. Our Albuquerque hospital-acquired infection attorneys can evaluate your situation to determine if you have a claim and, if so, tirelessly pursue maximum compensation on your behalf.
How Our HAI Attorneys Can Help
In addition to conducting exhaustive investigations, we handle every aspect of our clients’ claims. We can obtain critical documents, medical reports, and other evidence to support your case. With our methodical approach and dedication to our clients, we have earned a reputation for taking on tough cases—and winning results.
When you hire Curtis & Co., you can expect to be treated with respect, honesty, and compassion throughout the entire legal process. We treat every client like our only client, meaning you will have direct contact with your attorney and legal team, prompt responses to your calls and emails, and answers to all of your questions and concerns. We also offer our legal services on a contingency fee basis, so you do not pay any upfront or out-of-pocket expenses when you work with our firm. Instead, we only collect legal fees after we recover a settlement or verdict in your case.
Our bilingual staff can assist you in English and Spanish. Call (505) 871-3740 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation.