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Personal Injury Lawsuits: Hospitals and Clinics Adjust To Increase in Infection Injury Malpractice Cases

Personal Injury Lawsuits:  Hospitals and Clinics Adjust To Increase in Infection Injury Malpractice Cases

My partner, Jim Lewis posted a news article exploring an article in Lawyers USA in December 2008, noting that medical malpractice lawsuits, settlements, and jury verdicts are on the rise against hospital and other clinics for serious or life-threatening infections that personal injury victims are claiming could have been prevented.  Most importantly, juries are holding the hospitals responsible for failing to prevent the resulting infections.

Many medical malpractice lawyers in the past have refused to accept personal injury cases relating to infection contraction, because infection can be a known complication of most surgeries and procedures. However, where special circumstances can be shown that prove a hospital or clinic violate a specific standard of care directed to avoiding infection, it seems that juries are paying attention and penalizing hospitals for the careless or negligent conduct.

The Joint Commission  (The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, also called the JCAHO) , which is a nonprofit organization based in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois,  evaluates end credits healthcare programs.  The JCAHO released a written document which outlines strategies for preventing infections. The extensive document was released in October 2008 and is very important because hospitals and clinics follow the recommendations of the joint commission and use it as a basis for many of the standards and actions they take.

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Richard N. Shapiro
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