I have diabetes and I developed sepsis in a nursing home. Can I file a medical malpractice lawsuit?

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elderly person having blood glucose testIf you developed sepsis due to nursing home negligence, you can file a nursing home negligence lawsuit. Your diabetes diagnosis does not take this right away from you or absolve the nursing home of liability.

Diabetes and the Risk of Sepsis

People with diabetes are susceptible to sepsis for all of the same reasons as other nursing home residents. Additionally, diabetes can make sepsis even more likely because people with diabetes:

  • May develop sores that are slow to heal. This includes bedsores which can become infected.
  • Have a harder time fighting infections. Therefore, underlying infections such as bladder infections or kidney infections may be more likely to develop into sepsis or septic shock.

Nursing home staff should account for these risks and use reasonable care to prevent infections and sepsis among nursing home residents with diabetes. Reasonable care includes frequent position changes to prevent bedsores, prompt treatment of bedsores, and early diagnosis and treatment of infections.

Sepsis Nursing Home Injury Lawsuits

If you are a nursing home resident with diabetes, you are not alone. Studies estimate that more than one-quarter of all nursing home residents have diabetes. Nursing homes owe a duty of care to all of them.

If nursing home staff members don’t take reasonable steps to prevent sepsis, don’t recognize the symptoms of sepsis, or don’t get medical help for a resident with sepsis, they may be liable for any injuries that result. If your loved one or her estate sues the nursing home for negligence, a recovery for all healthcare costs, pain, suffering, out-of-pocket costs, and other damages may be possible.

Our staff nurse and experienced nursing home negligence lawyers will find out exactly what happened to your loved one and advise you of all of your legal options so that your family can decide what to do next. Call us or start a live chat with us any time—24/7/365—to learn more and to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.

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