Hospital Acquired Infections: Is it Medical Malpractice?

by John McKiggan

Hospital Infections Widespread Problem

Infections acquired while getting healthcare for an unrelated condition is becoming a common, and dangerous, problem in hospitals across North America.

MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) has been in the news a lot. MRSA is a potential deadly infection caused by bacteria that has become resistant to most antibiotics. For example take a look at this news story.  


Recent medical studies show that many healthcare providers do not follow proper sanitary procedures designed to reduce infection when treating patients.

However, because hospitals are full of sick people, they are also full of bacteria and viruses. Therefore, it is very difficult to prove that the virus or bacteria that infected you, or your loved one, was the result of the negligence of your doctor or hospital personnel or simply the result of being exposed to bacteria or virus in the hospital environment.

In order to determine if the infection that you or your loved one acquired was a result of medical malpractice we need to conduct an investigation to answer a number of questions:

What was the medical condition that you were being treated for?

What was the bacteria or virus with which you were you were infected?

Was their an actual mistake which led to the infection?

A careful examination of the facts and medical records as well as a medical opinion from an epidemiologist will help determine if your hospital acquired infection was a result of medical malpractice.

For more information you can contact me to get a free copy of my book: The Consumer’s Guide to Medical Malpractice: Why 98% of Canadian Medical Malpractice Victims Never Get a Penny in Compensation.

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