Medical malpractice involving the failure to prevent or treat MRSA infections may be on the rise. MRSA stands for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. MRSA is caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria — often called “staph.” It’s a strain of staph that is resistant to the broad-spectrum antibiotics commonly used to treat it. As Orlando medical malpractice lawyers, we have seen too many cases of MRSA which should have been avoided or which were not properly treated. Indeed, MRSA medical malpractice has led to the death of innocent individuals.
The terrible effects of medical malpractice involving MRSA infections also include patients who lose all of their limbs. My partner, Dr. Walter Ward, a medical doctor and lawyer, has spent significant time educating our clients on the correct method of avoiding MRSA, and when it is diagnosed-the proper method to treat it. Obviously, hospitals and doctors must do all that they can to protect their patients from this serious risk of harm.
Most MRSA infections occur in hospitals or other health care settings, such as nursing homes and dialysis centers. It’s known as health care-associated MRSA, or HA-MRSA. Older adults and people with weakened immune systems are at most risk of HA-MRSA. More recently, another type of MRSA has occurred among otherwise healthy people in the wider community. This form, community-associated MRSA, or CA-MRSA, is responsible for serious skin and soft tissue infections and for a serious form of pneumonia.