C. Diff Lawsuits in Illinois
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Clostridium difficile, also called C. diff, is a bacterium found in the intestine. C. diff illnesses are most prevalent in health care facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes. A healthy person may carry C. diff but not get sick. Those who aren't healthy, however, may get very sick.
C. diff is spread through feces and can be passed from person to person if precautions aren't taken. Health care workers should wash their hands and/or use hand sanitizer between patients. All surfaces in nursing homes and hospitals should be properly disinfected. And when a patient has a C. diff infection, they should be treated in a private room, isolated from any other patients.
When proper hygiene is ignored, the bacteria can spread, often on the hands of a health care worker or on surfaces and objects in a health care facility. The spores are strong and can live for weeks on some surfaces. Not all disinfectants work to kill the bacteria, and the CDC has recommended certain methods that health care facilities should follow. If a person touches an infected object, they could ingest the spores and become ill.
Some people develop a C. diff infection while taking antibiotics or after taking them. Certain antibiotics can trigger a C. diff infection because they alter the balance of good and bad bacteria in the body. Early diagnosis can make a difference.
Initial symptoms of C. diff illness include mild abdominal cramps and diarrhea. In more severe cases, where C. diff causes inflammation or tissue damage in the colon, symptoms may include blood in the stool, fever, abdominal pain, dehydration and weight loss. Under the worst case scenarios you never recover any meaningful existence or you pass away.
Treatment may include stopping an antibiotic treatment, switching to a different antibiotic, and in more severe cases surgery may be required. Even if treated, a C. diff infection can return. I
In addition to proper hygiene, prompt diagnosis and treatment can prevent serious illness. If a hospital or nursing home fails to prevent, diagnose or treat C. diff, and you or a family member becomes ill as a result, you may have a malpractice case. If a loved one has died from C. diff, you may have a wrongful death case.
There are many personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys in Illinois, but not all of them have experience in C. diff cases. If you were to take a look at trial and settlement results in the last ten years, you would find that only a handful of law firms in Illinois can demonstrate any real success or experience with these cases. Hiring those firms doesn't assure you of a result, but it certainly gives you the greatest chance of winning your case. You don't want to hire a lawyer that doesn't know how to analyze medical records for this terrible infection and doesn't know the right experts to consult with about the case. If you have questions or would like an attorney referral please
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