Infections that are left untreated can become extremely serious, while infections that are correctly identified and treated early on can often be completely cured. That is why it is so important for doctors and other medical providers to keep an eye out for the signs of infection.
At the law firm of DeLuca & Weizenbaum in Providence, our team of experienced lawyers helps clients throughout Rhode Island pursue medical malpractice claims for infection misdiagnosis. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, contact us today.
Did You Have the Signs and Symptoms of an Infection?
Whether you have gotten an infection out in the community or while undergoing a medical procedure, any doctor who examines you ought to be able to identify the most common signs and symptoms of infection, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Redness and swelling
- Congestion and coughing
- Pain without trauma
Infections can often be treated, and their more serious symptoms can often be controlled, with the help of antibiotics and other drugs. Any delay in treating an infection could cause it to get worse, potentially causing serious long-term damage and even death.
Did Your Doctor Order the Right Tests?
Infections can be detected through the use of blood testing, urine testing, and — in the case of pneumonia — radiological imaging. A responsible doctor will order tests for anyone with the warning signs of infection, especially elderly people, children and cancer patients.
If you've been harmed because your doctor failed to diagnose that you had an infection, don't hesitate to contact us to discuss whether you have a medical malpractice claim. We will not charge you any fees unless we help you obtain compensation.