New Jersey MRSA Infections Lawyers
As in the case of many medical conditions, prevention is the key when it comes to MRSA infections. The staphylococcus aureus bacteria, or staph, are responsible for the MRSA infection in humans, which stands for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. This condition can be difficult to eliminate because the bacterium is resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat it. MRSA infections can prove fatal if symptoms are ignored or if proper medical treatment is neglected.
Although staph bacteria can exist in the nose or on the skin of almost one-third of our population, the majority of MRSA infections in New Jersey and throughout the nation are contracted in hospitals, nursing homes, dialysis centers, or other health care facilities. One of the most frightening and interesting aspects of MRSA is that you can have it, but not be infected; therefore, healthy individuals are capable of being infected and showing no signs, but can pass MRSA to others. Therefore, medical institutions also need to take reasonable precautions to reduce the presence of the MRSA bacteria.
Symptoms of MRSA
To determine if you are a MRSA carrier or if you do in fact have symptoms of MRSA, it is advised to seek medical attention from your health care provider and undergo proper testing especially since severe cases can lead to potentially life-threatening infections in joints, bones, the bloodstream, surgical wounds, lungs, and heart valves. However, some signs to look for include:
- Red bumps that bear a resemblance to boils, bites, or pimples
- Warmth and/or tenderness of the wound, typically red in color
- Painful abscesses, which may or may not display pus- a yellow-white fluid requiring surgical draining
Who is at Risk for MRSA?
Health care associated MRSA, or HA-MRSA, mostly puts older adults at risk as well as people who have weakened immune systems. The following circumstances could also be the cause for having HA-MRSA:
- Recent antibiotic use of cephalosporin antibiotics or fluoroquinolones (ciprofloxacin, ofloxacin or levofloxacin)
- A recent or current hospital stay of over 14 days
- Invasive devices such as catheters, feeding tubes, or tools used in dialysis
- Long-term residence in a care facility
Community-associated MRSA, or CA-MRSA, as it refers to in the name, can affect anyone in the general population who fits into the following criteria:
- Active in skin-to-skin contact sports
- Is a child or young adult
- Having a weak immune system
- Interact with health care professionals
- Live in an unsanitary or crowded space
- Share towels, razors, or athletic uniforms or equipment
If you have been diagnosed with any strain of MRSA and believe the serious infection has been caused by a negligent party, such as a hospital, nursing home, or care facility, you may be entitled to economic compensation as well as restitution for your physical injuries. Similarly, if a loved one has suffered death due to MRSA contracted because of anotherís negligence, there may be a basis to pursue a wrongful death claim as well, and request compensation for the loss of the next of kinís income, guidance, advice, services, counseling & support. The NJ medical malpractice attorneys at Blume Goldfaden can assist you in your time of need by helping you receive deserved compensation. Call us today for a free case evaluation.