If you or a family member has been hospitalized or is living in a Michigan nursing home or long-term care facility, it is important to be aware of dangerous infections that can spread easily in such institutions.
Clostridium difficile, also known as C. difficile, C. diff or CDI, is a bacteria that may develop because of the prolonged use of antibiotics. The bacteria can survive on surfaces such as toilet seats, bed pans, bath tubs, rectal thermometers or any surface that comes in contact with feces. It can be spread through contact with human hands if the hands are not thoroughly washed.
The spread of C. difficile can be prevented by thorough hand washing and careful cleaning of surfaces where the bacteria thrives. If you have been sickened by this bacteria, a health care worker at a hospital or nursing home may have been negligent, and you may have a claim for legal damages to cover your medical expenses and other bills.
That's where the nursing home abuse attorneys at Michigan Injury Lawyers can help.
Based in Bloomfield Hills, we have represented many Michigan residents injured by medical negligence. As you focus on your health and recovery, we will fight for the benefits and compensation you deserve.
The medical negligence lawyers of Michigan Injury Lawyers, represent clients across Michigan, including Macomb County, Oakland County, Warren, Clinton Township, Sterling Heights, St. Clair Shores, Mount Clemens, Utica, Roseville, Troy, Farmington Hills, Waterford, Southfield, Pontiac, Birmingham Michigan, Rochester Hills, West Bloomfield and Bloomfield Hills.
Call Michigan Injury Lawyers, at (888) 454-0801, or contact us online for an evaluation of your claim. If there is no recovery in your case, there is no fee for our services.
More About C. Difficile Infections
The bacteria attacks the intestinal tract and can cause diarrhea and other problems that are potentially life-threatening, especially in an elderly person or someone already combating another illness.
In 2004, a more virulent form of C. difficile was identified. This strain produces more toxins than previous ones, resulting in higher rates of mortality. The disease causes 28,500 deaths annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Some common symptoms of a C. difficile infection are:
- Watery diarrhea
- Decreased appetite
- Abdominal pain or tenderness
C. difficile outbreaks have been reported in hospitals in several states. The bacteria infects nearly a half-million Americans each year, according the University of Michigan, which was awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health to find ways to curb the problem.
Contact our Medical Malpractice Attorneys Today
A person suffering from a C. difficile infection may have been exposed to this harmful form of bacteria through the negligence of a hospital or nursing home staff. That's why it is important to seek treatment right away and to consult with a medical malpractice attorney who will make sure your legal rights are protected.
If you or a family member were exposed to C. difficile bacteria while in a health care facility, the medical malpractice lawyers at Michigan Injury Lawyers, can provide a free evaluation of your case. Contact us at (888) 454-0801 or use our online contact form. If there is no recovery in your case, there is no fee for our services.