New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer Reviews Contracting MRSA While in a Hospital

The Law Firm of Jonathan C. Reiter offers information about the legal rights of those who contract MRSA during a hospital stay.

Feb 21, 2014, 10:17 ET from Law Firm of Jonathan C. Reiter

NEW YORK, Feb. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Hospitals are required to take steps to maintain a safe and healthy environment for patients and visitors. When they fail to do so patient exposure to illness and infection often results. One of the most problematic occurrences faced by many patients in a hospital setting is the risk of contracting MRSA. MRSA is a bacterium that has shown to be resistant to common antibiotics, leaving many infections in patients difficult to cure.


"MRSA is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a type of staph bacteria that is resistant to many antibiotics. In a healthcare setting, such as a hospital or nursing home, MRSA can cause severe problems such as bloodstream infections, pneumonia and surgical site infections."

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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

"Many MRSA infections occur in hospitals and healthcare facilities. When infections occur in this manner it is known as healthcare acquired MRSA or HA-MRSA. These Rates of MRSA infection are also increased in hospitalized patients who are treated with quinolones."

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The relatively high rate of occurrence for healthcare acquired MRSA (HA-MRSA) has been the focus of several studies conducted to find ways to reduce infection rates for patients. Although a CDC study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine showed a decline in life-threatening HA-MRSA infections in recent years, the bacterium has continued to be a serious threat to patients, affecting thousands of people in hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities each year.

Patients who are injured in a hospital setting whether as a result of a medical mistake, or negligence when it comes to maintaining a sanitary environment, have legal options for pursuing compensation for damages they may incur as a result. Invasive MRSA infections form the basis for many legitimate claims. MRSA infection lawsuits account for a significant number of cases related to life threatening hospital acquired infections each year.

The New York medical malpractice attorneys of The Law Firm of Jonathan C. Reiter are available to help patients who have contracted invasive MRSA in a hospital or healthcare setting understand their legal options for seeking compensation. Individuals can contact the law firm today for a free case review.

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