spinal staph infection

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Latest post Tue, Aug 7 2007 9:09 PM by Sharon - Community Moderator (Admin). 3 replies.
  • Tue, Aug 7 2007 10:13 AM

    • deegee
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    Sad [:(] spinal staph infection

    My husband needed lumbar back surgery (his fifth). He had the surgery April 20. 3 days later he started getting ill. It wasn't until he was readmitted to the hospital on May 3, they determined he had a staph infection on his spinal column at the surgery site. 8 weeks of vancomycin (IV anti-biotic) later they said he was healed. His pain continued to increase. Lived on vicodin and anti-inflammatories. Had another MRI July 2. This showed that the staph infection destroyed the disc. He had surgery again on July 31 for a anterior and posterior lumbar fusion. He was opened in three different locations to complete this surgery. 4 days in the ICU then to the regular surgical floor, was discharged yesterday. He is again on the vancomycin because evidently the staph infection is still present.

    He is now on a short term disability with his employer ($200 per week). We are facing financial ruin, he is applying for social security disability because he will not be able to return to his former job of a laborer with a municipality in Pennsylvania.

    Do you think there is any possibility of success in a lawsuit against the hospital for the staph infection? Or is this just a lost cause?
  • Tue, Aug 7 2007 11:28 AM In reply to

    • carol3
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    Feedback [*=*] re: spinal staph infection

    I am sorry for your husband's medical problems.

    Any surgical procdure comes with the risk of infection. However, if the hospital/doctors failed to properly treat the infection, you might have a case. Only a medical malpractice attorney in your state can make that determination.

    When you say '3 days later he started getting ill,' was he still in the hospital at that time or if at home, did he return to the doctor immediately, or the ER?

    You state on May 3 he was readmitted at which time they determined he had a staph infection and began treatment which continues to the present and that he required additional surgery.

    You should take all of his medical records to a medical malpractice attorney in your state who will arrange to have his records reviewed by a medical expert to determine if malpractice ocurred.




  • Tue, Aug 7 2007 12:48 PM In reply to

    re: spinal staph infection

    There's no way we can guess whether medical malpractice occurred. Infection is an inherent risk with surgery.

    "Do you think there is any possibility of success in a lawsuit against the hospital for the staph infection?"

    We can't guess from here. If the hospital has a record of an inordinate level of infection, who knows. Husband would have to talk with a local med-mal attorney or two to even get an idea whether someone wants to pursue.


  • Tue, Aug 7 2007 9:09 PM In reply to

    deegee-

    I am sorry for your husband's current condition.

    Should you want to search for a Medical Malpractice attorney in your area, use the "Find a Lawyer" feature to the right of the screen.

    Sharon
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