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Can I File a Medical Malpractice Claim for a Hospital-Acquired Infection?

When a Cleveland, Ohio, the patient develops an infection while being treated at a hospital, and it significantly impacts his or her health, he or she may be eligible to file a medical malpractice claim.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 2 million infections are contracted in hospitals every year, and approximately 90,000 of them result in death. About 1.5 million more infections are contracted in long-term care facilities, for a total of 3.5 million each year.

To toughen its stance on the issue, the United States government declared in 2008 that Medicare, the country’s health insurance program for the elderly and disabled, would not reimburse the cost of hospital infections or any other preventable conditions that result from medical mistakes. In other words, if you acquire an infection while being treated at a medical facility, those additional expenses will not be forwarded to Medicare. The hospital or clinic will have to pay for your treatment.

If you developed a serious and debilitating infection at a hospital, attorney Chris Mellino welcomes you to contact our Cleveland office with any questions you may have. You may also download or request Chris’ free, easy-to-read guide to filing a claim in Ohio.

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