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An MRSA Infection Injury and Filing Accident Claims

Have you sustained an MRSA infection injury? Was it due to an unacceptable standard of care by a medical provider, such as a doctor, hospital or clinic? If this is the case, it would be a wise idea to talk to a personal injury attorney.

What is MRSA? It stands for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) bacteria. This bacteria is referred to by other names. This is according to the place where a person acquires the bacteria. It is known as hospital-acquired MRSA (HA-MRSA), if you get the bacteria in a hospital. It is referred to as community-acquired MRSA (CA-MRSA), if you acquire it in the community.

An MRSA infection results from Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. This is commonly known as "staph." MRSA infection is a strain of staph that is resistant to the broad-spectrum antibiotics that are commonly used to treat it. MRSA infection can prove to be fatal.

The number of MRSA infections in the United States has increased significantly in the past decade or so. It is estimated that the number of MRSA infections treated in hospitals doubled nationwide, from approximately 127,000 in 1999, to 278,000 in 2005. During this same period of time, deaths increased from 11,000 to more than 17,000. In 2005, alone, it is estimated that an MRSA infection was associated with 18,650 hospital stay-related deaths and was the cause of 94,360 serious infections in the United States.

An MRSA infection takes place most often among people in hospitals and healthcare facilities (such as dialysis centers and nursing homes) who have weakened immune systems. These healthcare-associated staph infections include bloodstream infections, pneumonia, surgical wound infections and urinary tract infections.

There are two primary ways in which you are infected with an MRSA infection. The first way is through physical contact with a person who is either a carrier of the infection or infected with MRSA infection. The second way is to physically contact an MRSA infection on an object like a door handle, towel, sink or floor that has been touched by an MRSA-infected carrier or person. Normal skin tissue will not usually allow an MRSA infection to develop. However, if there are cuts, abrasions or other skin flaws, MRSA may grow.

An MRSA infection injury is when an MRSA infection develops due to an unacceptable standard of care by a medical provider. An MRSA infection injury can occur in a doctor’s office, clinic, hospital or other type of medical care facility.

Signs and symptoms of MRSA

An MRSA infection injury is known for causing skin infections. Possible signs and symptoms include:

  • Abscesses - Collections of pus under your skin
  • Carbuncles - Infections larger than abscesses
  • Boils - Pus-filled infections of your hair follicles
  • Impetigo - Skin infection with pus-filled blisters
  • Sty - Infection of your eye gland
  • Cellulitis - Infection of your skin or the fat and tissues that lie right below your skin, usually beginning as small red bumps in your skin

If you have suffered an MRSA infection injury because of receiving an unacceptable standard of care by a medical provider, you should call a personal injury attorney.