Delayed diagnosis of hospital infections can lead to a progression of disease and an adverse outcome. Left untreated, infections can progress from a local problem to sepsis, a systemic response to the infection. With further progression, sepsis can turn to shock, organ failure and, ultimately, death. Likewise, a delay in treatment can make it necessary to employ life-saving medicines, called pressors, that carry their own risks. Further, once a patient suffers an arrest, resuscitation has been shown to cause cognitive damage from so-called reperfusion injuries.
One of the challenges that a medical malpractice lawyer faces in proving a claim for a delay in diagnosis and treatment of hospital infections has to do with proving