Aaron (not a real person) hated needles, and so he dreaded the increasingly frequent appointments for his knee at the outpatient clinic. It was there, during a procedure that Aaron could barely stand to think about, let alone watch, that a medical technician would insert a frighteningly large gauge needle into his osteoarthritic knee and inject it with a corticosteroid-laced mixture of lubricants. For at least a few weeks – a couple of months, if he was lucky – Aaron’s knee would stop pulsating with breathtaking pain every time it bore his weight. Yes, Aaron hated needles, but he liked being able to walk. And work.
Aaron doesn’t do either of those things anymore, though, because he no longer has a knee. Within hours of his last injection treatment, his knee swelled up, and his entire lower leg soon did the same. He developed a high fever and was in agonizing pain. His family rushed him to the emergency room, where he was diagnosed with a virulent staph infection. The infection quickly proved resistant to the most powerful antibiotics the hospital had available, and the medical staff made a difficult choice that was necessary to save Aaron’s life: amputate the infected leg before the infection spread.
It turned out that Aaron was only one of 11 people who suffered severe staph infections after injections at the clinic that month. Local health inspectors soon determined that many of the clinic staff, including some directly involved with the preparation and administration of the injections, were not following basic, routine precautions of infection control, including insufficient hand hygiene and failure to use new, sterile gloves for each patient.
The amputation saved Aaron’s life, but he faces a difficult road to recovery. With Aaron forced to take extended leave from his job at a machinist’s shop, his family is no longer able to make ends meet on his wife’s earnings from her part-time retail job. His health insurance is still in place, for now, but it doesn’t cover all his medical expenses, to say nothing of the cost of the rehabilitation and prosthesis that Aaron will need to return to work.
Aaron’s attorney knew that he had a strong malpractice case against the healthcare company that operated the clinic, but she also knew that it would likely be several months before the first serious settlement offer was on the table. Aaron’s family needed money now. She told them to call USClaims. If you’re having trouble meeting your expenses while waiting for a legal settlement or a judgment related to a medical malpractice case, USClaims can help.
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