All hospitals are meant to provide the necessary treatment you need, and to do this, they have to ensure that the environment and the hospital itself are safe for you and your loved ones.
Unfortunately, this is not the case as it is possible to contract some diseases while in the hospital that could further compromise your health and make you sicker. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in 20 patients contracts an infection while in the hospital.
Unfortunately, more than 100,000 individuals die from these conditions. Common illnesses that anyone can get while in the hospital include urinary tract infection, bloodstream infections, lung infections like ventilator-associated pneumonia (VSA), surgical site or wound infections.
All of these infections are known as Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI). Thankfully, many of these infections are not very common, but still they do happen. If you get infected and your condition worsens, what can you do? Whom can you hold liable? Well, that depends on a few factors: