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Bacteria Loaded IV Bags Infects 19 Patients

When someone goes to hospital, they expect to get well. They do not expect they will be infected by bacteria in their IV feeds.

“The fallout from this case will likely continue for a number of months, if not years. It all happened in Alabama, at six different hospitals. Nine patients were infected with bacteria while they were on IV fluids and died. Nineteen in total were infected. The culprit was subsequently identified as serratia marcescens bacteremia,” said Daren Monroe, who writes for Litigation Funding Corporation, Southfield, Michigan.

The CDC tracked the bacteria to bags used for intravenous feeding, referred to total parenteral nutrition. Unfortunately, nine had succumbed to the bacterial disease, and 10 were seriously suffering as a result of receiving the infected IV fluid, before there was a discernable pattern emerging of bacterial infections in high-risk patients.

“Evidently the outbreak actually started in late January, but was not identified as being a problem, until mid-March, 2011. The bags were all recalled and had only been available through one manufacturer,” Monroe said.

It is extremely likely that at least nine families of those who died as a result of the contaminated IV bags will want to file wrongful death lawsuits. It is also possible that those who survived the bacterial infection may wish to file personal injury lawsuits.

“When issues such as wrongful death and serious injury as a result of someone’s negligence arise, most people are facing catastrophic financial ruin when the bills start arriving. Hospital stays for any length of time, even with health insurance, are horrendously expensive. Add in the extra care required for patients during the bacterial outbreak and the bills will go up higher,” Monroe said. What options do the families of the nine dead patients have to pay medical bills and other expenses? What options do the survivors have?

In either instance, the parties have the option of applying for litigation funding. This is a lawsuit cash advance or loan, advanced in anticipation of a settlement or court verdict, to the plaintiff to let them get back on their feet financially. This is very important for the plaintiff, who by the time they apply for pre-settlement funding is likely staring at near financial ruin as a result of their illness.

When a victim applies for litigation funding, they do not get put through a lot of hoops. The lawsuit finance company considers the details of their case, determines if it stands a chance of winning in court and if they think it does, they move forward from there and send funds. In most, if not all instances, the plaintiff’s legal funding will arrive within 24 to 48 hours.

When the funds arrive, the plaintiff uses them to pay their bills – all of their bills. Their only other task is to then wait for justice and heal. They do not have to take ridiculous settlement offers from insurance companies, not with pre-settlement funding in the bank. “It’s a good deal for plaintiffs,” Monroe said, “and we would encourage you to call our offices if you have any questions, or find yourself in a situation where you need legal funding to get back on your feet.”

To learn more about lawsuit funding and litigation funding, visit http://www.litigationfundingcorp.com/.

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