Hospital Infection Negligence Claims
Medical negligence can refer to any aspect of your treatment or care, including post-operative care in a hospital. While it recovers from the effects of illness or surgery, your body is especially susceptible to infection. Supposedly a place of healing, it can be devastating when contracting an infection in hospital hinders your recovery.
What is Hospital Infection Negligence?
Not every infection acquired in the hospital is due to negligence. Sometimes a person’s immune system is so weakened that even everyday germs brought in by their visitors can make them ill. Some hospital acquired infections, however, are avoidable and only contracted when a patient receives negligent care.
Hospital acquired infection negligence can be caused by:
- Improper or lax hand washing.
- Reusing materials or surgical tools which are infected.
- Insufficient cleaning of surfaces and facilities.
- Improper disposal of infected materials.
- Failure to screen patients before admission.
The two most common hospital-acquired infections are MRSA and. C. Difficile. Both spread through skin-to- skin contact and while contraction is not necessarily due to negligence, hospitals have strict regimes to reduce the rate of infection, including screening patients for MRSA before admitting them to the hospital. The bacteria lives relatively harmlessly only a person’s skin, but when it finds its way into a patient’s body, such as through a surgical wound, it can cause blood poisoning and sepsis, and can be fatal in patients who are already weak.
C.Difficile can cause extremely high temperatures and violent bouts of diarrhoea, along with dehydration and lack of appetite. Symptoms which would be uncomfortable enough in an otherwise healthy person can become life-threatening to a patient who does not have the physical reserves to fight the infection.
How Can We Help?
Contact The Medical Negligence Experts if you believe you contracted an infection in a hospital due to negligence. It is not enough to suspect you contracted the illness due to neglect; the onus is on you to prove it. Obtaining proof might be possible if you were screened for traces of the bacteria before you were admitted to hospital and were found to have none. You may have suffered delays in the diagnosis or treatment of your infection, or it could be possible to prove other examples of negligent care which left you susceptible, such as inadequate changing of dressings, or poor hygiene practices.
After we have established you have a valid claim, we will work with you, utilising the expertise of independent medical practitioners were necessary, to compile the evidence needed to prove that not only were you the victim of negligent treatment but that you suffered injury or ill health as a result. The proof will then go to the responsible practitioner who will carry out their investigation into your experience. If they agree, they will make an offer of compensation based on our summary of loss of earnings and any extra expenses you have incurred through their negligence. If they do not agree you have suffered from negligent care, or they acknowledge your care was substandard but not that it contributed to your illness or injury, we will submit your claim to court for their ruling.
There is a strict time limit for submitting a compensation claim for medical negligence to the court so contact the team of solicitors at The Medical Negligence Experts today.
Need some help?
Am I eligible?
If you have suffered from medical negligence in the past 3 years, the short answer is yes.
However, medical negligence can be complicated, so we recommend that you speak with one of our expert solicitors - It’s Free.
How much could I claim?
As every medical case is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: Level of negligence, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.
Our experienced team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim.
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party of your claim against them. With your dedicated solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be kept up to date every step of the way.
Why should you use us?
No Win No Fee
We offer a No Win No Fee* service on all our claims - We assess each claim on its merits with the information provided, which aids us to determine its likely success rate. This takes the risk away from you.
Our experienced solicitors are experts in securing compensation no matter the level of negligence.
We are committed to securing the best possible outcome for you, while providing friendly support every step of the way.
Personal Dedicated Solicitors
On contact, you will be allocated your own expert Medical Negligence solicitor who will be there every step of the way. You will be provided with a direct phone number and direct email address of your solicitor.
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We specialise in helping victims of medical negligence claim the compensation they deserve.
We work on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning if we don’t win your case, you don’t pay! Once you make contact, your experienced solicitor will work to recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
Whether you are ready to make a medical negligence claim, or you would just like a free conversation with a legal professional, we have experts on hand to give you all the information you need. Take the first step to getting what you deserve by filling in our quick contact form and we will call you back whenever suits you.