Hospital Acquired Infections Compensation Claims
Hospital acquired infections are those which are contracted whilst a patient is in the care of the hospital, rather than those that they already had when they arrived. They can develop as a result of medical treatment in the community, surgical procedures in a hospital or simply being in a healthcare setting. Healthcare professionals have to adhere to strict cleanliness procedures and work very hard to prevent this very thing from happening. However, sometimes hospital staff can be extremely busy and resources are tight which means that mistakes do happen.
It is unfortunate but going into hospital can, from time to time, make you more unwell than you were when you went in. If this has happened to you then WIN Wales may be able to help you claim compensation without the risk of costly upfront legal fees.
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The most common hospital acquired infection is Meticillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, more commonly known as MRSA. This is a bacterial infection which is difficult to treat with antibiotics. It can cause an infection on the skin, which could show up as a swollen and painful wound, boil or abscess. It can also cause much more serious problems such as pneumonia or blood poisoning. Other common infections acquired by hospital patients are Clostridium Difficile (C.Diff) and Escherichia Coli (E.Coli).
The amount of damages which can be recovered depends on the severity of the illness caused by the infection. WIN Wales can provide expert advice on what you can expect to receive and the best course of action.
MRSA is usually contracted by skin to skin contact, but can also spread through contact with the same sheets, towels and dressings which have come into contact with the bacteria. MRSA can be carried by anybody without them realising it, so with the number of people in a healthcare setting it is very easy for the bacteria to spread and this is one of the reasons that hospital patients are at an increased risk of contracting the infection.
Hospital acquired infections are unfortunately becoming more and more common and this has led to rising numbers of patients who have fallen seriously ill or even died as a result. Despite the best efforts of healthcare providers we firmly believe that this is an avoidable tragedy and that nobody should have to suffer for mistakes made whilst under their duty of care.
Until recently it was very difficult to successfully make a claim for medical negligence for contracting infections such as MRSA whilst in hospital. However, following a landmark legal ruling it is possible to make a claim if it can be show that the healthcare provider failed to follow their infection control procedures and that this led to a patient contracting the infection. If successful, the hospital will be liable for any injury caused to a patient which means that compensation can be awarded. Depending on the severity of the illness this could be a significant sum of money.
WINWales are experts in the field of medical negligence and will work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the recognition and compensation that you deserve. Your case will be allocated to the specialist solicitor closest to your home and you will deal with the same person throughout the entire process. This means that your solicitor will always be on hand to answer any questions and provide advice with minimal disruption to you.
Our friendly and professional lawyers have your best interests at heart. We aim to obtain the best possible settlement for you, whilst dealing with the case with the utmost sensitivity and professionalism.
We work on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, so you will not have to pay a penny if we are not successful.
If you believe that you have suffered as a result of contracting a hospital acquired infection contact WINWales today for a no obligation initial consultation and find out how much your claim might be worth.
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