It's worrying enough to be admitted to hospital for treatment. However, if you contract an infection whilst in hospital, this can sometimes have very severe consequences. In cases of more vulnerable patients, hospital infections can even cause premature death.
Hospital acquired infections, or nosocomial infections, are usually spread through skin to skin contact with someone who is already carrying the bacteria.
Surgical wounds, catheters or burns allow bacteria to easily enter the body.
The most common hospital acquired infections include
- C.Difficile (Clostridium difficile)
- Staph Infections
Claims for Hospital Contracted Infections
Medical centres and hospitals are required to have strict hygiene controls and quality improvement plans in place, which are designed to prevent the spread of hospital acquired infection. However, where these controls or plans aren't followed correctly, infections can quickly spread over many inpatients with dire consequences for the weak, elderly and vulnerable.
Therefore, when this type of infection does occur it can often be linked to poor care, which gives the potential for a successful medical negligence claim
You may be eligible to make a claim for hospital acquired infection compensation, if you have suffered from any of the following:
- You were screened for MRSA or C. Difficile when you were admitted to hospital, and were found to be free of infection
- There were delays in recognising, and treating the infection
- The hospital failed to treat the infection properly once it was detected
- There was an obvious breach of duty of care, for example inappropriate use of antibiotics, poor wound care, or a lack of monitoring
No Win No Fee Hospital Infection Claims
Garratts Solicitors offer a no obligation, initial consultation and a 'No Win No Fee' agreement for this type of case so there's no financial risk to you.
We have offices in Oldham, Ashton, Newton Heath, Radcliffe, Stalybridge and Worsley and you can be seen at any of these offices to suit you. Alternatively, we offer a home or hospital visit for people who are unable to attend our offices.