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Hospital Infection Claims

Were you, or someone in your family affected by a hospital infection in the last three years? Whether you contracted hospital-acquired pneumonia due to a bacterial outbreak, or you have suffered due to a more serious condition such as MRSA, our hospital infections claims Hospital Infections Claimsolicitors could help you to seek compensation for your suffering on a no win no fee basis. We’ve already concluded thousands of claims on behalf of patients who have been victims of appalling standards in hospitals in the UK, and with a high success rate, are considered experts in this often complicated field of medical negligence law. Book a free consultation with one of our solicitors today to find out whether you could be entitled to compensation.

Hospital infection cases have received a great deal of press coverage in recent months owing to the higher than normal mortality rates uncovered at a handful of facilities in the UK. Naturally these reports raise suspicion regarding the standards of hygiene in many hospitals, which are often to blame for serious outbreaks. The majority of hospitals in the UK cannot be faulted in regard to their approach to hygiene and safety, however, there are a growing number of cases being reported where failing standards have led to patients contracting serious infections whilst being treated for unrelated conditions.

Hospital infection claims can be made for a variety of bacterial and viral conditions attributed to poor hygiene standards and contaminated equipment, including:

  • Legionnaire’s Disease
  • MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)
  • Septicaemia and blood poisoning.
  • MSSA (Methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus)
  • Infections of the urinary tract (UTI’s)
  • Hospital-acquired pneumonia
  • Wound and surgical site infections.
  • Tuberculosis
  • VRE (Vancomycin-resistant enterococcus)
  • E-Coli
  • Meningitis
  • Gastroenteritis

If you have suffered from an illness or infection whilst being treated in hospital, you could you be entitled to medical negligence compensation. Our medical negligence solicitors will be happy to evaluate your case free of charge to ascertain your entitlement, and answer any questions you might have about the legal process. Simply complete the application form online and let us know the best time to call you back to discuss your case.

What is a Hospital-Acquired Infection?

A hospital-acquired infection defines any bacterial or viral condition caused by environmental factors within a medical facility. The majority of such illnesses are attributed to contaminated medical equipment and poor standards of hygiene, however you may also contract a hospital-acquired illness if a patient suffering from a contagious condition has not been quarantined or isolated from other patients.

Hospital-acquired illnesses encompass a wide range of contagious and non-contagious conditions. Some, such as urinary tract infections (UTI’s) are easily treated with a course of antibiotics, whereas others, like MRSA, are highly resistant to most types of medication. Nearly all hospitals have safety protocols which define how patients should be isolated and treated in the event of an infection outbreak, however, this alone isn’t always enough to prevent more susceptible patients (such as the elderly, newborn infants and pregnant women) from contracting the same illness.

Could You Be Entitled to Compensation?

Whether you attend an outpatient clinic, or you are admitted to hospital for surgery, you have a legal and moral right to expect that staff make every effort to ensure that hygiene standards are maintained throughout.  But while many facilities often exceed the accepted standard, the failings of some continue to put patient lives at risk, giving rise to thousands of hospital infection claims.

There are several factors which might influence your ability to make a claim. Firstly, you must be able to prove that you have suffered from an infection or illness which was not present at the time you were being treated. In addition, it must be shown that your illness was caused by the negligence or failings of hospital staff. For most people, proving that negligence has occurred seems a daunting prospect, however, our medical negligence solicitors don’t expect you to compile the necessary evidence in support of your claim. We undertake all aspects of claim investigation on your behalf, sourcing medical records and independent medical opinions to corroborate the details you have provided.

Our Approach to Hospital Negligence Claims

We understand that, for many people, compensation is often the last thing on their mind following a diagnosis. We can also sympathise with the Hospital Infectionfact that many people find the prospect of taking legal action a frightening and stressful decision. Our medical negligence solicitors have simplified the claims process, meaning that you won’t be required to procure evidence, or even be present whilst compensation is being negotiated. Furthermore, we pledge to offer continued support for as long as you need it – be this in the form of someone to share your concerns with, or to seek medical advice regarding your condition. We have established strong rapports with a number of leading medical specialists, and depending on the circumstances of your case, may be able to refer you for private treatment at no cost.

If you believe you may have grounds for a hospital infection claim, seek advice from one of our legal representatives who will be able to advise you whether or not you have a case. Call us free on the helpline number above, or submit your enquiry online to arrange your free, no obligation consultation. We’re committed to getting you the compensation you deserve, and will fight on your behalf for the maximum compensation we believe you are entitled to.