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Hospital Infection

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If unfortunate enough to be admitted to hospital but, if we are, we all expect a clean and safe environment that is going to help us. Sadly this does not always happen. Some patients can contract a hospital infection that could seriously affect their prognosis, sometimes becoming life threatening.

Contracting a Superbug Hospital Infection

The most common forms of hospital infection are MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) and C Difficile (Clostridum Difficile or C-Diff), often referred to as ‘superbugs’. They are highly resistant to antibiotics, which is why they can become so serious, meaning that strong antibiotics have to be used. Other infectious ‘superbugs’ include:

Often these types of hospital infection are attributed to poor standards of hygiene in hospitals or amongst hospital staff.

Below are some common factors that could help us in pursuing your case.

These points can often help us to see if a lack of proper medical care caused you to contract the infection or caused it to worsen, for example if you have received inappropriate wound care, inappropriate antibiotics or if the treatment was wrongly monitored.

If you have suffered from a hospital infection caused by medical negligence it could be important to make a claim for compensation. You could be forced to take a long period of time off work losing income, and face a lengthy stay in hospital. A full recovery is normally possible, but occasionally a patient is left with long term effects such as scarring, or in more serious cases the consequences can be fatal.

Hospitals Must Follow Strict Rules to Prevent Hospital Infection

Hospital procedures need to be vigorous to prevent a hospital infection from spreading, which could include stringent hand washing, regular cleaning of wards with the right disinfectants, and use of disposable gloves and gowns. There are now strict rules in place to prevent the increase of superbugs and if hospitals fail to follow them they could be accused of being negligent.

Hattons Can Advise You On Your Options

We can advise you of your best options and answer any concerns or questions that you have before processing any claim for compensation after a hospital infection.

We work closely with our clients to keep them informed about their claim and our clients can also access our online file view system to find out where their case is up to at their own convenience.

If you would like legal advice about a hospital infection claim for compensation call our friendly legal team on 0800 298 9690 or alternatively fill in the Claim Now Form to the right of this screen and we will call or email you back.

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