Hospital acquired infections
Going into hospital is a worrying time for everyone, and the threat of infection only increases the stress. Getting an infection in hospital can happen and we see stories in the news regularly about MRSA and C.Difficile.
When you are in hospital you are normally in a more vulnerable state, have a lowered immune system, or open wounds. This leaves you susceptible to infection and is a weaker position to fight any infection.
How do you get an infection?
Infections are caught by skin to skin contact with someone carrying the bacteria – often they won’t know they are a carrier. If you have wounds from surgery, a catheter or burns, it is easier for infections to enter your body.
If a medical professional is not following the strict hygiene controls at the hospital, or medical centre then it is easy to spread infection. If it is found the medical professional did not follow the control, then it is classed as medical negligence.
You may be able to claim for medical negligence if:
- When you entered hospital you were tested for MRSA and C. Difficile and were found not to have either infection
- There were delays in diagnosing and treating the infection
- The infection was not treated correctly
- There was obviously neglect by medical staff – not managing the care of your wounds, inappropriate use of antibiotics, failure to diagnosis and treat you promptly.
How can we help?
Here at Negligence Claimline our friendly team are here to help you get the support you need. Working with a panel of specialist medical negligence solicitors, we can assist you with your potential claim.
Sometimes an apology is enough, but in other cases compensation will be the only solution to help you get your life back on track.
Our service, putting you in contact with one of our expert panel members, is free and you are not obliged to take the advice the solicitor gives you, or to progress your claim any further if you do not wish.
Can I sue the NHS?
The NHS was created so that good healthcare should be available to all, and it is one of the country’s proudest achievements. However, if something goes wrong during your treatment you deserve answers and, where necessary, financial compensation.
We do not treat your claim lightly. However, the treatment you consider negligent must be considered unreasonable, irresponsible, and harmful.
When someone suffers an injury that impacts their live, or that of a loved one, then it is vital that the NHS has the procedures in place to both compensate the patient and learn from their mistakes.
Find out more about negligence in our Advice Centre
If you believe that you, or a loved one, have suffered an injury as a result of medical or clinical negligence then call our friendly team on 0330 355 9210* where they will take some details and pass them to a team of specialist solicitors.