Last updated on November 15th, 2021
All hospitals in the UK have a legal duty of care towards their patients. This means hospitals are legally required to take all possible measures to protect the health and safety of those under their care. If you or a loved one contracted an infection while in the hospital, you may have a legal right to file a hospital infection claim for compensation.
How Are Hospital Infections Acquired?
At any time, any of us are vulnerable to contracting any type of bacterial or viral infection. These microbes can enter our body when we breathe or by skin-to-skin contact with a carrier of the infection. Most times, they don’t have an impact on our health because our healthy immune system works to overcome these foreign bodies.
Hospital patients, on the other hand, are particularly susceptible to bacterial and viral infections. This is because:
- Their weakened immune system is unable to fight off germs, making them more vulnerable to infections.
- Hospital staff, other patients and visitors walking around, who may be carriers, increase the risk of spreading infectious bacteria.
- A patient’s open wounds, which may be due to their own injury or because of invasive hospital procedures, provide a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. These open wounds also act as an entry point for bacteria to enter their body.
Clostridium Difficile and MRSA are two of the most common infections that patients contract in a hospital. Both of these conditions spread via skin-to-skin contact. Maintaining strict hygiene at all times is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of infections in a hospital. Also, special care should be taken to ensure that vulnerable patients are kept isolated to protect them from infection. If the hospital failed to do this and you contracted an infection, you should speak to a medical negligence solicitor as you may be able to file a hospital infection claim for compensation.
What Qualifies As Hospital Infection Negligence?
Hospital patients can be more susceptible to infections because of their weakened immune system. This means if you are hospitalised, you could become ill by everyday germs that might not affect a healthier person. It is impossible for hospitals to screen all visitors and if your infection was caused by contact with a visitor, the hospital might not be held responsible in a hospital infection claim.
Some infections, however, are avoidable by simply taking the appropriate precautionary measures.
Any of the following scenarios qualify as hospital negligence resulting in an infection:
- Reusing surgical tools and other medical equipment that are infected.
- Careless hand washing without proper sanitisation.
- Not cleaning and sanitising surfaces, equipment or the facilities properly.
- Not disposing of infected materials properly.
- Not screening patients before admission.
- Delay in identifying and treating any infection.
- Dispensing inappropriate or insufficient treatment.
If you can prove that any of the above happened, you have a strong chance of winning your hospital infection claim.
How To Make A Hospital Infection Claim
Your first step towards making a hospital infection claim is by getting in touch with a medical negligence solicitor for a free consultation. Experienced medical negligence solicitors are experts in this area of the law and handling all types of medical negligence claims. After listening to the details surrounding your hospital infection, if you have a strong case and they take your claim on, they will work hard to make sure that you receive the maximum compensation.
No Win No Fee Hospital Infection Claims
The legal process is not just long-drawn, it can also be hugely expensive. When you have a medical negligence solicitor, the cost isn’t something you should have to worry about. If your case has merit, your solicitor will almost certainly offer to represent you on a No Win No Fee basis instead of asking for ongoing fees.
A No Win No Fee agreement allows you to get expert legal advice and representation without any financial risk or being out of pocket at any time. You don’t have to pay any money upfront or at any time while the hospital infection claim is in process. The solicitor/law firm should bear all the costs associated with filing your case until it is completed. If your hospital infection claim is successful, a percentage of the compensation is deducted towards the legal fees. You don’t pay anything if the claim is unsuccessful.
If you acquired an infection while you were in the hospital and would like to speak with a solicitor to find out how to proceed with filing a hospital infection claim for compensation, please call us or use the call back form for a free consultation.