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Although standards are in place to maintain safe and sterile environments in hospitals, unfortunately on occasion hospitals can fall below this standard. This can lead to acquired infections which can make the patient’s current condition worse and hinder their recovery. This may be caused by a number of reasons which stem from the fact that patient’s immune systems are reduced in their capability to fight infection.
Some of the most common hospital acquired infections claims we deal with are:
- MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus)
- C. Difficile Infections (Clostridium difficile)
- Enterococcal infections
- Acinetobacter infections
This list is not exhaustive and there may be other hospital-acquired infections that are not listed here. If you feel you have been a victim of medical negligence in relation to a hospital acquired infection the best thing to do would be to get in contact with us at Patient Claim Line and we will be able to tell you quickly whether we believe you have a claim to progress or not.
This page will not only uncover how you can claim for a hospital infection caused by negligence, but what examples there are of hospital infection compensation claims
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CLAIMING COMPENSATION FOR A HOSPITAL INFECTION
If you’re looking to claim compensation for a hospital infection, it is important to note that a claim can only be pursued where the infection has occurred as a result of negligence. If you are unsure about the level of care you have received, our specialist hospital infection solicitors can assess the validity of your claim.
Some of the most common hospital acquired infections claims we deal with are:
– MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus)
This is a tough bacterium that causes infections right across the body. An advanced version of staphylococcus aureus, or staph for short, and it’s also incredibly resilient against everyday antibiotics.
– C. Difficile Infections (Clostridium difficile)
Clostridium difficile, also known as C. difficile or C. diff, is one of the more unpleasant hospital acquired infections. People who have been treated with antibiotics can be more vulnerable to this particular infection.
– Enterococcal infections
Claims for hospital infection sometimes include Enterococcal infections. Enterococci are gram-positive, facultative anaerobic organisms that can cause a number of nasty infections, including urinary problems.
– Acinetobacter infections
Acinetobacter is a group of bacteria commonly found in the environment, like in soil and water. Acinetobacter infection can affect the blood, urinary tract and lungs.
WE’RE TRUSTED HOSPITAL INFECTION COMPENSATION CLAIM SOLICITORS
As specialist hospital infection solicitors, we have a great success rate.
We will not only fight to bring your case to justice, but we’ll also ensure you are treated with empathy every step of the way.
It’s in our nature to put you first. Hospital acquired infections as a result of negligence can be a nasty and unpleasant business, therefore the last thing you need is a lot of paperwork when managing your own claim.
By trusting Patient Claim Line to secure your compensation for hospital infection you’re joining thousands of others who have received the very best care and legal professionalism available.
Why Choose Patient Claim Line for your Hospital Acquired Infection Claim?
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Patient Claim Line was established in 2014 and consists of a team of medical lawyers specialising in cancer negligence and general medical negligence claims.
At Patient Claim Line we have more than 100 solicitors with a combined experience of over 400 years and they will work on your behalf to achieve the best result possible for you.
It’s not enough to use a solicitor who sometimes covers medical negligence. You need someone who knows this area through and through. That is what the solicitors here at Patient Claim Line do. They deal exclusively in this area of law and are experts in the field.
Frequently asked questions about Hospital Acquired Infections Claims
Our expert legal team answer your questions about making a Hospital Acquired Infection Claim
There are times and circumstances in which you can make a claim on behalf of a loved one, whether they a parent, partner or child. For more information take a look at our guide to making a claim for someone else.
Infections can be acquired within a hospital in numerous ways such being spread from a medical professional or one patient to another, surgical equipment, bed linens or wounds not being sealed correctly. There are factors that can contribute to you acquiring an infection in hospital due to negligence, these include:
- A hospitals failure to meet hygiene standard
- Inadequate dressing of wounds or aftercare following surgery
- A failure to reduce/prevent the spread of infection from one patient to another
- The use of un-sanitised equipment
To support your hospital acquired infection claim, having medical evidence will increase your chances of success. An example of this could be notes or witness statements detailing any negligent actions that may have taken place such as your wounds not being clean properly. Another example could be having details of the treatment you received in hospital this will enable an investigation to be made to check if the medical professionals involved took the necessary measures to prevent you from acquiring an infection.
Meet our Hospital Acquired Infection Team
Director of Medical Negligence
Peter leads the Medical Negligence Serious Injury department, which now boasts some of our most knowledgeable, dedicated and hardworking team members.
Peter is dedicated to supporting victims of catastrophic medical negligence injuries and endeavours to provide a clear and coherent approach to claims. He recognises the effects serious injuries can have and therefore ensures his customers’ need for support is met. Peter also has a vast amount of experience working with customers who have been injured abroad and is able to act under international law to provide the best outcomes.
Associate & Birth Injury Solicitor
Leanne is a Specialist Litigator operating within our Medical Negligence Department. In total, she has worked in the legal profession since 2003, initially specialising in catastrophic injuries.
As a dedicated Specialist Litigator, Leanne specialises in birth injury cases and is passionate about getting results for the many families she represents.
Her unwavering client care has seen her succeed in representing many vulnerable families, all of whom have experienced incredible trauma and loss.
“Leanne was friendly and very approachable, my husband and I always felt we were in very capable hands. Leanne was not only thorough but also compassionate throughout, her support whilst completing our statements was very welcoming and it helped ease any upset and pressures.”
“Based on my experience, if anyone is considering pursing compensation for their child having cerebral palsy as a result of a birth injury then I would not hesitate to recommend Leanne.”
HS v Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust: Acting on behalf of her client following a maternal infection during labour which crossed the blood-brain barrier causing injury to the baby.
LW v Cwm Taff Local University Health Board: Acting for her client after a medical professionals failed to recognise a baby was in distress.
SH v Cwm Taff Local University Health Board: Acting on behalf of her client due to failure in recognising that mother had a torn uterus during labour causing a hypoxic injury to baby.
CW v Cwm Taff Local University Health Board: Acting on behalf of her client when there was a failure to recognise a baby was in distress during labour, Resulted in a hypoxic injury.
Featured as an Assistant Solicitor in the Legal 500 in 2020
Jennifer is a Solicitor who specialises in Medical Negligence. Jennifer has worked in Medical Negligence across the North of England and joined the Manchester office in 2018. Jennifer has a recognition of the suffering that customers have already been through and the support that they may need through their claim and prides herself on giving the very best customer service. Jennifer works in team 14 and has a wide range of experience, particularly in delayed diagnosis of cancer claims, shoulder and eye injuries.
Outside of the office Jennifer is a Trustee of Warrington Youth Rowing, a charity which currently works with children receiving pupil premium in over 20 schools across Cheshire and Merseyside. The charity aims to help the participants to develop a wide range of life skills such as time keeping, team work and commitment as well as improving their self-confidence.
Highlights of recently settled cases
C v Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board – 2020 – £90,000.00 for a 76 year old who suffered with a gastric ulcer which was not monitored. They lost the opportunity for an early diagnosis of gastric cancer which would have been curative and were only able to receive palliative chemotherapy. Their life expectancy was reduced by five years.
AO (deceased) v Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust -2020 – £90,000.00 for a 77 year old who suffered a deterioration of their cardiac function when they were lost to cardiac follow up. Their deterioration during this time lead to their premature death in 2018.
H v United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust -2021 – £300,000.00 for a 62 year old who suffered negligent treatment leaving them with only 5% vision in their left eye which caused depression and their premature retirement from their job as a carer.
W v St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust -2022 – £137,000.00 for a 47 year old for the poor management of their skin cancer which metastasised. Their life expectancy was estimated to be less than 12 months beyond settlement.
R v Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board -2022 – £34,000.00 for a 84 year old who suffered subsidence of their total hip replacement and a grade 3 pressure sore which continued to cause pain at settlement. Causation was disputed
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Associate, Head of Medical Negligence
As one of the heads of our medical negligence department, Tim supports our overall leadership by managing skilled solicitors across the business. He specialises in claims involving orthopaedic injury & loss of fertility.
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At the age of 2 we noticed our son Vincent had trouble with his hearing. We had this testing over a number of years and were repeatedly told there was nothing wrong.
Initially we thought this was a speech and language problem, this wasn't the case. It took 4 to 5 years of assessments, with the constant response that there was nothing wrong with his hearing. A different test was them carried on Vincent overnight where it was found he was profoundly deaf.
After years of frustration we were finally able to provide Vincent with the support he required and received an implant. This has enable Vincent to be able to hear. The support from our solicitors has enabled to to gain access to specialist which have supported Vincent in closing the gap in his speech he lost out on to his peers.