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Hospital-Acquired Infection Claims (HAI Claims)
Hospitals have a duty to maintain safe and hygienic environments for their patients and staff. If these hygiene standards are not met, it can lead to avoidable infections being suffered by already medically vulnerable hospital patients.
If you or a loved one has suffered from avoidable injury or illness due to a hospital-acquired infection, you could be eligible to make a medical negligence claim with our specialist solicitors.
Read on for more information, or get in touch with our NO WIN NO FEE medical negligence solicitors, here.
What counts as medical negligence in hospital-acquired infection claims?
A hospital-acquired infection (HAI) is one that is acquired by patients in hospital or receiving hospital treatment for another injury or illness. Thousands of patients contact HAI’s every year, any many of these cases are caused by medical negligence of some kind.
Some of the acts of medical negligence, or medical mistakes, that can lead to hospital-acquired infection claims, are:
Hospitals failing to meet hygiene standards in the hospital setting
Un-sanitised medical equipment
Improper aftercare for surgeries
Inadequate dressing of wounds
Failure to prevent the spread of infection between patients
Failure to separate patients with infections from other vulnerable patients
These are just some of the ways in which acts of medical negligence can lead to hospital-acquired infection claims being brought against hospitals or other medical facilities. If you or a loved one has suffered from a hospital-acquired infection, and you are wondering if you have a valid claim for medical negligence, get in touch with our medical negligence solicitors here.
How much is my hospital-acquired infection claim for medical negligence compensation worth?
Every medical negligence claim is unique. The amount of financial compensation that you could be entitled to will vary based on a number of things, including what your injuries are and how severe they are.
Your hospital-acquired infection claim will be made up of a number of different sections, which can be seen explained in full here. In terms of the injuries and illness alone, not taking into account the special damages which often make up the majority of a claim, you can get in touch with our medical negligence solicitors today for a no-obligation discussion of the potential value of your claim.
How can I make a hospital-acquired infection claim?
If you are looking to pursue a hospital-acquired infection claim, the first step is to get in touch with a specialist medical negligence solicitor who can work on your claim. The personal injury claims process can be complex and confusing, and you need the legal expertise and help of a fully qualified and experienced solicitor.
Simply get in touch with a medical negligence solicitor, here, and you will hear back from us within one working hour. After an initial, no-obligation discussion with a solicitor about your potential claim, MG Legal will get a simple claim form sent out for you to fill in and get back to us.
This will give us the information that we need to get to work on building your hospital-acquired infection claim on the same working day, and win financial compensation on your behalf. The medical negligence claim process can seem overwhelming, but with the help of our medical negligence solicitors, it will be entirely stress-free for you as our client.
Can you sue for hospital acquired pneumonia UK?
Hospital-acquired pneumonia is a fairly common condition, and accounts for around 15% of all hospital-acquired infections. Pneumonia is a highly-contagious illness, that can be passed on through coughs and sneezes as well as touching an object previously touched by an infected person.
The passing on of pneumonia can be prevented in hospitals by staff following simple hygiene practices, such as regular hand washing. In a hospital setting, pneumonia can be very serious for patients with an already weakened immune system, such as those undergoing chemotherapy, recovering from a previous illness, or who have undergone an organ transplant. If you have suffered from hospital acquired pneumonia in England or Wales, in the last three years, and believe that your illness was caused by the negligence of medical staff, you could sue for hospital acquired pneumonia through a hospital acquired infection claim with a medical negligence solicitor.
Can I make a hospital-acquired infection claim for a loved one?
If your relative, or loved one, has suffered from a hospital-acquired infection, you could be eligible to make a hospital-acquired infection medical negligence claim on their behalf.
The following scenarios could make it possible for you to make a hospital-acquired infection claim on behalf of a loved one:
If your loved one has passed away as a result of their hospital-acquired infection, or another illness
If your relative is too ill to make the medical negligence claim on their own behalf
If you are making the claim on behalf of your injured child who is under the age of 18
For more information on your specific claim, and how to make a medical negligence claim on behalf of someone else, get in touch with our specialist medical negligence solicitors today.
What are the most common hospital-acquired infections?
With so many ill people, and people with weakened immune systems who are susceptible to infections, passing through hospitals every day, hospital-acquired infections happen regularly.
Some of the most common hospital-acquired infections, are:
1. Pneumonia- affecting between 0.5% and 1% of all hospital patients, pneumonia is the most common cause of hospital-acquired infection deaths in the UK. MRSA bacteria is the most common cause of hospital-acquired pneumonia, and has a mortality rate between 30% and 70% in hospital patients.
2. Surgical site infections- accounting for around 20% of hospital-acquired infections, surgical site infections are a common result of medical negligence after surgery has been performed. Many cases of surgical site infections occur as a result of improper dressing of wounds, or improper after-case after a patient surgery.
3. Sepsis- an immune system response to further infections, sepsis is a life-threatening infection that around 50,000 people die from every year in the UK, and is rising by 11.5% each year. See our overview of sepsis negligence claims, here.
These infections are just some of the hospital-acquired infections that patients suffer from when seeking hospital treatment for other injuries or illnesses. While some of these hospital-acquired infections are unavoidable, many are caused by medical negligence on the part of a doctor or medical professional.
How long do I have to make a hospital-acquired infection negligence claim?
If you are looking to make a hospital-acquired infection negligence claim, it is best to reach out to a specialist solicitor as soon as possible, and begin your claim for financial compensation with them.
There are time limits governing this process, and these time limits are set by the Limitation Act of 1980. This Act gives adults three years from the date at which the act of negligence causing their illness or injury occurred within which to pursue their claim for financial compensation.
Alternatively, if you were not aware of the negligent act until a later date, you instead have three years from the date at which you were aware of the negligent act to make a claim. For more information on the time limits for your specific claim, contact our medical negligence solicitors here.
Make a NO WIN NO FEE hospital-acquired infection negligence claim:
Here at MG Legal, our medical negligence solicitors take a genuine interest in each and every one of our cases. We believe that our confidence in our own ability is demonstrated by the fact that every medical negligence claim we accept is on a NO WIN NO FEE agreement, which allows you to make a sepsis negligence claim at no financial risk.