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Our guide to Hospital Infection Claims (HAI Claims):
What counts as medical negligence in hospital 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 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 and Hospital 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 Hospital Infection claim for medical negligence, get in touch with our medical negligence solicitors here.
How much is my hospital infection claim 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 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 Hospital Infection Claim.
How can I make a hospital-acquired infection claim?
If you are looking to pursue a hospital 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 I make a Hospital-Acquired Infection Claim if my loved one has died because of a Hospital-Acquired Infection?
Yes. If you have lost a loved one as a result of a Hospital-Acquired Infection, you can make a medical negligence claim for wrongful death. For any medical negligence claim to succeed, there must be negligence or a breach of a duty of care. It can sometimes be difficult to judge when the line into negligence has been crossed, or if the treatment you have received is just of a poor standard.
When you work with MG Legal, our no win no fee solicitors will go above and beyond to ensure that you receive the financial compensation that you deserve for the wrongful death of your loved one. We know that no amount of money can bring back your lost loved one, but it can help to allow you to rebuild your life without the added worry of money and finances.
Contracted a Hospital Acquired Infection at work claims:
With hospital-acquired infections being spread on a large scale through hospitals and medical facilities, it is not uncommon for doctors and nurses to contact a hospital-acquired infection while at work, from patients or other employees in the hospital that they work at. In some scenarios, this is an unavoidable risk that is part of working in a hospital surrounded by many illnesses and infections. Still, in some instances, the spreading of hospital-acquired infections among staff and patients alike can be caused by act of medical negligence by staff members and the hospital as a whole.
This could be incorrect training being provided on sanitation, regular risk assessments for employee safety not being carried out, or any other acts of negligence from the hospital management. If you have caught a hospital-acquired infection while at work in a hospital, you could be eligible to claim financial compensation through an accident at work claim with our accident at work solicitors. To learn more about no win no fee accident at work claims, see this here.
Man nearly died from sepsis after Hull hospital twice sent him home with untreated MRSA:
Our medical negligence solicitors near you, can report that a 77 year old man nearly lost his life after being repeatedly sent home from hospital while suffering from MRSA. The relevant bacteria from the infection was first picked up in a screening, but it took 55 further days for the infection to be treated.
After attending hospital twice, and being discharged twice, the man’s medical condition continue to worsen, and he was eventually admitted to intensive care at Hull Royal Infirmary, where he spent over a month in hospital.
After an initial screening in hospital located the presence of MRSA bacteria, patients should be quickly treated in hospital to remove the bacteria and reduce the risk of infection. However, this did not happen, and no treatment was carried out to remove the MRSA bacteria on the man. This failure occurred once again when he was readmitted to hospital.
When he was discharged from hospital the second time, he was soon readmitted with signs of severe sepsis, meaning he needed to be admitted to intensive care the same day. After tests were carried out, it was found that MRSA was the cause of his sepsis. Had the MRSA bacteria been properly treated when it was detected 55 days earlier.
Our medical negligence solicitors near you were disappointed to read about this story, and glad to see that the man is taking legal action in the form of a medical negligence claim for his treatment. With hospital-acquired infections such as sepsis being so dangerous, especially to medically compromised or elderly patients, our medical negligence solicitors know how important it is that they are properly diagnosed and treated within due time.
If you have suffered from a hospital-acquired infection due to medical negligence, a hospital- acquired infection that was misdiagnosed, or been prematurely discharged from hospital, then you could be eligible to make a medical negligence claim for financial compensation, and our no win no fee medical negligence solicitors at MG Legal are here to help.
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.
How Can I Prove Negligence in my Hospital-Acquired Infection claim?
If you make a hospital-acquired infection claim for financial compensation with MG Legal, our no win no fee solicitors will work with you to help prove the following:
That the hospital acted negligently
That this negligence led to the contraction of a hospital-acquired infection
Our medical negligence solicitors will build a strong claim, and will make use of all of the available medical and legal information available to do so. To learn more about making a medical negligence claim, contact our no win no fee solicitors online here and speak to a solicitor within one working hour.
Negligent Infection After a C-Section claims:
One in four deliveries in the UK are now done via C-section. However, the medical procedure is still serious, invasive, and comes with associated risks. One of the biggest risks is the mother developing post-operative infections due to the large area for bacteria to enter through the surgery wound. In order to lower this risk, you can have precautionary antibiotics administered before the C-section. This is not always done, but should be done if the woman is at risk of developing an infection, such as if she is under the age of 20, or is considerably overweight.
Regardless of whether antibiotics are administered, it should be of upmost importable that the post-surgery scar is properly taken care of and monitored after the C- section is performed. If these steps are not taken by doctors and midwives in hospital, it could lead to a serious infection after the Caesarean section, putting the mother at risk. To learn more about making a delivery medical negligence claim, see this here. Or, to speak to a no win no fee medical negligence solicitor about making a hospital-acquired infection claim for infection after a c-section, simply contact us online here and speak to a solicitor within one working hour.
Can I make a Hospital-Acquired Infection Claim for catching Covid-19 in hospital?
Worrying statistics have revealed that as many as one in five hospital patients suffering from Covid-19 actually caught the virus while in hospital receiving treatment for another illness. If you or a loved one have caught Covid-19 while in hospital, and believe that this was caused by negligence on the part of the medical staff, poor working practices, or a lack of PPE, you could be eligible to make a Hospital-Acquired Infection Claim with our
specialist medical negligence solicitors.
To learn more about Hospital-Acquired Infection Claims, simply contact our no win no fee medical negligence solicitors online here, and speak to a no win no fee solicitor on a free, no-obligation basis within one working hour.
How much does it cost to make a Hospital-Acquired Infection Claim with MG Legal?
Here at MG Legal, our specialist Hospital-Acquired Infection Claims solicitors accept all of our claims on a no win no fee basis. This will allow you to enter into the process at no financial risk. There are no up-front costs, and if you do not successfully win your claim for financial compensation, you will not owe us a penny. If we do successfully settle your claim, which we do in over 99% of the claims that we accept, our success fee of 25% will simply be taken from the financial compensation that we achieve on your behalf.
Who are Hospital-Acquired Infection Claims commonly made by?
Hospital-Acquired Infection Claims (HAI Claims) are often made by, or on behalf of, patients who are most vulnerable to Hospital-Acquired Infections. The people most susceptible to contracting Hospital-Acquired Infections are:
People with underlying health conditions
People with low immune system
people undergoing cancer treatment
Ill children or premature babies
These types of people are generally immune-compromised in at least one way, and so are more likely to catch a hospital-acquired infection when they do stay in hospital and are around outbreaks of infection. When they do catch Hospital-Acquired Infection, these patients can also struggle a lot more than most to fight the illness of and recover.
Will I need to go to court for my Hospital-Acquired Infection Claim?
For many people, they tend to think of daunting court cases when they think of pursuing a medical negligence claim. However, when you work with MG Legal, this is usually not the case. Our medical negligence solicitors settle the large majority of our clients’ claims out of court, and successfully obtain liability from the defending party before court proceedings begin. In the last 10 years, our no win no fee solicitors have commenced legal proceedings in approximately 5% of all the personal injury, and medical negligence cases we took on; with around 1% going to a final court hearing. We also have a success rate in excess of 99%- this should at least give you some peace of mind, when you are wondering which no win no fee solicitor to speak to about making a claim.
Hospital Acquired Infections statistics:
The most recent study from the NHS showed that 300,000 patients a year in England acquire a healthcare‑associated infection as a result of care within the NHS. In 2007, MRSA bloodstream infections were recorded as the underlying cause of, or a contributory factor in, approximately 9,000 deaths in hospital and primary care in England. These statistics show both the prevalence of hospital-acquired infections in our hospitals, and just how devastating they can be to patients in hospital to receive medical care.
As part of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) standards to prevent hospital-acquired infections, “All healthcare workers and social care and public health practitioners involved in infection prevention and control should have sufficient and appropriate training and competencies to deliver the actions and interventions described in the quality standard”.
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.
How long do I have to make a hospital-acquired infection negligence claim?
If you are looking to make a hospital infection 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 Hospital Infection Claims, contact our medical negligence solicitors here.
What can I claim for in a Hospital Acquired Infection claim?
If you have contracted a hospital-acquired infection as a result of medical negligence, then MG Legal’s medical negligence solicitors will ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation. Your medical negligence claim will be separated into special damages and general damages, which can be seen explained in full here. Below is a list of some of the damages that will be included in your financial compensation that you can claim for medical negligence:
compensation for pain and suffering
compensation for psychological injury
payment for ongoing medical treatment, and any other care that is required
loss of earnings
loss of future earnings if you are unable to work or return to the same level of work
travel expenses, to and from the hospital, or any treatment provider
the cost of adapting your home, if your injuries require your home to be changed
compensation for psychological damage
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.
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 or Hospital Infection Claims at no financial risk.