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Hospital infections are rare, but when they do happen they can have a profound, potentially life-limiting impact on the victim. If you’ve suffered a hospital infection, there’s a strong possibility that there has also been negligence from the medical staff who are trusted to look after you.
What can I make a claim for?
There are a number of different types of hospital infections that you might have suffered from either during or soon after your stay in hospital, including:
- Bacterial infections, such as MRSA and C.difficile
- Viral infections, such as Norovirus
- Infection of surgery sites
- Urinary tract infections
- Infections of the bloodstream
- Infections of the skin and soft tissues
If you’re not sure whether or not you can make a medical negligence claim, call us for free today on for a confidential chat about your situation.
Common hospital infections
Two of the most common types of hospital infection are C. Difficile and MRSA. Poor hygiene standards and improper practices from medical staff can both lead to cases of C. Difficile and MRSA, and if you’ve contracted either of these types of infection, it is likely to have been caused by a case of medical negligence.
Preventing hospital infections
Whether you’re visiting someone in hospital or you’re a patient yourself, there are things you can do to prevent yourself, your family and your loved ones from acquiring a hospital infection, including:
- Washing your hands or using the alcohol hand gel provided
- Avoiding moving between different hospital wards
- Keeping your friend or family member’s bed area clean and tidy
- The NHS Choices website also advises patients, or those visiting patients, to report any unclean facilities or equipment to members of hospital staff.
I got an infection at a private hospital, can I still claim?
Yes, you can make a medical negligence claim if you contracted your infection in a private hospital. In fact, if you’ve developed an infection at any healthcare provider, whether it’s NHS or private, a dentist, optician, doctor, physiotherapist or other specialist doctor, contact us to see if you can make a medical negligence claim.