MRSA is often referred to as a ‘superbug.’ This is because it is a bacterial infection which is resistant to some of the most commonly used antibiotics. Due to its powers of resistance, MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), is much harder to treat than other bacterial infections. If you caught MRSA after a hospital stay, you may be considering claiming personal injury or medical negligence compensation. If this is the case, we encourage you to give Accident Advice Helpline a call.
What can you do if you’ve caught MRSA?
MRSA is most commonly diagnosed in hospitals because there is a dense population within a small area, and this means that infections spread quickly. Patients may also be more prone to infection because their immunity is compromised and there may be an entry point for bacteria, such as a surgical wound or an opening for a catheter, for example.
The symptoms of MRSA are similar to those associated with a heavy cold or flu. If the skin is infected, you may also develop a wound or boil, which can be painful and may become inflamed and irritated.
If you’ve caught MRSA in a hospital, treatment should be provided as a priority. This form of infection is treated using antibiotics to which the superbug has not yet developed a resistance. Sometimes, a combination of antibiotic medicines is used.
Can I claim compensation for MRSA?
MRSA is not always linked to medical negligence. In order to make a claim for MRSA infection, you must be able to prove that you caught MRSA as a result of negligence on the part of hospital staff or the trust that oversees the hospital. If there were lapses in hygiene on the part of members of staff, for example, this could be a contributing factor.
If you’d like to claim medical negligence compensation, it’s important to provide us with as much information as possible about the incident. In order to make a claim for a hospital infection, you’ll need to show that you were not to blame in any way, and providing evidence, such as medical reports, will bolster your case.
If you’d like to find out more about making a compensation claim, call us today or take our simple 30-second eligibility test. We have more than 15 years of experience in handling personal injury compensation cases, and we strive to make the process as hassle-free as possible. Our lines are open now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: February 22, 2017
Author: Accident Advice