We expect hospitals to be hygienic, spotless places – after all, they are caring for sick people. But what happens if the hospital you are admitted to does not have a rigorous approach to hygiene?
From a lack of basic facilities such as hand-washing facilities and commodes to a lax approach to personal hygiene and a general failure to keep the surroundings clean and sanitised, poor hospital hygiene can have serious consequences for those who are already ill.
Poor hospital hygiene could lead to infection which can spread quickly through the air or on unwashed hands. Regular hand washing is the number one way to stop infectious diseases such as clostridium difficile from spreading, whilst using cleaning products containing bleach on surfaces is also a good way to keep germs at bay.
If the hospital you have been admitted to does not follow hand washing and hygiene procedures and you become ill as a result, you could make a claim for compensation. There’s usually a three-year time limit in which you can make a claim, so make sure you don’t leave things too late.
Next steps to claiming today
Poor hospital hygiene could cause you to become ill but for those who are already seriously ill, the consequences of infection could be fatal.
Whether you or someone you love has been affected by a lack of hygiene in hospitals, contacting a personal injury lawyer will allow you to find out if you’re eligible to make a claim.
They’ll gather evidence relating to your case, often consulting with specialists, and you should receive a settlement if your claim is successful.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: December 17, 2014