Clostridium difficile bacteria live harmlessly in the gut of around 10 to 15% of the adult population, but it is only when the natural balance of flora in the gut is disturbed that they can endanger your health. Taking a course of antibiotics can cause flora to become unbalanced, which can cause diarrhoea. The infection spreads quickly through airborne spores and is hard to control.
Between 2012 and 2013, there were 14,687 cases of clostridium difficile in England. Symptoms of infection can include a high temperature, painful stomach cramps and diarrhoea, and in some cases could lead to life-threatening complications. Most mild cases can be treated by withdrawing the antibiotics causing the infection.
For more severe cases, treatment with metronidazole or vancomycin may be needed. Symptoms can take between 7 to 10 days to clear up, but relapse is common. In severe cases, or in those who are already very ill, clostridium difficile can be fatal.
Regular hand washing and good hygiene practices can prevent the spread of the infection, whilst cleaning surfaces with bleach is also helpful. If you have contracted clostridium difficile in hospital and believe that poor hygiene standards are to blame, you may be considering claiming compensation for a clostridium difficile infection.
Make your claim today
A three-year time limit is in place for all personal injury claims, so if you have been affected, it is a good idea to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to see if you can claim compensation for a clostridium difficile infection.
The amount of compensation you will receive varies from case to case, but your settlement will take into account any pain and suffering caused, loss of earnings due to time off work and the cost of any future medical care you may need as a result of infection.
Call Accident Advice Helpline
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we know that the aftermath of a hospital infection can be a stressful time, as you try to recover from your symptoms whilst getting your life back to normal. There may be additional financial pressures which mean you need to return to work.
So you’ll be pleased to hear we offer a 100% no win, no fee service, which means there are no upfront legal fees to worry about. In addition, all our professional personal injury lawyers offer confidential, no-obligation advice, so you can call our freephone helpline day or night with your questions and to find out more about the claims process.
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.