Although our hospitals exist with the primary purpose of treating our illnesses and injuries, it is not uncommon for patients and their visitors to sustain an injury or illness during the time spent in hospital.
This is sometimes due to simplistic issues such as slips, trips and falls – which in turn can present myriad health problems for patients – but at times there are more complex ailments such as meticillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) to consider.
MRSA and what it means to you
MRSA is not an exclusive hospital-related infection. It can be contracted anywhere, but it is more prevalent in hospitals due to the nature of the infection.
Simply put, MRSA is a bacteria referred to as a superbug as it is resistant to a high number of antibiotics and treatments. This means that once the infection is contracted it can be hard to treat and cure.
MRSA is considered a hospital infection because of well publicised outbreaks in previous years.
When MRSA does make an appearance in hospitals it does spread quickly and vigorously. This is because MRSA requires contact to spread, and a break in the skin, as such, hospitals are the ideal setting for this dreaded superbug.
Is it wrong to claim compensation from the NHS?
Although the conditions for MRSA are particularly good in hospitals, if the building, furnishing and equipment is cleaned correctly it is unlikely that the MRSA bug will survive.
With this in mind, if you do contract the MRSA infection while in hospital, it can be argued that your illness was sustained due to the hospital’s failure to ensure your health, safety, and well-being.
As an organisation that deals directly with the general public, the NHS has a legal responsibility to ensure that you remain safe and well cared for in hospital.
Should you contract MRSA during your stay, this obligation has not been met and you have every right to claim compensation for this hospital-caused infection.
How to process your claim
Before jumping in at the deep end, seek the advice of a law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline, to determine if you have a valid claim for compensation.
You may be required to provide Accident Advice Helpline with more details and documents surrounding your hospital-contracted MRSA, however, there is often no need for claimants to attend court or become involved in legal proceedings.
With 13 years’ experience under their belt, Accident Advice Helpline are experts in making sure victims of personal injury and illness receive the pay-out they are entitled to. To discuss your claim with a member of their expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: January 13, 2014
Author: David Brown