MRSA (Meticillin-resistant staphylococcus aureusis) is a bacterial infection which resists treatment by a number of antibiotics, and it is most commonly contracted in hospitals or residential homes. If you have contracted MRSA during a stay in hospital or a residential home, you could claim for compensation.
Two types of claims
You could claim for negligent acquisition of MRSA or negligent treatment – in both cases it is not enough to show that you simply contracted MRSA whilst at hospital, as MRSA cannot be eliminated completely from medical premises. You’ll need to prove that:
- You acquired MRSA at the hospital/residential home
- The treatment provided was negligent and substandard
- You would not have contracted MRSA if the treatment had not been negligent
- This medical negligence caused you injury and loss
An experienced medical negligence solicitor can act on your behalf and will usually contact the hospital or care home for copies of their MRSA guidelines and policies, to see whether they could have done more to reduce the risk of contracting the infection.
How to claim
If you’re considering claiming for acquisition or negligent treatment of MRSA, your first step should be to contact a specialist medical negligence lawyer, and Accident Advice Helpline are waiting to take your call 24/7 on our freephone number – 0800 689 0500. We can offer you confidential advice with no obligation to proceed, and because we have more than 13 years’ experience dealing with medical negligence claims, you know that your claim is in the best possible hands. Our medical negligence claims solicitors are specialists in their field, and our 100% no win, no fee service ensures that you won’t be left out of pocket.
So, if you’ve decided to claim against the hospital or care home where you contracted MRSA, then it’s time to find the best medical negligence lawyers for the job. We have years of experience and access to some of the highest trained solicitors out there so you can trust us to help you claim what is rightfully yours, and we can usually tell you within 30 seconds whether your claim is viable. Because most claims can be fully processed over the phone, it is unlikely that you will need to attend court, and you can speed up the claims process by ensuring you have as much information as possible to hand before you call us, such as your medical information including the dates of the incident and any treatment received and your doctor’s contact details.
Date Published: November 19, 2013
Author: David Brown