Get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline if you wish to make an MRSA infection claim. We help people with little legal experience find a personal injury solicitor. Our solicitors work on a no win, no fee* basis, and are experts in their field. They offer honest advice and work hard to get you the compensation that you are entitled to.
What can I claim for an MRSA infection?
If you can prove that the MRSA infection wasn’t your fault, if it happened in the last three years and if it required medical attention afterwards, then you may well be entitled to compensation. MRSA is a type of bacterial infection that is resistant to some of the best known, widely used antibiotics. This makes MRSA hard to treat, which may have impacted on your life in a particularly negative way. MRSA is meticillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus; it is popularly known as the ‘superbug’.
How do you get MRSA?
MRSA can be more easily caught in hospital. This is because hospital patients can have open wounds, which the bacteria find easier to penetrate, or because hospitals are busy places, in which bacteria is easily spread. Older and sick people can be relatively weaker and so more prone to infection. MRSA can often be prevented by rigorous hygiene standards.
I was infected by MRSA – what can I do?
MRSA can be caught easily if standards of hygiene are poor, although hospitals have a strong duty of care towards their patients and visitors. It does not matter whether you were being treated in hospital at the time of your infection, or if you were visiting friends or family. If you were infected by MRSA and the cause can be shown to be negligence on the part of those running the hospital, you could claim for compensation.
I don’t feel right claiming compensation from a hospital
Hospitals are there to help others in their moments of greatest need. They also have a duty of care for their visitors. There are strict laws and regulations that cover how hospitals should be run, including how clean they should be. MRSA infections are often caused by poor standards of hygiene. If you have caught an MRSA infection, and it wasn’t your fault, you are entitled to seek compensation for it. Also, consider the fact you may help prevent poor standards of hygiene from continuing in hospitals. You may be doing a lot of people a big favour by highlighting an issue some are too scared to speak up about.
I’m not sure if I can claim for compensation
Accident Advice Helpline was set up to help people with little or no legal experience find a lawyer for accidents that were not their fault. You can call us free of charge, 24 hours a day, on 0800 689 0500, or take our 30-second test online to see what your claim could be worth.
Date Published: January 4, 2014
Author: David Brown