A hospital is a place where people go to receive treatment or surgery for an illness or injury. Unfortunately, in some cases an infection can prolong treatment and surgical site infection advice is needed. When a person goes into hospital they do not expect to end up in a situation where they need to pursue a personal injury claim. Hospitals are seen as places of healing, yet it is becoming more and more common that people are suffering infections because of the surgery or aftercare that they have had.
Infections can happen as a result of various different circumstances, and a tiny slip of the scalpel can quite literally be disastrous. If the site of the surgery is not properly covered and stitched after surgery then infection can occur, and if the wound is not tended to properly by the surgeons or nurses then this is a case of medical negligence and a compensation claim can ensue. Another case where infection is possible is with the use of contaminated or poorly cleaned surgical tools. Sometimes the tools haven’t been sufficiently sterilised and this can lead to infections that require medication, monitoring, and even further surgery. If you or someone you know feels they are a victim of medical negligence, our expert lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline will help them to receive the compensation to which they are entitled.
Know your rights
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) states that a patient should be informed of all of the risks of their surgery before it is carried out. If a person feels they were not sufficiently informed of the possible dangers of their surgery then the medical practitioner may be in breach of CQC guidelines and legal action can be taken. An infection on a surgical site does not necessarily get picked up in the operating theatre, and the post-operative recovery period in the hospital ward could be the place where a person picks up the infection.
There is no need to fear the personal injury claim process. It may be that a person is already deeply distressed by the situation they find themselves in and they do not wish to add any more stress to their predicament. Our specialist lawyers offer support to our clients and try to make the claim process as simple as possible for the victims of incidents of any kind. For further information on a person’s rights and the steps taken in the claim process, Accident Advice Helpline has a 24/7 helpline on 0800 689 0500 that is manned by friendly and helpful staff. Knowing your rights can alleviate the stress that can be associated with pursuing a surgical site infection claim.
Taking the right steps in order to receive the rightful compensation that a person is entitled to will help them to deal with the situation they have been wrongly put through. Recovering the costs incurred by on-going treatment, counselling, travel, and loss of earnings will help to ease the financial pressures, the stress, and the pain caused by a surgical site infection.
Date Published: February 9, 2014
Author: David Brown