MRSA Compensation Claims
If you or a loved one has suffered from MRSA in the past 3 years, you could be entitled to make a no win no fee MRSA compensation claim. At InjuryClaims.co.uk, the solicitors we work in partnership with have a huge amount of experience in helping people claim compensation for all types of medical negligence.
Although cases of MRSA infections continue to decrease, there are still hundreds of people that suffer from MRSA recorded each year by the NHS.
If MRSA is contracted because of clinical negligence, it may be possible for the patient to make a claim for compensation. To make a successful claim, it will be necessary to prove that the hospital was at fault. Your medical negligence solicitors can support you in gathering the necessary evidence to pursue a claim.
What is MRSA?
MRSA stands for meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It is an infectious bacterium which is sometimes called a “superbug”.
MRSA usually occurs in people who are already ill and most often those who are staying as an inpatient in a hospital. MRSA is most likely to be contracted by those who are weak or whose immune system is damaged.
Meticillin is the name given to a group of antibiotics that are usually used to combat Staphylococcus aureus infections. MRSA, as suggested by the name, is resistant to these antibiotics and can therefore cause significant damage. Staphylococcus aureus is carried by 1 in 3 people and usually causes them no harm.
When such people are receiving treatment, bacteria can enter their bloodstream when their skin is broken such as after an operation or injury. Once in the bloodstream, the bacteria can multiply with devastating effects. It can lead to complications such as:
- Bone infections (osteomyelitis)
- Heart valve infections
Dependent on where in the body is infected, the symptoms that are presented by MRSA will vary. In many cases, the area that is infected is swollen and red.
Medical Negligence and MRSA
MRSA spreads through contact with a carrier and is usually transferred by the hands or through hospital equipment that has not been sanitised properly. The law sets out that the NHS, along with other healthcare providers, must provide safe and clean environments for treatment and recovery. This is essential as infections such as MRSA can be fatal. Guidelines are in place to ensure that the industry knows how to prevent MRSA and what to do if the infection is found.
Some of the ways in which hospitals can prevent MRSA from entering the area include:
- Pre-screening patients before procedures being carried out and treating those who carry MRSA before they arrive at hospital
- Follow very strict hygiene practices including how and when hands, equipment and surfaces are cleaned and how surgical staff conduct procedures
- Having a robust waste disposal process in place to remove medical waste
If a patient contracts MRSA, they must be treated with urgency and must be isolated without hesitation from other patients to prevent the spread of the infection.
MRSA Claims Following Hospital Negligence
If MRSA is contracted by a patient who is receiving care in a hospital, surgery, care home or any other health care environment, a medical negligence claim may be possible. Claims can be made if it can be proven that the hospital or healthcare provider breached their duty to maintain a safe environment or if infection control procedures were not followed properly.
It is not possible for MRSA to be completely eradicated and so for a claimant to be successful, they must be able to prove that negligence on the part of the healthcare provider occurred. This can be proven if:
- The patient suffered a misdiagnosis or delay in diagnosis, and so treatment for MRSA was not provided promptly.
- MRSA was contracted by the patient after a MRSA screening was negative before the admission of the patient.
- Hygiene standards were not adequate at the healthcare setting
- Treatment was not provided appropriately for the patient’s needs, i.e., wounds were not dressed properly.