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Hospital Acquired Infection Compensation Claim

Hospital Acquired Infection Compensation Claim

Hospitals are places where you can receive treatment for any kind of illness or injury. We expect to be admitted and then discharged once the illness has been treated. However, there is the risk that your condition will be made much more serious due to a hospital acquired infection. These infections can be extremely dangerous. That is particularly true if you are already vulnerable or weak from the illness you were admitted for.

A hospital acquired infection (HAI) can, in some cases, be a life-threatening illness with long-term effects on your health. As such, it is important that you get in touch with a team of personal injury and clinical negligence lawyers to get the compensation you need. Here at Tylers Solicitors, our no-win, no-fee legal specialists will work with you to get the compensation that you are entitled to. If you do suffer long-term health issues resulting from a hospital infection, the compensation you receive could be essential.

What is a Hospital Acquired Infection?

A hospital acquired infection is simply that; an infection or illness which you have acquired in hospital. HAIs are becoming increasingly common, particularly in NHS hospitals. These medical facilities are overcrowded and underfunded, which can all too often lead to simply mistakes in hygiene and cleanliness taking place.

The longer you stay in hospital, the greater the risk of an infection. This is particularly true if you are placed on a large treatment ward with patients, visitors, doctors and nurses coming and going at all hours of the day and night.

Here in the UK, we expect to be treated in clean and hygienic medical spaces. NHS hospitals have a responsibility to protect their patients from all kinds of HAIs. A hospital acquired infection can cause long-term health issues even after the initial illness or injury has passed. In many cases, HAIs can cause you and your family to make permanent changes to your lifestyle. The personal injury compensation that you could receive will allow you to make these changes and move on with your life.

Healthcare facility acquired infections are the fault of poor hygiene standards or mistakes made during your stay in hospital. If you can prove that you’ve obtained a HAI, then you will be entitled to compensation. The amount of compensation you receive following your no-win, no-fee personal injury / medical negligence claim will depend on the severity of your condition.

Here at Tylers Solicitors, our team of no-win, no-fee medical negligence lawyers are here to help you get the compensation you are entitled to. We will work with you to understand if you have a viable claim against your NHS hospital or private healthcare facility. If you do, we will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

Want to know more? Read below for frequently asked questions about Hospital Acquired Infection, including compensation amounts and symptoms. Click on the question to reveal the answer.

What Kinds of Hospital Acquired Infections Can I Claim Compensation For?
If you have, or a loved one has, suffered from any kind of hospital acquired infection, then you will be able to claim for compensation. Here at Tylers, our no-win, no-fee personal injury lawyers are specialists when it comes to medical negligence. You can claim for all kinds of healthcare-associated illnesses, including:

 

  • MRSA and Staph Infections.
  • VRE and GRE.
  • E Coli and Bacterial Infections.
  • C Difficile.
  • Sepsis.
  • Pseudomonas Aeruginosa.
  • Candida Albicans.
  • Stenotrophomonas Maltophilia.
How Much Could I Get for a Hospital Acquired Infection Compensation Claim?
If you’ve sustained any kind of hospital acquired infection after a stay in an NHS or private healthcare facility, you could be eligible for compensation. Here at Tylers Solicitors, our experienced team of no-win, no-fee personal injury and medical negligence lawyers are here to help. We will work with you to understand if you have a viable claim against the hospital you were treated in. If you are eligible for compensation, we will fight on your behalf to get you the compensation you need to move on with your life. Our no-win, no-fee medical negligence solicitors are here to help you get the compensation that you need. The amount that receive following your compensation claim will depend on the severity of your injuries. Typically, the amount of money that you receive will depend on the severity of your injuries. You will be able to claim for the personal suffering you had to undergo during this period, in addition to the loss of earnings or potential earnings as a result of the infection.

 

Type of InjuryDescriptionCompensation Amount
Minor Injuries or Risk Resulting from HAIIllnesses which are not life-threatening and are resolved in a few days.£525 to £1,250
Long-Term Recovery from Minor IllnessesIllnesses which are not life-altering and recovered within three months.£1,250 to £1,860
Spleen or Kidney InfectionsSerious infections affecting the spleen or kidney. Either with short or long-term symptoms.£15,800 to £48,650.
Long-term, life-altering resulting from Healthcare-associated illnesses.Serious illnesses which have long-term symptoms. Non-life-threatening, but potentially life-altering.£29,200 to £39,900.
Can I Sue an NHS Hospital?
Yes, you can. You can make a medical negligence or personal injury compensation claim against any NHS hospital or private healthcare facility. If you’ve received a HAI, and it wasn’t your fault, you need to start your compensation claim today.
Can I Sue for Hospital Acquired Infections?
Yes, you can. You will be able to make a personal injury or medical negligence claim against the private/NHS hospital responsible for your illness. This compensation could help you to recover from the illness without worrying about bills or lost wages.
For Medical Negligence Claims Regarding Hospital Infections, Get in Touch with Tylers Solicitors

Here at Tylers Solicitors, our professional team of no-win, no-fee medical negligence specialists can deliver a complete legal service. We can help you to get the compensation you deserve. Health-associated infections are extremely dangerous and can bring with them a whole range of life-threatening illnesses and complications. As a hospital acquired infection can cause life-altering symptoms, it is important that you get the compensation you are entitled to. This can be important when it comes to living comfortably while you recover from your illness. It can also allow you to make any necessary changes to your home if you suffer any long-lasting symptoms because of the HAI. For more information on the wide range of medical negligence compensation claims that we can provide, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today. Our no-win, no-fee legal team can help you to get the personal injury compensation that you need. You can talk to one of our legal specialists today by calling us directly on 0800 699 0079. You can also use our simple online enquiries form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

What are the Different Types of Hospital Acquired Infections?
There are several different kinds of healthcare facility acquired illnesses in the UK. Some of the most common HAIs in NHS hospitals can include:

 

  • MRSA.
  • C Difficile.
  • Bacterial Infections.
  • Glycopeptide Resistant Enterococci.
What are the Symptoms of HAIs?
Each kind of hospital infection has its own symptoms which can long-term of short-term impacts on your health. All HAIs can be dangerous. They can sometimes leave you with permanent illnesses, which require long-term management and life-altering adjustments.
What are the Symptoms of MRSA?
MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) is a staph infection which is resistant to antibiotics. MRSA is a hospital infection which can affect open wounds and skin. The symptoms include:

 

  • Red, Swollen Skin.
  • Painful, Warm Skin.
  • Wounds Full of Pus.
  • Accompanied by Fever.
What are the Symptoms of C Difficile?
C Difficile (Clostridium Difficile) is bacteria which causes a range of symptoms. C Diff is found in patients with weakened immune systems. The symptoms include:

 

  • Watery Diarrhoea.
  • Abdominal Cramping/Tenderness.
  • Fever.
  • Blood or Pus in Stools.
  • Nausea.
  • Weight Loss/Loss of Appetite.
  • Kidney Failure.
What are the Symptoms of Bacterial Infections?
E Coli is one of the most common bacterial infections in hospitals. It can cause:

 

  • Cholecystitis.
  • Cholangitis.
  • Urinary Tract Infection.
  • Pneumonia.

E Coli has a range of symptoms, including:

  • Nausea/Vomiting.
  • Stomach Cramps.
  • Bloody Diarrhoea.
  • Fever.
  • Dehydration.
  • Anaemia.
  • Bruising/Excessive Bleeding.
  • Seizures.
  • Fatigue.
  • Jaundice.
What are the Symptoms of Glycopeptide Resistant Enterococci?
Glycopeptide Resistant Enterococci (GRE) are bacteria resistant to Glycopeptide antibiotics. There are different enterococci, but only GRE will cause infections. These bacteria can cause a range of illnesses, including:

 

  • Urinary Tract Infections.
  • Bacteraemia (Blood Stream Infections).
  • Open Wound Infections.
Is Sepsis a Hospital Acquired Infection?
Hospital acquired infections can trigger sepsis, particularly in people who are already at risk. Sepsis isn’t an illness but rather the body’s response to blood infections. Sepsis kills/disables millions of people every year and can be caused by any kind of infection.
Is Pseudomonas a Hospital Acquired Infection?
Pseudomonas is a common bacterium which can be found in soil and water. It can cause chest infections. It affects people with weakened immune systems, such as those undergoing treatment. It can count as a HAI but can be acquired elsewhere.
Is VRE a Hospital Acquired Infection?
Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) is a new kind of infections being found in hospitals. VRE affects people with weakened immune systems, such as patients; as such, it can be contracted in NHS hospitals. The elderly and surgical patients are the most at risk.
How to Prevent Hospital Acquired Infections?
It is up to medical professionals to prevent the spread of hospital acquired infections. They can do this by:

 

  • Careful and Common Hand-Washing.
  • Immediately Cleaning and Treating Cuts and Scrapes.
  • Keeping Open Wounds Covered.
  • Minimising the Use of Catheters and IVs.
How Many Hospital Acquired Infections Happen Every Year?
It is estimated that 300,000 NHS patients acquire a healthcare-associated infection every single year. This can be as high as 6.4% of all patients who are treated on public wards. HAIs are a serious problem which can cause long-term damage and disabilities.
Why are Hospital Acquired Infections So Dangerous?
Hospital acquired infections are extremely dangerous. They can be a cause of damaging symptoms which can have a real impact on a patient’s health. They usually attack people with weakened immune systems, meaning that they cannot be fought off efficiently. Hospital acquired illnesses are a common cause of death, particularly when combined with serious illnesses.
Why are Hospital Acquired Infections Resistant to Drugs?
Healthcare-associated illnesses have evolved to become resistant to all kinds of drugs, including antibiotics. Drugs have been used to treat them in the past, so these bacteria have developed a resistance. This can make them difficult to eliminate in a NHS hospital.
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