Why do we get infections?
Infections are caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. These are all around us - in the air, in water or food, on surfaces or carried by other people, animals and insects. When our immune systems are compromised, we can be more susceptible to infection. People in hospital are often more vulnerable due to their weakened immune system and because they may be more exposed to infections. Also, in a hospital or healthcare setting, surgical wounds, cuts, burns and catheters all give an entry point for bacteria and viruses to enter the body, making infection one of the complications of surgery.
When could I make a claim?
Delays in acting on the signs of an infection or providing treatment that is ineffective can have serious consequences, including death. Some infections can lead to sepsis, organ damage or leave people paralysed, disfigured or needing amputation. If you are injured in this way, you may be able to make an infection claim. Likewise, if the cause of the infection was because of inadequate standards of hygiene or infection control in the hospital or surgery, there may be grounds for a claim.
Problems that can lead to an infection claim
- Delays in recognising and treating the infection
- Early discharge after surgery
- Failure to treat urgently, especially in cases of sepsis which can be life threatening
- Failure to treat once infection detected
- Having a urinary catheter
- Infected pressure sores
- Poor infection control procedures
- Poor nursing care - such as poor wound care, lack of monitoring, poor hygiene
No Win No Fee
- Pay nothing upfront
- Pay nothing as the claim progresses
- Pay nothing if you lose
What is medical negligence?
Medical negligence means that harm has been caused through medical treatment because the care you received was not up to the accepted standard. Medical negligence (also called clinical negligence) can happen in a number of situations which include: when there are problems during labour, leading to a birth injury to the baby or injury to the mother when…
How long will my claim take?
It can take 12-18 months to investigate a medical negligence claim. Most cases are then settled but, if a claim goes all the way to Trial, it can take a number of years to reach its conclusion. Particularly complex claims, such as those involving birth injuries and catastrophic injury, can take several years to determine the…
Can I get Legal Aid?
If the claim relates to a brain injury suffered by a child at, or around the time of, birth, it may be possible to arrange for it to be funded through the Legal Aid Scheme. In that event, the Legal Aid Agency will be responsible for all of our fees and expenses and both you…
How much will it cost me to make a claim?
If we take on your medical negligence claim and you are not eligible for Legal Aid, we will offer you a Conditional Fee Agreement which is known as a ‘No Win No Fee’ Agreement. This means that you will not need to pay anything upfront, there are no hidden costs and you pay nothing if…
What can making a medical negligence claim achieve?
Court proceedings are extremely costly, stressful and time consuming. Therefore, it is important to understand what we can and cannot achieve. We are lawyers and our role in helping you to bring a claim for medical negligence is to try to obtain financial compensation for the injury that has been have suffered. Whilst we try…
In May 1995 Mr Morgan was admitted to hospital suffering from a generalised infection caused by staphylococcal bacteria. He was not given adequate antibiotic treatment and the infection spread to his heart and to his spine. Despite a number of admissions to various hospitals he did not receive appropriate treatment and he subsequently died of multiple…Read more