In these type of cases, we represent clients who seek compensation for the pain, suffering and loss they have endured as a result of hospital acquired infection with the sole purpose of securing justice in court and ensuring maximum compensation for the injuries. In order to guarantee our results and secure our client from any risk, we take on your case on a no win no fee funding agreement and ensure that we have the right evidence backed up by our network of specialist medicolegal experts from the outset, so that nothing is left to chance.
The term hospital acquired infection (nosocomial infection) is defined as any infection acquired while in a hospital. Most of these infections become apparent while the patient is still in hospital, but some are not recognised until after the patient has been discharged.
Such infections occur most frequently in emergency rooms or surgical clinics. The most common hospital acquired infections are UTI’s , respiratory tract infections, surgical wound infections and bacteraemia (septicaemia). The most important bacterial causes include, among others, Gram-positive cocci (staphylococci and streptococci) and Gram-negative rods (like E. coli and Pseudomonas. Infection with the MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) is cited as a most common occurrence.
Hospitals should impose and enforce to staff strict hygiene controls in their facilities in order to ensure that infections are unable to spread. In practice however, this is not always the case and it is quite common for patients to develop an infection such us MRSA as a result of medical and / or hospital negligence while in hospital.
When Can I Seek Compensation for a Hospital Acquired Illness (nosocomial infection)?
Our work in nosocomial infection cases is to establish in court, on the balance of probabilities, that you acquired the infection while in hospital and this could have reasonably been prevented and / or was not diagnosed or treated timely. This is a matter of expert evidence and an appropriate microbiologist and or pathologist with specialization in infectious diseases should provide expert opinion on point. You will need to prove that you have suffered this infection as a result of the negligence of the hospital and / or the responsible doctor’s negligence and that because of this you have suffered damage.