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Hospital acquired infections

Overview

Hospital acquired infections have been common place in the news in recent years. Patients admitted to hospital for minor, routine procedures are at risk of being infected and this has, in some cases, been fatal.

What are Hospital Acquired Infections?

MRSA is caused when bacteria enter the body through a break in the skin and multiply. Redness and swelling are generally the first symptoms often followed by boils or abscesses. If the infection enters the blood stream it can cause sepsis.

C Diff is a natural bacterium that lives in the gut. The natural balance of this bacterium can be upset after surgery or antibiotics. If this happens, the bacteria can multiply and release toxins often causing fever and diarrhoea.

Group B streptococcus is a type of bacteria that is the main cause of life-threatening infections in newborn babies but can also, in rare cases, affect adults. This bacteria can live harmlessly within the vaginal or gastrointestinal tracts of healthy women and be passed onto babies either during birth or while the baby is still in the womb. Developing this infection can include; blindness, deafness, cerebral palsy, meningitis or pneumonia.

Contracting one of these infections within a hospital is not in itself a cause of medical negligence. However, if you feel that you received negligent care, the following common factors could strengthen your claim:

  • Delays in recognising or treating the infection
  • Inappropriate treatment of the infection
  • Inadequate treatment of an open wound

The Tozers' Clinical Negligence Team has experience of bringing claims relating to infections acquired in hospital. We have particular expertise in Group B streptococcus (GBS) claims.


Why choose Tozers?

The team has a national reputation for winning cases. We have been known to take over claims which other solicitors have given up on and going on to achieve a successful outcome for our clients.

The Legal Services Commission, who administer Legal Aid, have said that we are one of the top performing firms in the country, with one of the highest success rates as compared to our competitors.

We recognise how difficult it can be to pursue a claim, especially in sensitive circumstances such as these and our aim is to provide legal advice and assistance in a tactful and sympathetic way and we endeavour to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.

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We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your claim and your options, so please contact us as you do not need to worry about cost. We can then discuss funding options.

Contact Us

To contact our Medical Negligence Team please call the number below or email one of our team.

Call 0800 0132285

Email: Endurance Arthur | Stuart Bramley

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