C-Difficile, MRSA and all other hospital super bugs
The rise in the number of reported cases of hospital super bugs over the last few years has been substantial. Although some of the super bugs, such as MRSA, have been know of since the 1960s they are now much more prominent than ever before due to a drop in cleaning standards and hygiene routines in our hospitals. If you, or someone you care about, has been affected by a hospital super bug, this can be a very stressful and worrying time. Loyalty Law can help you by putting you in touch with expert solicitors who can assess your chances of success in making a claim for compensation and try to alleviate your fears.
The most recent – and most deadly – of the hospital super bugs is Clostridium Difficile (better known as C-Difficile). In 2003, this super bug caught the attention of the general public when 41 pensioners at Stoke Mandeville Hospital died following an outbreak of the bug, which was found to have been caused by the lack of cleanliness and hygiene procedures at the hospital.
C-Difficile is a naturally occurring bacterium found in the gut which multiplies when the natural balance of bacteria is altered. This usually occurs after the patient has undergone a course of anti-biotics. Those people most susceptible to contracting C-Difficile include those being treated by anti-biotics, the elderly and people recovering from surgery.
The bug is particularly threatening because it has become immune to anti-biotics and can survive outside of the body for up to 70 days, often in the vicinity of dirty floors and toilets. In addition, C-Difficile is even resistant to some cleaning products which makes it even more difficult to kill and increases the chances of it spreading.
Symptoms of C-Difficile
The main symptoms of C-Difficile is mild diarrhoea which will either pass within a couple of days or may lead to severe dehydration, a dangerous disease or even death.
Methicillian Resistant Staphylococcis Aureus, or ‘MRSA’, has been around since the 1960s and, like C-Difficile, is particularly threatening as it is resistant to antibiotics. MRSA causes infections in the body which are often very difficult to treat and can sometimes lead to death.
Those most at risk of contracting MRSA include patients with open wounds, patients with drips, and the elderly and infirm as they have a weakened immune system.
Symptoms of MRSA
The main symptom of MRSA is the appearance of small red bumps on the skin which begin to increase in size and sometimes accompanied by a fever and/or rash.
Making a claim
If you, or someone you care about, has contracted a super bug and can prove that it was caused as a result of the lack of cleanliness and poor hygiene procedures in the hospital or other treatment centre in which you or they were being cared for, you may be able to make a claim for medical negligence.
Loyalty Law can put you in touch with expert solicitors who specialise in pursuing claims for compensation for victims of hospital super bugs such as C-Difficile and MRSA. Our solicitors can answer any questions you may have and can guide you through the process of making a claim. Our Loyalty Law service for you is free of charge and without obligation.
The cost of funding a medical negligence claim
Our expert solicitors will be able to discuss with you the various options of funding your claim which may include legal aid, a no-win no-fee agreement, or legal expense insurance. These options will be discussed with you in details to ensure you choose the option that is right for you.
Why choose Loyalty Law for your hospital super bug claim?
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- Before they can start working with us and for you, they are individually interviewed by our managing director, a solicitor himself (although no longer practising). He is quickly able to assess whether they have the legal skills, but also whether they are easy to speak with on the telephone and will give you the confidence to believe in the service that you deserve.
- At the end of every legal matter that a Loyalty Law solicitor handles for one of our clients, we carry out an interview with the client to ensure that they have been completely satisfied with the service. This ensures that not only does the solicitor start off by providing an excellent service when he joins us, but through your feedback they continue to achieve the right service levels and continue to make you happy. This is important to us and is one of the reasons why we believe Loyalty Law is the right place for you to choose your solicitor.
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