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How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Hospital Infection?

By Max Mitrovic. Last Updated 14th June 2022. Welcome to our guide on hospital infection claims.

Over the past few years, there have been a number of infection outbreaks at hospitals across the UK. If you’ve suffered an infection while in hospital, and you believe the staff at the hospital are to blame, you could be entitled to compensation. This could be because hospital equipment wasn’t cleaned properly or because the staff did not follow the correct procedures. No matter the reason, we will help you to claim the highest compensation you are entitled to. We have many years of experience in these types of cases.

Whether you have queries in relation to Clostridium difficile (C diff) compensation claims or want to know more about hospital acquired infections compensation, contact us at a time that works for you. You can call us on 0800 073 8804. If you prefer, you can contact us through our website or by using the Live Chat window on your screen. 

Read on to find out more about claiming. This guide will answer important questions, such as “what kind of infections can you get in the hospital?” and provide examples of where you might be able to claim.

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A guide to hospital infection claims

Welcome to our hospital infection claims guide.

From UTI to the Ebola virus, there are many different types of infections that can be picked up in a hospital or healthcare environment. These types of hospital-acquired infections are called hospital superbugs. In this guide, we reveal everything you need to know about claims for hospital superbugs. This includes information on eligibility, making a claim, nosocomial infection prevention, MRSA compensation payouts and payout amounts for other infections, sources of nosocomial infection, and much more.

What kind of infections can you get in the hospital?

Before we look at hospital infection claims, let’s look at what hospital infections are. You may be wondering, “what kind of infections can you get in the hospital?”

In the past few years, there have been a number of outbreaks of serious hospital infections throughout the UK. This includes the likes of E. coli, C. difficile, and MRSA. Essentially, a hospital infection is any type of infection you have sustained due to your stay at the hospital. It means you would have been submitted to the hospital for an entirely different reason, yet picked up an infection while being treated.

Why do hospital infections occur?

Before we look at hospital infection claims, let’s look at why hospital infections occur.

There are a number of different reasons why hospital infections occur. The vast majority of these infections are transmitted by skin-to-skin contact with a person that has been infected. When the bacterium enters the person’s body, they become infected. There are a number of reasons why hospital patients are particularly vulnerable, including:

  • Hospitals are busy. People move about regularly, from one part to another part of the hospital. This makes it a lot easier to spread infectious bacteria.
  • Patients can have open sores, burns, or wounds, or their skin may be broken up from being pierced to insert a catheter. This makes it much easier for the bacteria to enter the body.
  • A patient has a weaker immune system than a healthy person, usually, and so the risk of infection becomes greater.

Hospital-acquired infections statistics

Let’s now take a look at some hospital infection claims related statistics.

It is estimated that roughly 300,000 patients are infected every year during their stay in hospital. This is according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). If you are one of these 300,000 patients, and the hospital was at fault for the infection, you could be entitled to compensation.

What you should do if you contract a hospital infection

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If you want to make hospital infection claims, it is important to gather evidence that can help your case succeed.

Of course, you need to focus on your health and getting better first. However, once you have done this, you should make a note of everything that has happened. Keep a journal of hospital infection. This will ensure you do not forget anything later down the line. It is also a good idea to take photographs of your injuries if they are visible.

If you’re claiming for bugs picked up in the hospital, as with any compensation claim, evidence such as this could strengthen your case. It can help establish a causal link between the actions of the medical professionals and your illness. You can learn more about hospital acquired infection claims by contacting our team for free legal advice at a time that works for you. Contact us using the above details.

How to start a hospital infection claim

Making hospital infection claims is straightforward when you use our service. Simply give us a call today and we will be with you every step of the way.

Our service always begins with a free telephone consultancy session. Not only does this give you a chance to ask some questions, but we will ask you a number of questions also. The phone consultation is simply so that we can find out as much as possible about your case, enabling us to assist you completely. We can also arrange a medical locally for you if required. Plus, all of our solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis, which you can find more information about below.

I contracted MRSA following my C-section and was ill, which then led me to have PND, could I claim compensation?

There have been a number of cases of people contracting an MRSA infection following a C-section. If this has happened to you, you may be able to make hospital infection claims for your suffering. This is even more so the case if you have suffered postnatal depression (PND) as a consequence.

Making a compensation claim is not only about physical injuries; emotional injuries are just as important. Contact us and we will ensure you get the highest compensation payout you are entitled to. We treat PND as seriously as it should be treated.

Like with any personal injury claim, when seeking hospital acquired infections compensation, you can claim for both physical injuries and psychological ones. 

Hospital bedsores that have caused an infection, can I claim?

If you have suffered from hospital bedsores due to a lack of care or upkeep in the hospital, you could be able to make hospital infection claims for compensation. In order to secure personal injury compensation, you simply need to prove that the hospital is at fault for your suffering. Find out more about the symptoms of bedsores below:

Early bedsore symptoms:

  • Itchiness or pain in the affected area.
  • A patch of skin that feels hard, spongy, or warm.
  • Part of the skin becomes discoloured.

Late bedsore symptoms:

  • A very deep wound that may reach the bone and muscle.
  • A deep wound that reaches the deeper layers of the skin.
  • An open blister or wound.

I got MRSA after working in a hospital can I claim compensation?

If you contract MRSA while working at a hospital and you believe your employer is to blame, you could be able to make hospital infection claims. Your employer has a duty to provide a safe and healthy environment. This is especially the case in the healthcare industry. If they have failed to do this, then you have the basis for a claim. You can also claim against a fellow employee if they have not followed the correct protocol and knowingly spread risk.

I contracted the Ebola virus while working at a hospital can I claim compensation?

The Ebola virus is incredibly serious, and the symptoms can be very worrying. If you’ve contracted this virus while working at a hospital, you will eligible for compensation if your employer is to blame. If you have failed to follow the correct protocol and left yourself open to the possibility of infection, you won’t be able to claim. However, so long as the incident was not your fault, we will be able to launch a case for you.

Can I claim compensation for my child after they contracted cellulitis infection while in hospital?

If your child has contracted cellulitis infection while in hospital, you could be able to make hospital infection claims on their behalf. If you fail to do this, your child will have three years to make a claim from the date of their 18th birthday. However, it is better to do this sooner rather than later, as the details will be fresh in your mind and making a claim will be a lot easier.

Any bugs picked up in the hospital can cause serious illnesses and health complications. As such, don’t forget that you can call us for free legal advice. You can tell you quickly and easily if you or your child are eligible for compensation.

Is MRSA contagious?

Yes, MRSA is contagious! In fact, it’s very, very contagious under certain circumstances, i.e. when skin damage or alterations are present. Spread cannot only occur through skin-to-skin contact, but also indirect contact! So, can you sue a hospital for MRSA? Absolutely!

MRSA facts

  • You can prevent MRSA – By regularly washing your hands with soap and warm water, for at least 30 seconds, you can prevent MRSA.
  • MRSA can be found outside of healthcare settings.
  • MRSA is a drug-resistant form of very common bacteria.
  • MRSA is resistant to commonly used antibiotics.

I developed an infection following getting a catheter while in hospital can I claim for compensation?

A lot of infection cases arise when the person has had a catheter. If this has happened to you, and the hospital are at fault for the infection, you could be able to make hospital infection claims. Contact us today to see if you could be eligible to claim.

Hospital infections at work claims

Many times, patients make hospital infection claims. However, there are instances whereby hospital staff are infected. This can be due to employer negligence, or it could be because other members of staff have not followed the correct procedure. All employers have a legal responsibility to provide a safe and healthy work environment, and this includes the provision of hospital infection control training. We have many years of experience in these claims, and we can help you to get the compensation you deserve.

What can be claimed for following a hospital infection

If you have been the victim of hospital infection, you can claim for the following:

  • Medical expenses.
  • Travel expenses.
  • Loss of earnings.
  • Care claim – If someone has helped you around the house during your recovery, they can launch a care claim.
  • General damages – This is compensation to cover the pain and suffering you have experienced.

The most common types of hospital infections

There are many different types of hospital infections UK wide that people can suffer from. However, we are going to look at some of the most common below, which we often see involved in hospital infection claims:

C. difficile –

C. difficile bacteria can survive for many, many weeks on surfaces and objects, which is why it is incredibly dangerous. It can be harmful to those with a weak immune system.

Common c diff symptoms include:

  • Cramping.
  • Abdominal pains.
  • Watery, foul-smelling diarrhoea.

Due to these symptoms, you may be looking into making C diff compensation claims.

Colitis

Colitis can occur due to C. difficile impacting the person’s colon, causing it to become inflamed.

Common colitis symptoms include:

  • Weight loss.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Dehydration.
  • Fever.
  • Frequent bouts of diarrhoea.

Staphylococcal infection

Staph bacteria are common and often become the focus of hospital infection claims. About every 1 in 3 people carries this bacteria, yet it lives harmlessly on their skin. Problems arise when the bacteria enters their body through a break in their skin, such as an insect bite, burn, grace, or cut. They can also get into your body through a urinary catheter or another type of medical equipment. Sharing contaminated objects can also be a problem.

This is why it’s important, when pursuing hospital acquired infections compensation, to have evidence showing that medical negligence led to your illness. As there are many ways you can contract infections such as this, you need to be able to illustrate that negligence caused your condition.

MRSA

MRSA meaning is Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. This is the most common out of all of the infectious diseases that are hospital-acquired. Depending on the type of body that is impacted, the symptoms can vary. Some people have the virus but they do not show any symptoms of MRSA.

Some of the most common MRSA symptoms include:

  • A general feeling of being unwell.
  • Swelling, tenderness, and pain in the affected part of the body.
  • Confusion and dizziness.
  • Chills.
  • Fever.

Cellulitis

Cellulitis can develop if MRSA is not treated. This is an infection of the skin’s deeper layers. This causes the person’s skin to become painful and swollen, their skin to turn red, and their temperature to rise.

The following conditions can develop as a consequence of cellulitis:

  • Septic arthritis.
  • Osteomyelitis (inflammation of bone marrow).
  • Urinary tract infection.
  • Sepsis (blood poisoning).

It’s important to note that your hospital acquired infections compensation will be based on many factors; one of which will be the severity of your condition.

Sepsis Compensation Payouts in the UK

Sepsis is just one possible outcome of sustaining an HCAI. HCAI stands for Healthcare-Acquired Infection. This may be used more broadly than ‘hospital infections’ as it can include infections picked up in other healthcare facilities such as a GP or dental surgery.

According to the NHS, sepsis is also sometimes known as blood poisoning or septicaemia. In some circumstances, it could occur as the result of a hospital-acquired infection due to medical negligence. Not only can it affect various parts of the body, but it can also be life-threatening.

The condition can vary in how severe it is. For instance, sepsis may be diagnosed and treated at an early stage. In other scenarios, it may not be caught until it has progressed and causes more serious symptoms.

The amount of compensation you receive for sepsis can depend on a number of factors. For instance, the degree of your suffering can influence how much your settlement is worth. Generally, the worse your injuries or illness, the more you tend to be awarded. However, each case is unique – so this is not a certainty.

If someone passes away due to sepsis, then a loved one of the deceased may still be able to claim on their behalf. This is known as a fatal accident claim. You still need to prove that their death was caused by medical negligence.

E. coli

E. coli can be passed through skin-to-skin contact with someone that is infected. It usually originates by eating unpasteurised milk or undercooked food.

Common E.coli symptoms can include:

  • Vomiting.
  • Nausea.
  • Stomach cramps.
  • Diarrhoea.

It can cause haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) in severe cases, which can result in kidney failure.

Ebola virus

This is a rare yet extremely dangerous infection.

Common symptoms of ebola include:

  • Severe muscle weakness.
  • A sore throat.
  • Joint and muscle pain.
  • A headache.
  • A high temperature (fever).

These symptoms will typically appear between two and 21 days after becoming infected. After this, reduced liver and kidney function can follow, as well as stomach pain, a rash, vomiting, and diarrhoea. After this, the person can bleed from their mouth, nose, eyes, and ears, as well as internally.

What Compensation For Hospital Acquired Infections May I Receive?

You may be wondering if you could sue for hospital-acquired infections. As mentioned previously, you would only be able to receive compensation if you could prove that you were harmed due to the hospital acting in a way that went below the standard expected of medical professionals.

You may want more information about the potential compensation you could receive in a lawsuit due to a hospital-acquired infection. It’s very difficult to provide you with a compensation estimate without knowing more about your case because every claim is unique. The amount you could receive is based on many factors, including the extent of the injury and how badly you’ve been negatively impacted by it.

The Judicial College Guidelines can give you a clearer indication of what you could receive. The Judicial College has analysed previous payouts to build compensation brackets based on successful cases from England and Wales. These figures have been taken from the latest guidelines, published in 2022. However, please remember that these amounts are not guaranteed.

Reason for compensationTypical compensation amountComments
Kidney infectionUp to £63,980This is where there is a significant risk of total loss of natural kidney function or future urinary tract infection.
Illness from a non-traumatic injury (severe)£38,430 to £52,500
Severe toxicosis, which causes fever, diarrhoea, vomiting, and serious acute pain. There will also be irritable bowel syndrome and continuing incontinence.
Illness from a non-traumatic injury (moderately severe)£9,540 to £19,200
Vomiting and diarrhoea that lasts for a two to four-week period with some bowel function disturbance and remaining discomfort. These consequences will last for a long period of time.
Illness from a non-traumatic injury (moderate)£3,950 to £9,540
Symptoms that last for numerous weeks, but there is full recovery within a year or two. Symptoms can include the likes of fatigue, alteration of bowel function, stomach cramps, and significant discomfort.
Illness from a non-traumatic injury (minor)£910 to £3,950
Varying degrees of diarrhoea, as well as disabling cramps and pain, continuing for some days or weeks.
Spleen infection£20,800 to £26,290
Loss of spleen where there is a continual risk of internal disorders and infection as a consequence of the damage to the immune system.
Mental anguish£4,670Fear of death and expectation of end of life.
Minor injuries (c)£1,370 to £2,450Recovery within three months
Minor injuries (b)£690 to £1,370Recovery within 28 days
Minor injuries (a)A few hundred pounds to £690Recovery within seven days

If you get in touch, we can provide you with a compensation estimate that relates more to your specific injury. If you would like to know what you could receive from a successful claim, please contact us for legal advice that is completely free.

No Win No Fee hospital infection claims

One of the great things about choosing our service is the fact that all MRSA lawsuit settlements and all community-acquired infection cases are handled by way of a No Win No Fee arrangement. Simply put, anyone can make a compensation claim, irrespective of his or her financial situation. This is because you will pay legal fees only once your compensation case is won. If we do not manage to get you compensation for your hospital illness claim, you won’t need to pay a penny. This offers you a significant degree of financial protection.

If you were to have your hospital infection claims handled by a lawyer who charges per hour, there is always the chance that you could end up with a huge legal bill to pay. This could result in almost all of your hospital acquired infections compensation being used to cover legal costs.

There is no chance of this happening when you work with us. You don’t pay for hospital acquired infection claims through us until the end of the process, meaning that our lawyers only get paid if your case is successful. Furthermore, our solicitors will only take up to 25% of your compensation in the form of a success fee.

This should take away any concerns you possibly might have that we will ever waste your time; we will only start a case if we believe there is a very real chance of getting you compensation. With solicitors that charge per hour, there is always the risk that they are only going to take on your case in order to take your money.

Why choose ourselves for your claims service following a hospital infection claim?

If you want to make a hospital infection claim, be it Ebola or an E.coli infection, there is only one company for the job. We have many years of experience in personal injury law, and we have an extremely good reputation among our peers. All you need to do is browse the testimonials that have been kindly written by our past clients to see how well we perform.

Although we have a lot of expertise, one of the main reasons why we have such a high success rate is because we put our clients first. We recognise that you have gone through an incredibly difficult time, and we don’t want to make this any worse. This is why we always aim to secure the maximum amount of compensation for your hospital infection claims in the most efficient manner. We focus on the case so that you can focus on your recovery.

Call for free advice and to start a claim

If you want to make a claim for a hospital infection, be it the MRSA virus or E coli, all you need to do is give us a call on 0800 073 8804.

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You will speak to a friendly and professional member of our team, who will be more than happy to assist you in any manner they can. We will answer all of your questions, be it about the hospital infection society or hospital infection control. They will answer your queries and they will put you in touch with the best No Win No Fee solicitor from our in-house team based on the ins and outs of your case. So, what are you waiting for? Give us a call today to get started.

Helpful links

MRSA Compensation Claims – Find out if you can claim?

If you or a loved one or member of your family have been infected with MRSA super bug in a hospital in the UK contact us today to see if you can claim compensation and also get free legal advice.

MRSA NHS page

This takes you to the MRSA NHS page. You will find out plenty of useful information, including how you get MRSA, symptoms, MRSA swab, screening and testing, nosocomial infection treatment, and prevention.

NHS page on E.coli

This link takes you to the NHS page on E.coli. You will find details regarding the causes of E.coli, as well as the symptoms, treatment, prevention, and returning to school or work.

Government website page for healthcare associated infections

This takes you to the Government website page for HCAI, which stands for healthcare associated infections. The contents include management of healthcare associated infections (HCAI) and epidemiology.

Government website about reducing infections in the NHS

This is a news story on the Government website about reducing infections in the NHS. It talks about the plans to stop hospital infections, including more money being pumped into hospitals that reduce rates of infection.

Government website – hospital acquired infections

This takes you to the Government website whereby you will find an FOI release on hospital acquired infections.

NHS How To Complain?

If you want to make a compliant about an NHS service, this website provides you with information on doing so, including time limits for NHS complaints.

How to Claim For Medical Negligence Compensation?

If you want to make a No Win No Fee medical negligence claim for a hospital infection contact our team today to find out if you can claim and get free legal advice.

Further Medical Negligence Guides

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Hospital Infection Claims FAQs

What is a hospital infection?

In the past few years, there have been a number of outbreaks of serious hospital infections throughout the UK. This includes the likes of E. coli, C. difficile, and MRSA. Essentially, a hospital infection is any type of infection you have sustained due to your stay at the hospital. It means you would have been submitted to the hospital for an entirely different reason, yet picked up an infection while being treated.

Why do hospital infections occur?

There are a number of different reasons why hospital infections occur. The vast majority of these infections are transmitted by skin-to-skin contact with a person that has been infected. When the bacterium enters the person’s body, they become infected.

How do I know if I have grounds to claim?

Typically, you will have grounds to claim if you suffered as a result of third-party negligence. Please get in touch today for a free consultation and our specialist advisors can tell you whether you could be entitled to compensation.

How can I determine negligence?

Negligence can usually be determined using the following criteria:

  1. A third party had a legal duty of care to you
  2. Which they failed to uphold
  3. And you suffered as a result of their failure

How much compensation could I be entitled to?

As compensation is valued on a case-by-case basis depending on the extent of the claimant’s suffering, it’s impossible to estimate your payout without looking into the details of your case.

How are damages paid?

General damages are paid to cover any physical or psychological harm whereas special damages are paid to cover any financial shortfall, such as loss of earnings. Special damages compensation can greatly increase the amount of hospital acquired infections compensation you receive if your claim is successful.

Do I need a lawyer?

By law, there is no requirement for you to have a lawyer handle your case. However, having one could not only ensure that you give your case the best chances of success but could even help you get the maximum compensation from your claim.

Where can I get a lawyer?

Look no further than Legal Expert for legal help, support and advice. Our panel of personal injury lawyers could begin working on your claim right away if you have grounds to claim and always handle cases on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning you can focus on getting better without any financial stress.

Thanks for reading our hospital infection claims guide. Furthermore, to learn more about hospital acquired infection claims, please contact our team for free legal advice at a time that works for you using the above details.

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