How much compensation can I claim for MRSA?
By Max Mitrovic. Last Updated 29th June 2022. In this guide, we explain how MRSA claims for compensation work. This includes an explanation of the potential circumstances which may provide someone strong grounds to start this type of claim.
In recent years, the number of MRSA infections has reduced. However, there are still those that suffer from MRSA across the UK. If MRSA has infected you and you believe that someone else is to blame, such as the hospital you were being treated at or your place of work, you will be able to make a claim. You need to demonstrate that someone else is to blame; you cannot simply show that you have been exposed to the infection.
So, if you have been infected with this form of bacteria and want to claim compensation, all you need to do is get in touch. We have an abundance of experience in securing compensation for victims making MRSA claims. And so we can help you to get the maximum amount you are entitled to.
But first, for more MRSA facts and information on claiming, simply read on.
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- A Guide to MRSA compensation claims
- What is MRSA?
- MRSA statistics
- What to do if you have been infected with MRSA
- How to begin an MRSA claim
- MRSA at work claims
- What can be claimed for after MRSA?
- The most common symptoms of MRSA
- MRSA treatment
- How to prevent MRSA
- Can I claim compensation if I contracted MRSA at hospital?
- What Are MRSA Compensation Payouts for 2022?
- No Win No Fee MRSA claims
- Why choose us as your claims service for an MRSA claim?
- Call for free advice on MRSA settlements
- Useful links
MRSA is a type of bacterial infection, which is caused by the Staphylococcus aureus bacterium. If you have been diagnosed with MRSA and you believe that someone else is to blame, such as the clinic or hospital you were being treated at, there is a very high chance that you will be entitled to compensation.
MRSA claims can be somewhat complex, as it is all about proving responsibility. This is why you need an expert legal firm on your side that can give you the greatest chance of securing the maximum amount. This is exactly what you get when you work with us. We have years of experience and an exceptional reputation to back it up.
But first, why not take a look at our MRSA guide below? You will find all of the information you need to know about these types of claims. This includes everything from the MRSA meaning and MRSA treatment to MRSA compensation payouts and making MRSA NHS claims.
MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It is also commonly referred to as a superbug. MRSA is a form of bacteria resistant to a wide range of antibiotics that are frequently used. This becomes a problem because it means infections with MRSA are a lot more difficult to treat when compared with other types of bacterial infections. Is MRSA contagious? Quite simply, yes. In fact, this is how it is often passed onto people through contact.
What happens if you test positive for MRSA?
This means that you presently have an infection of MRSA. But its severity could vary. Hence you needing the most appropriate treatment at that moment. This could be as basic as antibiotics. But in any event, you could seek treatment if you do receive a positive MRSA diagnosis.
For information about making MRSA claims, please read on.
MRSA actually lives harmlessly on the skin of roughly every one in 30 people. It is typically in the groin, armpits, nose, or buttocks. This is known as carrying MRSA or colonisation. Most people are unaware of its existence, and it does not bother them in the slightest.
However, if an individual is carting the bacterium and has some form of medical problem that weakens their immune system, then the staphylococcus aureus bacterium may become active and start to create problems. The bacteria starts to multiply rapidly once it gets into the bloodstream, and this can cause severe infections to other body parts.
For information about making MRSA claims, please read on.
If you have been infected with MRSA, no matter whether it is MRSA in the nose or anywhere else in your body, there are steps you can take to gather evidence to boost your chances of securing compensation. Of course, your health is the most important thing, and it is important to focus on your recovery first and foremost. Nonetheless, gathering the following can help to secure a payout:
- All details regarding the injury – It is important to gather all information regarding the incident. This includes making your own notes about what happened, as well as holding onto any medical reports.
- Photographs – If any of your injuries are visible, it is a good idea to take photographs of them.
- Witnesses – Did anyone witness the negligence you suffered? If so, make sure you get their contact information. Witness statements can really help to boost your case.
- Proof of expenses – It is important to keep a hold of any proof of the expenses you have suffered. You can claim these as special damages. Examples include loss of income, childcare costs, travel expenses, prescription expenses, and the cost of counselling. So long as the expenditure was encountered as a direct consequence of the accident, you will be able to claim for it.
For information about making MRSA claims, please read on.
Starting MRSA claims is easy when you have our help. All you need to do is give us a call, and we will be there for you every step of the way. When you call us, we will happily answer any query you may have and talk you through the process involved when making an MRSA claim. We will also ask you some questions too. This is part of our free consultancy session. We must find out the facts of your case here so that we can advise you effectively.
You will also be pleased to know that we work on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that you will only need to pay legal fees if your case is successful, therefore, offering you a significant degree of monetary protection. You can find out more about No Win No Fee and why it is so beneficial below. This also applies when claiming on behalf of a child with MRSA where you serve as a litigation friend.
In some cases, a local medical needs to be arranged. This is nothing to worry about. We will happily arrange it for you at a local clinic, with no cost involved. Again, this is something we can discuss further once you get in touch.
There is also the chance that you may have contracted MRSA at work, especially if you work at a health clinic or hospital. If this has occurred, you may be entitled to make MRSA claims.
All employers in the UK need to follow the legislation to ensure that the workplace they provide is a safe and healthy one – healthcare providers included. If your employer has failed to do this and you have been infected with MRSA as a consequence, you may be able to launch a claim. To do this, you need to show that your employer has not taken the necessary steps to reduce the chances of MRSA contraction to the lowest possible level.
When you sue a hospital for getting MRSA as a result of negligence, your final settlement could be awarded under two heads of claim. In this section, we’ll focus on what’s awarded to account for your physical and psychological injuries. The amount is known as general damages.
Below, we’ve included some example entries from the latest edition (16th) of the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG), published in April 2022. This publication is one of the main resources that legal professionals make use of when they are valuing your general damages payment.
MRSA claims can be made for a number of injuries and illnesses – including psychological. We’ve included some example figures from the JCG in the table below. However, it’s important to treat these figures as guidelines only. Your own claim will need to be assessed on an individual basis in order for it to be accurately valued.
|Injury Type||Notes||Compensation Bracket|
|Kidney||(c) When one kidney is lost, but the other is not damaged||£30,770 to £44,880|
|Skin Condition||(a(a) Both hands suffering from cracking, soreness, and possibly with some psychological symptoms||£13,740 to £19,200|
|Skin Condition||(b(b) Symptoms persist for a significant period, but treatment settles the condition||£8,640 to £11,410|
|Skin Condition||c) (C) Irritation, itching or rashes that affect one or both hands but heal after a few months of treatment||£1,710 to £3,950|
|Scarring||Multiple scars that are noticeable and on various parts of the body||£7,830 to £22,730|
|Scarring||A single scar that that is noticeable.||£2,370 to £7,830|
|General psychiatric damage||(c) Moderate – Factors such as the effect on relationships and capacity to work will have been more severe, but there is now a good prognosis||£5,860 to £19,070|
|Mental anguish||(E) When you fear you may die or have your lifespan reduced due to your injuries||£4,670|
Having MRSA on your skin does not make you ill, nor does it cause any symptoms. You will only discover you have MRSA if you need to go into hospital for any reason. If MRSA ends up in your bloodstream, the symptoms you may experience include:
- MRSA rash
Once it gets worse, it can also lead to:
- Pains and aches
- A high temperature of 38C or above
It is important to note that your experience’s MRSA symptoms will differ depending on what part of your body has been infected. Heart infections are going to be different to blood, bone, or lung infections.
Is MRSA contagious is another question we are frequently asked. It is, and this is usually how people end up contracting it. If this happens through no fault of your own and due to the negligence of those with a duty of care to you, you could have grounds to make MRSA claims.
You may need treatment to remove MRSA from your skin. This is called decolonisation, with treatment usually happening at home. It involves the application of antibacterial cream and washing with an antibacterial shampoo. You will also need to change your bedding, clothes and towels daily during the treatment. The laundry in question needs washing at a very high temperature. And the washing should happen separately. Do not include any other laundry with it.
If you have an MRSA bug infection, you usually receive antibiotics. These come as injections or tablets, and treatment can last anything from a few days to a few weeks. You may need to stay on your own during the treatment in a private room. Or, you may be in a ward with other people that have MRSA. This is to make sure you don’t spread the bacteria.
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While staying in a hospital, you can do several simple things to lower your chance of contracting MRSA or spreading it. This includes the following:
- You should report any facilities that are unclean to hospital staff. If you worry about the hygiene at the hospital you’re staying in, do not be afraid to say something.
- Follow the advice provided to you regarding wound care.
- Look after any devices that could cause an infection. Examples include drips or urinary catheters.
- You should also wash your hands regularly. Alcohol hand gel and hand wipes are also great. Make sure you especially wash your hands after you have been to the toilet, as well as before and after you have eaten.
Can you sue a hospital for MRSA? If you have contracted an MRSA virus during a stay at a hospital, there is a chance that you will be able to claim. In fact, most MRSA claims are for medical negligence. You are, after all, more likely to have a compromised immune system if you are weak or ill. This means you are at a higher risk of contracting MRSA while you are in hospital. If you have a drip or if you’re having surgery, there are several opportunities for the bacterium to enter your bloodstream.
The most common way for bacteria to pass to you is through infectious hospital equipment or someone else’s hands with the infection. These are the most common MRSA causes. There are strict guidelines for NHS staff and healthcare provides across the UK on preventing MRSA infections. If the hospital doesn’t follow these guidelines, there is a very high chance that you will be able to secure compensation.
There are actually three possible types of legal MRSA claims for such a scenario. Let’s take a look at each one in further detail:
Breach of the COSSH regulations:
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSSH) Regulations 2002 state that hospitals have a responsibility to lower harmful substance exposure to the lowest level possible. If a hospital is in breach of the COSSH Regulations, as they have failed to enforce appropriate procedures and policies, you may be able to make a claim. Unfortunately, the law regarding MRSA claims is rather sketchy, as the Courts have not considered whether COSSH applies to patients with MRSA.
Negligent treatment of MRSA:
The second type of claim you can make is for negligent treatment of MRSA. Indeed, clinical negligence, medical negligence or hospital negligence all point to medical staff failing in their duty of care. To launch successful MRSA claims, you need to provide evidence of the hospital managing your case of MRSA negligently. You then need to prove that the negligence you experienced resulted in loss and injury. These cases focus on what has happened once an individual has MRSA transmitted to them. For example, whether suitable antibiotics were provided or whether infection signs were picked up at the speed they should have been.
Negligent acquisition of MRSA:
You must show that you contracted MRSA while you were in the hospital for this type of claim. Additionally, you need to show that the hospital provided you with treatment that was of a substandard level. You also need to show that you would not have acquired MRSA if the treatment had not been poor. And, finally, it is essential to prove that you suffered loss and injury due to this negligence. When determining whether you should receive compensation, the court will consider whether the hospital takes the necessary precautions to lower the infection risk to the lowest possible level.
No matter what type of hospital negligence MRSA claims you will make, all you need to do is give us a call, and we will help you along the way. We have all of the experience required to put your mind at ease, and we will provide legal advice on the right type of claim for your circumstances.
You may wonder how much you could receive when making MRSA claims. As previously explained, you could receive compensation for MRSA through two different heads of claim: general damages and special damages.
We’re unable to provide you with an average compensation payout for MRSA claims. This is because there are a lot of factors that can determine what you could receive should your claim be successful.
General damages compensation is based on factors such as:
- The extent of your injury
- How negatively the injury has impacted you
- Your age
- Whether you’ve suffered multiple injuries from the same act of negligence
- Your prognosis
The value of special damages compensation you could receive is based on the financial losses you’re able to prove. This shows why evidence is vital in the claims process – providing receipts or invoices, for instance, could be the difference that leads to you receiving special damages compensation.
You would only receive compensation from a personal injury claim if you can show how your injury was caused by negligence. Due to the variables, we would only be able to give you an informed compensation estimate if you contact us. Please contact us at a time that suits you using the details above.
One of the main benefits of using our service for MRSA disability claims is that we operate on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that you only need to pay legal fees if your compensation case is a success. If for some reason, we do not secure MRSA compensation for you, you won’t need to pay a penny.
This is highly beneficial, as it means anyone with a valid case for compensation can make MRSA claims with help from a lawyer. There are no financial barriers in the way. When you claim with us, there is no way you are going to be out of pocket.
There are many knock-on benefits to consider. For example, if you were to go for a solicitor that charged by the hour instead, there is always the chance that they would take on your case merely to take your cash. After all, the amount of money they make doesn’t change by whether your MRSA claims are successful or not. Instead, you know that we won’t mess you about or waste your time when you work with us. We only take on cases that have a genuine chance of success.
Many legal firms in the UK can help you claim MRSA infections, yet you will struggle to find a better company than us. That’s a promise. Not only do we have an outstanding reputation in the industry, but we have many years of experience as well. We have successfully secured compensation for many medical negligence victims over the years.
Another thing that we are proud of is our customer-centric approach. We always put our customers first. We appreciate that you are going through an extremely difficult time at the moment. This is why we will work on your case as efficiently as possible, enabling you to concentrate on your recovery. We won’t pester you or hassle you, but we will always be available if you need us.
MRSA Claims FAQs
What is MRSA?
MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. People also commonly call it a superbug. MRSA is a form of bacteria that resists a wide range of antibiotics. This becomes a problem because it means infections with MRSA are a lot more difficult to treat when compared with other types of bacterial infections.
Can you sue a hospital for getting MRSA?
If you contracted MRSA due to medical negligence, you may be able to claim by holding the responsible party liable for their failures that led to your suffering. If you contracted MRSA from a hospital, then your claim will need to prove that this hospital breached a duty of care they owed you by failing to take reasonable steps to protect you from infections.
How can clinical or medical negligence be determined?
Negligence is generally definable according to the following criteria:
- A third party owed you a duty of care
- Which they failed to uphold
- And you suffered as a result
How much compensation could I be entitled to?
Medical negligence claims have varying values on a case-to-case basis. That’s because we estimate compensation according to the extent of each claimant’s suffering. Please call today for a free consultation.
How can I prove my pain and suffering?
Typically, your solicitor can organise a medical evaluation for you with an independent expert. Their report can evidence your claim.
What is a No Win No Fee agreement?
On a No Win No Fee agreement, you don’t pay your solicitor’s fees unless they win your compensation for you. Therefore, you’ll never have to pay out of pocket as there aren’t any upfront or hidden fees either.
How can Legal Expert help me claim?
Legal Expert can provide a full claims management service and have medical negligence solicitors with over 30 years of experience. For a free consultation, please get in touch with one of our specialist advisors today.
Looking for advice on MRSA claims? Legal Expert can answer your queries and potentially provide further support if you have the grounds to start this type of claim. To reach us, you can give our advisors a call on 0800 073 8804. Or you can reach us online through our contact form or live chat service.
You will speak to a friendly and experienced member of our team who will be more than happy to assist you in any manner they can. We will answer any queries you may have regarding MRSA settlements and provide you with our expert advice on moving forward with a claim.
This link takes you to the MRSA guide on the NHS website. It covers how you get MRSA, the symptoms, screening and testing, treatment, and prevention. There is also information on clinical trials.
This link takes you to the government’s Health and Safety Executive website, which explains the risks healthcare workers face. There is useful information on controlling occupational exposure to biological agents in a healthcare setting.
If you have contracted MRSA or a hospital infection, contact us today to determine how much compensation you can claim.
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Still have questions regarding MRSA claims? Feel free to contact our advisors online or on the phone to learn more.