Hospital Negligence Claims

MRSA Claims

MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) is a type of bacteria that’s commonly referred to as a “superbug” due to its strong resistance to a number of antibiotics. It can cause complications like blood poisoning and pneumonia, and is sometimes fatal.

If you or a loved one has contracted MRSA because a hospital failed to meet the right hygiene standards, our solicitors could help you seek answers and claim compensation for the infection. We help people who caught MRSA after the hospital failed to:

  • Cover open wounds
  • Screen other patients for MRSA
  • Disinfect surfaces and objects that may have been in contact with the bacteria
  • Follow hygiene procedures

We can also help if your MRSA wasn’t treated correctly or your symptoms were misdiagnosed. Some of the most common signs of an invasive infection include:

  • Chills
  • Dizziness and confusion
  • Fever
  • Muscular pain

As the UK’s largest medical negligence department, we have the experience and the expertise to help you secure compensation for MRSA negligence. With specialist solicitors across the country, we can support you wherever you’re based.

We recognise the importance of rehabilitation as well as compensation in your recovery. Our client liaison managers have close relationships with local charities and care providers, and they’ll work hard to make sure you have access to the medical support you need.

Many of our MRSA claims are funded on a No Win No Fee basis, which means you won’t have to worry about legal costs during your case*.

If you’ve contracted MRSA because of negligent hospital treatment, contact our legal experts for a free initial consultation about your claim.


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    • What Will Happen When I Make A Claim?
    • After you’ve contacted us, we’ll set up a free initial consultation to discuss your case and whether you have a legal claim. We’ll discuss what funding options are available to you to pay for your claim, including No Win No Fee agreements*.

      We’ll then get in touch with those responsible for your negligent treatment at an early stage to see if they accept the blame for your illness. If they accept responsibility, we’ll try to secure interim compensation payments which can fund private medical care and ongoing expenses, before your claim fully settles. Any interim payments will be taken out of your final compensation award.

      Our experts will look into your case in detail, gathering evidence from independent medical professionals. These experts evaluate what care you should have received and can determine any future implications to your health. They’ll also advise us on the care you’ll need in the future.

      We’ll always try and negotiate claims out of court, keeping the claim process as short as we can. However, if your opponent doesn’t accept responsibility or doesn’t agree with the amount of compensation we feel you need, we’ll start court proceedings.

      Even when trial dates have been set, claims are still often settled before reaching court. If your claim does need to go to court, we’ll be there to help you every step of the way, talking you through what will happen so you feel as comfortable as possible.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • You have three years to make an MRSA compensation claim, starting from the date you first became aware that you or your loved one had contracted MRSA. In fatal cases, this time limit begins on the day your loved one passed away. For children, this three year period begins on their 18th birthday, so they have until they’re 21 to make a claim.

      However, it’s important to contact us as soon as possible so that we can begin to investigate your claim. If you have questions or concerns about the time limits, please call us for free initial advice on 0800 121 6567.

    • Can I Make A Claim On A No Win No Fee Basis?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case we’ll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you’re best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we’ll explain the process clearly. This involves setting up an insurance policy that will protect you, at no cost to you. You’ll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • How Our Other Teams Can Help
    • Because we’re a full-service law firm, we also have a number of other in-house teams with specialist knowledge in areas such as rehabilitation, Wills and asset management.

      Rehabilitation

      We see rehabilitation as key and will make sure that you can access the care and support services you need to lead the best life possible. Our client liaison managers can provide support and information to you and your family, helping you with many of the other problems you may face, such as employment and benefit issues.

      Wills

      We have specialist Wills solicitors who can help with any issues surrounding Wills and who can also assist if you’re claiming on behalf of a loved one who has unfortunately passed away.

      Asset Management

      Our Asset Management team can provide advice on how your compensation could be best invested. We also have Court of Protection lawyers who can set up personal injury trusts and make sure you have access to the benefits you’re entitled to.

    • Meet Our Experts
    • Our medical negligence solicitors have years of experience in MRSA cases and are nationally renowned for their expertise. With offices up and down the country, we’re recognised by independent legal guides as one of the UK’s best medical negligence departments.

      For some people getting an apology and explanation for what’s happened is just as important as a compensation award. We campaign to ensure systems are put in place to ensure the same thing doesn’t happen to somebody else.

They were always there to answer my questions and queries when I was at my most vulnerable and they persevered to obtain the best possible result."

Lisa, client

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Make An MRSA Claim?

If you’ve contracted MRSA you could claim compensation from the trust responsible for medical services at the hospital where you were treated. We’re also experienced at helping the families of those who have died after contracting MRSA.

Being infected by MRSA doesn’t guarantee that a claim will be successful. However, if we can prove that…

... the hospital failed to follow its infection control policies or failed to maintain appropriate levels of hygiene, we may be able to establish negligence and secure compensation.

Another source of negligence is if the hospital fails to recognise that you’ve been infected or fails to correctly treat your infection. In a scenario like this, the bacteria might develop and your situation deteriorate, which could constitute negligence.

We could help you make an MRSA compensation claim – phone us on 0800 121 6567 or contact us online for more information.

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What Are The Effects Of An MRSA Infection?

MRSA can have life-threatening consequences, depending on the nature of the infection. There are two kinds of MRSA infection:

  • Skin/soft tissue infections, which often result in boils, abscesses and cellulitis
  • Invasive infections that reach deeper inside the body and can be fatal in extreme cases

Complications of an invasive infection include:

  • Blood poisoning
  • Endocarditis (infection of the heart valves)
  • Pneumonia
  • Urinary tract infections

These complications can have a devastating effect on patients who are already vulnerable, which is why hospitals must take MRSA seriously.

If you or a loved one has suffered after a hospital failed to deal with an MRSA infection properly, our solicitors could help you claim compensation. We’re experienced at investigating the breakdown of hospital protocols, working out how it happened and what could have been done to prevent an outbreak.

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What Constitutes Negligence?

Hospitals have protocols for reducing the risk of infections such as MRSA. It’s vital these hygiene procedures are followed at all times. Some examples of medical negligence include failures to:

  • Cover open wounds (this minimises the risk of bacteria entering the body)
  • Disinfect contaminated surfaces and laundry items
  • Make sure that staff treating an MRSA victim are wearing protective clothing and following hand hygiene procedures
  • Place someone who has been diagnosed with MRSA in isolation
  • Sanitise any objects that have been in contact with the bacteria
  • Screen patients for MRSA

Sometimes medical staff fail to diagnose MRSA, despite patients showing clear signs of an invasive infection. Symptoms include:

  • Chills
  • Dizziness and confusion
  • Fever
  • Muscular pain

We’ll work hard to prove that you were treated negligently, meeting with independent medical experts to get evidence for your claim. We’ll also seek assurances from the hospital that the same mistakes won’t happen again.

Please call 0800 121 6567 for a free initial consultation with one of our legal experts about your MRSA claim.

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As well as securing compensation and rehabilitation for our clients, we also campaign for changes to patient safety by supporting Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA).

This UK charity provides advice and support to people who have suffered because of lapses in patient safety, working in partnership with health professionals, the government and the NHS to ensure that safety guidelines are followed.

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