If you have contracted an infection as a result of a hospital visit or stay, we can help you claim the compensation you are entitled to.
We routinely help clients across all of Scotland make claims against a number of hospitals including Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH), Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Ninewells Hospital, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, and many more. Our team understand the impact suffering from an infection such as MRSA or C.diff may have had on your life, your finances and your future. We are here to help.
Hospital acquired infection claims against hospitals
In the past ten years, hospital infections have fallen dramatically, with a thirty-seven per cent reduction in levels of MRSA and a seventy-eight per cent reduction in the C. difficile infection being contracted by patients aged over 65. However, these infections still frequently take hold in hospital wards and can have a severe impact on those infected. If you have acquired an infection in hospital, we can help.
What is a hospital-acquired infection?
Hospital acquired infections have been brought to the spotlight recently, with many several cases arising in hospitals in Scotland.
Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAIs) are infections that develop as a direct result of intervention of some sort while a patient in a hospital or other healthcare facility. Healthcare environments may include GP's, dentist surgeries or care homes.
The most common HAIs that we deal with include:
- Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA or MSSA)
- Clostridium difficile infection (C.diff)
- Escherichia coli
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa
- Gram-negative bacteria
- Klebsiella species
- Surgical site infection
Can I make a claim against a hospital for a hospital-acquired infection?
To make a claim against a hospital for contracting an infection, there are certain things that you must be able to prove, Our lawyers can help you make a strong case, and provide the evidence required to support your claim. You must be able to demonstrate:
- the infection was contracted in the hospital where you were staying
- the treatment from the hospital fell below an acceptable standard
- that if the treatment you had received in the hospital had not fallen below an acceptable standard, you would not have contracted the infection
- that the negligence on the part of the hospital and medical staff resulted in your injury and subsequent loss
Making a claim for a HAI with Calio Claims
Our solicitors understand that it may seem daunting to bring a claim. However, we are experienced in making successful compensation claims for many different types of infection acquired in hospitals., care homes and other medical facilities. We will guide you at every stage. While you get in touch with us, we will explain clearly and concisely how best to proceed and what the next steps might be. We will always be upfront about how likely your claim is to succeed as well as the costs involved. We can often work with clients on a no-win, no-fee basis, and we can discuss whether this might be an option for you during your initial appointment.
Helping real people make successful claims
An example of how Calio Claims can help you make your claim can be illustrated by a case in which we acted for the family of an elderly victim who contracted C. diff following an admission to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee. The victim died as a result of the infection and despite their efforts, the family received no remedy from a complaint to the Health Authority.
After being instructed by the family, we initiated a claim against the Health Authority to obtain justice for the victim. We gathered expert opinions from medical professionals both of whom determined the Health Authority were at fault. Before going to court, the Health Authority agreed to settle the claim for £30,000. As well as the financial compensation the family received, we supported them throughout the claim , ensuring they were kept up to date each step of the way.
Make a claim against a hospital for contracting hospital-acquired infection - call our compensation claim lawyers today
If you have contracted MRSA or any other type of infection following a stay in hospital, and you believe the provider acted negligently, call us today. Our specialist personal injury team is based across our offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee. Our Dundee offices serves Aberdeen and the North of Scotland, so it is always straightforward and convenient to discuss your case with a member of our team.