MRSA Claim: UK solicitor explains how to claim compensation if you have contracted MRSA in a hospital, care home or other healthcare environment
Find out what a MRSA claim is; the symptoms you are likely to experience if you have MRSA; the precautions which can be taken by hospitals to prevent the spread of MRSA; when you can make a MRSA claim and how to start your claim with a specialist clinical negligence solicitor.
What is a MRSA claim?
“Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus” or MRSA primarily affects the skin and is commonly contracted in hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare environments in which patients have open wounds and weakened immune systems.
MRSA bacteria is resistant to antibiotics, such as penicillin, and is one of the so called “superbugs” due to this resistance.
MRSA is a more resistant version of the Staph bacteria, which is carried in the nostrils by a large proportion of the population. Staph bacteria can be simply treated by antibiotics.
If you contract MRSA at hospital or in a nursing home you are likely to be able to make a MRSA claim for compensation – money to compensate you for the pain and suffering and financial losses due to the symptoms of MRSA.
What are the symptoms of MRSA?
If you are healthy you can be infected with MRSA without displaying any symptoms – asymptomatic. This can be the case for many years.
It is when your immune system is weakened as in the hospital environment that MRSA can take hold and lead to symptoms developing, which will typically follow the sequence as below:
1. Small red bumps which look like boils or pimples sometimes with a fever and a rash.
2. Within a day or so the bumps become larger and more painful.
3. Within a few days the bumps develop into open boils filled with pus.
4. There is a risk of that the infection if not treated promptly can affect the heart, bones and joints and can be life threatening.
How can a MRSA infection be avoided by a hospital or other healthcare environment?
MRSA claims can be prevented by hospitals by nurses and doctors taking proper precautions including:
1. Correct sterilisation of medical equipment and surface sanitising
Medical equipment and surfaces should be regularly sanitised – alcohol has been found to be an effective means of sanitation killing MRSA.
2. A screening process of patients admitted to hospital.
Staph bacteria is carried in the nostril of the nose by a large proportion of the population – the more resistant form of MRSA is more rare. Swabs can be taken from the nostrils of patients to test whether that patient has asymptomatic MRSA – this will allow the MRSA to be treated before contact with other patients or before an operation on that patient takes place.
3. Washing of hands by hospital staff
Doctors and nurses should use a sanitising hand wash and alcohol based hand wipes to kill MRSA germs.
4. Disposal of paper hospital gowns
Paper hospital gowns can carry the MRSA virus – these gowns should be properly disposed of to prevent the risk of MRSA being spread and to avoid a MRSA claim against the NHS Trust.
When can you make a MRSA claim?
If you have contracted MRSA at hospital, in a nursing home or other controlled medical environment it is likely that this has occurred due to incorrect safety precautions having been followed by the hospital staff.
The hospital will likely to be found negligent and you will be entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering caused by MRSA infection together with any long term effects, such as scarring, disfigurement or deformity.
How do you make a MRSA compensation claim?
To make a MRSA claim you will need the help of a specialist clinical negligence claims solicitor.
To commence a claim online, discuss your claim with a specialist medical negligence claims solicitor or ask an online question see our clinical negligence compensation solicitor free help options