Solicitors Specialising in MRSA and Other Superbug Negligence Claims
MRSA – what is it?
MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus and it is a superbug that exists in many hospitals. At its worst, it can lead to amputation, delay patients’ recovery times and even kill. There are other superbugs around that can have similar effects, but MRSA is the best well-known.
MRSA – who does it affect?
The superbug most often affects patients who have recently had surgery, but it can also have an impact on people who have direct IV access or open wounds. Generally, MRSA is avoidable and it is most commonly spread through poor hygiene practices in hospitals.
Previously, hospitals maintained that they were not to blame when MRSA spread. However, recent decisions from the Courts suggest that this line is not always upheld. This means that medical negligence compensation claims can, in appropriate cases, be bought against hospitals in cases where a patient has suffered from MRSA. MRSA and other superbug claims can sometimes be difficult to prove, though, so you should always seek legal advice and a specialist medical negligence solicitor if you’re considering such a claim.
Simple medical procedures as straightforward as hip replacement, for example, can become extremely dangerous due to the possibility of contracting an infectious disease which increasingly useless antibiotics would not treat.
Superbugs – the big picture
The overuse of antibiotics over the last 70 years means that bacteria are now increasingly resistant to certain drugs. We have already seen penicillin become an ineffective treatment method for various bacterial infections and it is feared that many other antibiotics will become useless. Recent MRSA outbreaks have clearly shown that a range of terrible conditions can arise if drugs become ineffective.
Unfortunately, whilst multiple infectious diseases are discovered every year, a very limited number of new antibiotics have been developed in recent times. Pharmaceutical manufacturers have struggled to find new anti-bacterial drugs and as a result patients have had to settle for drugs which either fail to adequately solve the problem, or leave them with nasty side effects.
We are now getting near the end of the UK Government’s 5 Year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy [2013 to 2018]. But the MRSA and superbug problem remains a very real threat.
Ways of improving research into new antibiotics need to be explored further.
Proving MRSA Claims
If you are going to make a medical negligence claim against a hospital on the grounds that you contracted MRSA, you need to prove that the hospital was at fault. This could include:
• Proving that you contracted MRSA at the hospital and not elsewhere
• Demonstrating that hospital staff did not follow proper hygiene procedures
• Demonstrating that once the hospital had discovered your MRSA, they did not take the proper steps to limit its impact on you
• Demonstrating how your recovery in hospital would have been improved or quicker if you had not caught MRSA while you were there
It can often be hard to prove that the hospital was at fault in terms of you catching a superbug – as a result, many MRSA claims kind tend to focus on inadequate care from the hospital following the detection of the problem. This, however, also needs to be proved and so the cases are not always straightforward.
Get in touch with our MRSA Solicitors today
If you have caught MRSA or another superbug and think that it was due to medical negligence, speak to one of our specialist MRSA Solicitors.
We can review your case and, if we think you have a claim, we will help you in moving that the hospital was in some way at fault.
- Call us on FREEPHONE 0800 1404544
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