Going into hospital means trusting your health to professionals who owe you a duty of care. They have a responsibility to minimise the risk of infections and if they have failed to do so, there can be serious consequences.
Some infections might be detected quickly and treated easily, but some can be life-threatening or cause permanent damage to your health. No matter the circumstances of your hospital-acquired infection, you’ll be entitled to claim compensation if it was caused by clinical negligence.
Switalskis has a deep understanding of the laws that protect patients in these cases. Our experience and high success rate in making infection claims make us the perfect partner for you. We’ll always work hard and do whatever it takes to give you the highest chance of making a successful claim and securing the compensation you deserve.
Infection is a recognised risk in every operation. If it diagnosed later or not treated adequately with the right drugs or correct form of dressings to protect the wound, it can be negligent. Some infections may only be minor, but others may have permanent symptoms or cause life-changing injuries. If you suffer severe complications from an infection that should have been treated more actively, you may have the right to compensation.
Switalskis has a wealth of expertise and experience in making claims for clients in this same position as you. Our clinical negligence team believes that hospital-acquired infection claims are the best way to make sure other people don’t get infected under similar circumstances in the future. For us, it’s not just about securing the maximum amount of compensation for you - although, of course, that’s important. We also want to seek justice and make sure that the mistakes that caused your suffering never happen again.
Members of our team are accredited by the Law Society and by Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) , in recognition of their knowledge and the quality of service they provide. Our solicitors know the right questions to establish liability, build a strong case and reach a suitable settlement to get you the compensation you deserve.
If hygiene standards are not maintained, there is a high risk of sustaining a variety of different types of infections in healthcare settings. The most common infections that people sustain in this way include:
The type of infection and severity of the symptoms you experienced will determine how much compensation you could be eligible to claim.
Medical professionals are responsible for keeping you safe and healthy and should take reasonable care of you. Unfortunately, infections and the resulting complications can happen when those responsible for your care don’t meet their obligations. Healthcare mistakes that might entitle you to make an infection compensation claim include:
If you’re unsure whether you experienced medical negligence, speak to a member of our team. Switalskis’ infection claims solicitors have a wealth of experience in this area and can help you to identify whether or not you’re eligible to claim.
The process for making any medical negligence claim will usually unfold in essentially the same way. The stages involved will typically be as follows:
Once your claim reaches a successful conclusion, you’ll receive the compensation you’re owed. In some cases where the other party admits fault but negotiations take a long time, we may be able to ease your financial burden by securing interim payments.
Throughout this process, we’ll stay in touch to make sure you know what stage your case has reached and have an idea of when it might conclude. Switalskis will stay fully committed to your case throughout, to relieve as much of your stress as possible.
The amount of compensation you’ll receive for a hospital-acquired infection varies greatly according to the individual circumstances you faced. Things like the harm you suffered, the nature of your infection and the impact on your life will affect how much compensation you could receive.
Compensation payments consist of two types of damages: general damages, and special damages. General damages take into account the pain, suffering and loss of amenity you experienced as the result of a hospital-acquired infection. Judicial College guidelines and previous settlements for similar infections can affect how much you should expect in general damages.
Special damages are calculated based on any financial losses or expenses related to your infection and recovery. If you took time off work and lost earnings during your recovery, or will be unable to work in the future due to the aftermath of your infection, a claim will cover these losses. Similarly, if you’re left with a disability that needs you to make modifications to your home, vehicle or lifestyle, special damages can cover the costs associated with this.
Because of these factors, it is difficult to provide estimates for how much compensation you could be owed. The best way to get an accurate estimate of the compensation you’re due is to speak to a solicitor about the specifics of your case. Contact Switalskis today and we’ll be able to provide an estimate of how much compensation you could receive based on a discussion of your circumstances.
For any medical negligence claim, there is usually a time limit of three years to begin the claims process in court. This starts on the date of your negligent treatment, although in some cases it may begin on the date that you realised that clinical negligence was the cause of the harm you suffered.
There are some exceptions to this three-year limitation period, including:
If you’re unsure about whether or not you’re eligible to make a claim, speak to the infection negligence claims solicitors at Switalskis. We’ll talk about your situation, advise you of any deadlines that apply, and get the claims process started for you.
At Switalskis, we believe that no one should be held back from claiming compensation simply because they are worried about the financial cost. We offer a few different arrangements to cover legal fees and minimise risk to our clients, so that anyone who has the right to make a claim is able to do so.
During our initial conversation, we’ll talk about funding options to put your mind at ease when it comes to paying for legal support. That way, you can enjoy peace of mind about your case and not have to worry about facing any financial risk when making a claim.
If you believe that you or a loved one have been subjected to medical negligence during pregnancy, it's vital you take that first step towards justice. Switalskis is here to guide you through the process, providing expert advice, emotional support and strong representation.
Contact Switalskis today by calling 0800 1380 458 or getting in touch with us through the website to discuss your concerns in confidence with a legal specialist.