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While C. Difficile infections have decreased, they still account for most hospital-acquired diarrhoea cases in the UK. In Scotland, between January and March 2013, 294 individuals over 65 and 98 aged 15-64 were affected by C. Difficile.

C. Difficile, a bacterial infection affecting the digestive system, typically leads to fever, diarrhoea, and stomach cramps, especially severe in weakened individuals. Due to its resilient spores, it spreads easily and can survive on surfaces for extended periods.

For those who contracted the C-Diff virus in a hospital environment due to inadequate cleanliness or staff negligence, there may be grounds for a C-Diff compensation claim. 

However, proving negligence over chance exposure is complex and requires expert guidance.  Thompsons Solicitors, an award-winning personal injury law firm, supports individuals affected by harmful conditions or substances due to negligence. Our empathetic team aims to secure maximum compensation swiftly for those who've undergone distressing experiences.

Can I Claim Compensation for a C-Diff Infection

Claiming compensation for a C-Difficile infection due to poor hospital procedures or staff negligence has historically been challenging. Pinpointing the exact origin of the infection is highly complex and often uncertain, making traditional claims difficult.

However, legal progress in MRSA cases under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations [COSHH] provides a foundation. A landmark ruling confirmed these regulations apply to patients, potentially aiding C-Diff cases.

If it can be proven that the hospital's failure to adhere to infection control policies led to a C-Diff infection, there's a higher chance of success in the claim. Additionally, a hospital may be liable for negligent delays in diagnosis, treatment, or aftercare.

Contact our specialist No Win No Fee lawyers for a free consultation to explore your options further.


Clostridium Difficile, often known as C. Difficile or C-Diff, is a bacterium found in the gut of some healthy adults. Antibiotics can disrupt the gut's normal bacteria, leading to C-Diff overgrowth and causing symptoms like varying degrees of diarrhoea, fever, and bowel inflammation. Treatment ranges from stopping the antibiotic causing the issue to more severe cases needing stronger antibiotics. Prevention is key, given C-Diff's contagious nature. Hygiene practices like using soap and water (as alcohol gel doesn't kill C. Difficile) and proper glove use are crucial.

Claims for C-Difficile compensation may arise if the infection occurred under the care of a Health Authority or Hospital Trust. Legislation like the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) may support claims. Demonstrating inadequate infection control policies or treatment delays can strengthen your case.

Those most at risk include those recovering from operations, the elderly and anyone with a weak immune system.

The Scottish Government has told hospitals to improve their hygiene standards. A public Inquiry has also been held into a spate of deaths in 2007 at the Vale of Leven and Royal Alexandra Hospitals due to C-Diff. The Inquiry report is due to be published in March 2014.

The microbe's destructive nature emerged only after the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics came into vogue. This coupled with sub-standard infection control in hospitals has encouraged the spread.

If you or a loved one suffered due to NHS negligence, a care home, or facility, you might have grounds for compensation. Contact our experienced No Win No Fee Lawyers for FREE legal advice. We're a reputable personal injury firm in Scotland, committed to handling your case professionally."

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