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.