Staphlococcus Aureus, the bacteria behind MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus), is found on the skin or in the nose of around 20-40% of the population and generally causes no problems. Those who host the bacteria are said to be colonised or carriers.
However, it can become a problem if the individual becomes run down, has wounds, undergoes surgery, or has catheters or intravenous drips inserted, as this allows the bacteria to enter the body. This means that MRSA is more commonly found in hospitals.
MRSA is unlikely to harm healthy people, but it can cause serious infection. Typical complications include problems such blood poisoning and pneumonia. In some cases it may even result in death.
For an MRSA claim to be viable it is likely that you will need to prove the following:
- That the infection was acquired in the hospital or clinic where you were treated
- That the treatment received fell below accepted standards
- That you would not otherwise have contracted MRSA
- That you have sustained injury or loss
Claim compensation for MRSA
Our lawyers are among the leading specialists in medical claims in Scotland. As such, you can be assured of receiving meaningful advice, support and representation for a claim for MRSA contracted in any of the following situations:
- Through infection via an open wound
- Through a failure to provide proper screening procedures
- Through a failure to ensure sanitary surfaces or equipment
- Through failure to follow best hygiene practice
Furthermore, our lawyers can help in the event that a hospital or clinician has caused unnecessary suffering through a late diagnosis or misdiagnosis of the condition.