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Personal injury claims for MRSA

Personal injury claims relating to MRSA superbugs may increase in future due to workplace health and safety legislation.

Hospitals are beginning to realise that they are more likely to be pursued in future if medical negligence mistakes are made that cause personal injuries. It has been difficult to pursue some medical negligence personal injury claims in the past because it is never known exactly when somebody has become infected.

There is concern within the medical establishment that the new legislation will make the NHS liable for more costs than they can manage, take away revenue from hospitals that they need to help patients, and so impair patient care further and force more hospitals to close.

MRSA kills more than 1,000 people every year, and leaves thousands more severely ill or disabled. However, MRSA-related personal injury claims have historically been difficult to pursue because causation has to be established.

In 2005, there was a critical case where Kitty Cope - a pensioner from Bridgend in Wales - won personal injury compensation when she got MRSA after having a hip replacement.

Chairman of the MRSA Support Victims Group Tony Field said: "I think this has got the NHS really worried. We should see many more successful [MRSA] personal injury claims in the future."

What is MRSA?
MRSA stands for Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (SA). SA is a common type of bacteria that lives in the nose or on the skin of 25-30 per cent of the UK population without causing them any harm whatsoever. Most people don't realise they're carrying the germ and only experience small problems like skin infections that they may not even relate to MRSA.

Minor skin infections can be treated with antibiotics and in the past, even serious infections could be successfully treated with antibiotics. Over the past 50 years or so, some extremely resistant 'super-strains' have developed, however.

MRSA can be difficult to treat and may require a long hospital stay. In some cases, it can lead to serious health problems requiring a personal injury claim. You can treat MRSA by isolating individuals and using infection control techniques.

Contact isolation is one type of infection control technique, and means that anybody who has come into contact with the sufferer has to be very careful washing their hands or touching anything. The sufferer may also be put in an isolated unit with no other patients around to prevent the spread of germs.

Symptoms of MRSA include redness, swelling and tenderness at the infection site. Sometimes, people carry MRSA without having any symptoms at all and can continue as normal for some time without realising that they have it. In other cases, symptoms develop very quickly and result in a personal injury claim.

Making a personal injury claim
The medical establishment and medical practitioners are extremely worried about MRSA in the future and the number of MRSA infections rises every year. It is speculated that deaths due to MRSA are increasing at a similar rate.

If you have suffered an MRSA personal injury due to medical negligence and want to make a compensation claim, we can give you free legal advice about the personal injury claim process and can help to put your accident claim in motion.

We have an excellent team of first-rate personal injury advisors who can answer all your queries clearly in plain English and without legal jargon. We have an impressive success rate and we are here to help you and make your claim application as easy as possible.

We offer a no win, no fee service.  What this means is that, if your claim is unsuccessful, you don't have to pay a penny. It means making a claim is a totally risk free process.

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