A stay in hospital has become more hazardous in recent years due to meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA). This infectious bacteria is a strain of Staphylococcus Aureus that has developed resistance to many antibiotics commonly used to treat Staphylococcus infections. As a result, it can be difficult to treat.
As an MRSA infection may arise independently from a medical diagnosis and is largely a hazard of having to stay in hospital and not directly part of medical treatment, the manner in which a legal case is approached is somewhat different. It will be necessary to prove that the patient contracted the infection while staying in hospital. Many hospitals test incoming patients for the infection on admittance and in those cases, it can be easier to prove when the infection occurred and if the hospital was at fault. Where testing is not carried out, it may be more difficult to prove.
Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1995 the owner of any premises, including a hospital, is under a duty to take reasonable steps to prevent visitors from suffering injury. In a hospital setting, this requires appropriate steps be taken in order to prevent injury in the form of an infection. Sherwin O’Riordan have access to specialists in this field in order to best explore your options with respect to taking a legal case to compensate you for an unexpected infection whilst in hospital.
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