Unfortunately hospitals are neither as safe nor as clean as we would all like them to be.

Medical professionals are over-stretched and resources are tight.

Surgical procedures are often very complicated and treatments can be highly technical and complex. Many of these carry some level of risk and most patients are warned of these risks before surgery.

Sadly mistakes are made by many medical professionals resulting in pain, heartache and frustration for victims and their families alike.

Sometimes these mistakes result in hospital acquired infections either as a result of a lack of hygiene during surgery or in post-operative care.

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Ruth joined Hugh James in December 2018 and is a Partner and Head of our Clinical Negligence Department. She has exclusively practised in clinical negligence since qualifying in 1995 and has a wealth of experience in complex and high value clinical negligence claims.

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Case studies

We recovered £53,500 for a client who had contracted MRSA following spinal surgery. The compensation provided much needed equipment and support for our client's family who provided her with care.

Case study 1

We recovered £645,000 for a client who had contracted MRSA and as a result had been left virtually wheelchair bound. The compensation enabled the client to purchase an adapted property and meant that professional carers could look after her for the rest of her life.

Case study 2

Hospital acquired infections

Hospital acquired infections are those which were not present at the time of admittance to hospital but were acquired during hospital care.

The most common types of infection are MRSA and Clostridium Difficile.

If you feel you have received sub-standard treatment in respect of the above, please contact one of our expert team of solicitors now.

Hugh James hospital acquired infection claims experience

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus ("MRSA") has become a wide spread problem among hospitals. Over the last 15 years the presence of MRSA in hospitals has increased causing a rise in resistant strains and an increase in the number of patients that have died or have been left permanently injured.

This has led to Hugh James dealing with a number of claims for compensation against NHS Trusts leading the way for significant developments in the way in which these claims are dealt with.

Hugh James negligence lawyers secured a landmark victory which will make it easier for injured claimants to obtain their rightful compensation if they suffer injuries following the contraction of MRSA.

In the past, bringing a case in negligence for actually contracting MRSA in Hospital has been very difficult. There have been a few successful cases relating to the negligent treatment of MRSA but not the negligent contracting of MRSA.

This case lead by Hugh James is important because the Defendant accepted that the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH Regulations) applied to MRSA infections, which means that if a Hospital, as in this case, fails to follow its infection control policies, and that this has resulted in the patient contracting MRSA, they will be liable for an injury caused to the patient and will be faced with having to pay compensation, which in many cases, like this case, is likely to be significant.

This was a wakeup call to the Hospital Trusts to ensure that they have adequate Infection Control Policies and to ensure that Hospital workers comply with the policies.

Over the years the clinical negligence experts at Hugh James have successfully recovered damages for many patients and have become experts in this field of medical negligence.

We have access to the best specialist medical experts to enable us to obtain evidence of past and possible future needs to ensure that you are adequately compensated for the disability you suffer.

We treat every client with sensitivity and care, whilst aiming at the same time to deliver results including the highest financial settlement possible.

We are able to assist you on a no win, no fee basis.

If you or a member of your family has suffered as a result of a medical negligence, contact our friendly and approachable team today.

If after talking to us you decide not to take matters further you are under no obligation to do so and you will not be charged for our initial advice session.

We are dedicated to your best interests and can advise you on how to proceed.

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