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Peter Rigby - Director of Medical Negligence | Last updated on: 30th August, 2023

We've got your Hospital Acquired Infection Claim covered

Although standards are in place to maintain safe and sterile environments in hospitals, unfortunately on occasion hospitals can fall below this standard. This can lead to acquired infections which can make the patient’s current condition worse and hinder their recovery. This may be caused by a number of reasons which stem from the fact that patient’s immune systems are reduced in their capability to fight infection.

Some of the most common hospital acquired infections claims we deal with are:

  • MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus)
  • C. Difficile Infections (Clostridium difficile)
  • Enterococcal infections
  • Acinetobacter infections


This list is not exhaustive and there may be other hospital-acquired infections that are not listed here. If you feel you have been a victim of medical negligence in relation to a hospital acquired infection the best thing to do would be to get in contact with us at Patient Claim Line and we will be able to tell you quickly whether we believe you have a claim to progress or not.

This page will not only uncover how you can claim for a hospital infection caused by negligence, but what examples there are of hospital infection compensation claims

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If you’re looking to claim compensation for a hospital infection, it is important to note that a claim can only be pursued where the infection has occurred as a result of negligence. If you are unsure about the level of care you have received, our specialist hospital infection solicitors can assess the validity of your claim.

Some of the most common hospital acquired infections claims we deal with are:

– MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus)

This is a tough bacterium that causes infections right across the body. An advanced version of staphylococcus aureus, or staph for short, and it’s also incredibly resilient against everyday antibiotics.


– C. Difficile Infections (Clostridium difficile)

Clostridium difficile, also known as C. difficile or C. diff, is one of the more unpleasant hospital acquired infections. People who have been treated with antibiotics can be more vulnerable to this particular infection.


– Enterococcal infections

Claims for hospital infection sometimes include Enterococcal infections. Enterococci are gram-positive, facultative anaerobic organisms that can cause a number of nasty infections, including urinary problems.


– Acinetobacter infections

Acinetobacter is a group of bacteria commonly found in the environment, like in soil and water. Acinetobacter infection can affect the blood, urinary tract and lungs.



As specialist hospital infection solicitorswe have a great success rate.

We will not only fight to bring your case to justice, but we’ll also ensure you are treated with empathy every step of the way.

It’s in our nature to put you first. Hospital acquired infections as a result of negligence can be a nasty and unpleasant business, therefore the last thing you need is a lot of paperwork when managing your own claim.

By trusting Patient Claim Line to secure your compensation for hospital infection you’re joining thousands of others who have received the very best care and legal professionalism available.

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Why Choose Patient Claim Line for your Hospital Acquired Infection Claim?

Not just lawyers — medical negligence experts

Patient Claim Line was established in 2014 and consists of a team of medical lawyers specialising in cancer negligence and general medical negligence claims.

At Patient Claim Line we have more than 100 solicitors with a combined experience of over 400 years and they will work on your behalf to achieve the best result possible for you.

It’s not enough to use a solicitor who sometimes covers medical negligence. You need someone who knows this area through and through. That is what the solicitors here at Patient Claim Line do. They deal exclusively in this area of law and are experts in the field.

Frequently asked questions about Hospital Acquired Infections Claims

Our expert legal team answer your questions about making a Hospital Acquired Infection Claim

There are times and circumstances in which you can make a claim on behalf of a loved one, whether they a parent, partner or child. For more information take a look at our guide to making a claim for someone else.

Infections can be acquired within a hospital in numerous ways such being spread from a medical professional or one patient to another, surgical equipment, bed linens or wounds not being sealed correctly. There are factors that can contribute to you acquiring an infection in hospital due to negligence, these include: 

  • A hospitals failure to meet hygiene standard 
  • Inadequate dressing of wounds or aftercare following surgery 
  • A failure to reduce/prevent the spread of infection from one patient to another 
  • The use of un-sanitised equipment 

To support your hospital acquired infection claim, having medical evidence will increase your chances of success. An example of this could be notes or witness statements detailing any negligent actions that may have taken place such as your wounds not being clean properly. Another example could be having details of the treatment you received in hospital this will enable an investigation to be made to check if the medical professionals involved took the necessary measures to prevent you from acquiring an infection. 

Meet our Hospital Acquired Infection Team

  • Peter Rigby

    Director of Medical Negligence

  • Leanne Devine

    Associate & Birth Injury Solicitor

  • Jennifer Argent


  • Tim Moulton

    Associate, Head of Medical Negligence

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