Claiming Compensation for MRSA Infections

If you have recently been infected with the Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) virus through no fault of your own, then you may be eligible for personal injury compensation. If you have been brought down by the MRSA virus by either working in unhygienic conditions or living in unhygienic conditions, then you may be eligible to claim for your medical expenses as well as any loss of income for time that you have had to take off work.

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What is MRSA?

MRSA is a common form of bacteria found on human skin. Although it lies dormant on the surface of the skin, if it finds a way to enter the body it can become quite dangerous. Abrasions, cuts and wounds can allow the infection to enter into the body and are most common in shared areas such as shared living quarters, schools, colleges and workplaces.

MRSA can be particularly tricky to remove as it does not respond well to traditional antibiotics, and if left untreated it can develop from what is initially a series of boils and skin abrasions to far more serious symptoms affecting several of the body’s major organs.

What are some symptoms of MRSA?

Symptoms of MRSA can vary from very minor breakouts to major organ failure and include:

  • Boils and abscesses – The first stage of MRSA is the skin breaking out in boils and abscesses, these can be either small or large depending on the severity of the infection
  • Low blood pressure – Combined with septic shock, this occurs when the bacteria reaches the blood stream, causing the body’s blood pressure to drop to low levels.
  • Pneumonia – When MRSA infects the lungs it can cause pneumonia. This is an infection in the lungs which can lead to death if left untreated
  • Death – The current death rate of MRSA is calculated at around 20%, the majority of these deaths come from patients that have pre-existing health conditions for example HIV which prevent the body from being able to heal the disease.

How do I know if I’m eligible to make a claim?

If you have received MRSA through no fault of your own, this could be through workplace negligence or simply as someone else’s fault, then you may be eligible to claim compensation. As MRSA is a fairly serious infection the compensation levels can be quite high and often cover the entirety of your medical expenses, your loss of income from work and any potential damages that you may require as part of on-going treatment. If you want to start your claim today then give the Manners Pimblett team a call and let us help you to claim the the compensation you deserve. 

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