C. Difficile (Clostridium Difficile) is a bacteria naturally present in the gut of a very small percentage of the population.
It is the most serious cause of antibiotic-associated diarrhoea and can lead to severe inflammation of the colon and other intestinal disease, together with very high temperature and sickness, giving flu-like symptoms.
C-Diff infection often results from the eradication of normal gut flora by antibiotics, allowing C-Diff to overrun. Hospital patients sometimes contract it when spores of the bacteria are accidentally ingested.
Are You Eligible to Make a C. Difficile Claim?
A patient becoming ill through C-Diff is not in itself a cause for a claim against the hospital where it has been contracted, but if any of the following circumstances applies, you may have a case:
The hospital allowed an outbreak in a ward by failing to diagnose or treat a patient properly with the condition
The hospital negligently delayed diagnosing the patient who is making the claim
The patient’s condition was negligently treated, for example with the wrong antibiotic or none at all
In each case, the patient must have suffered more, or had a more serious illness, than they would have had they been treated with the standard of care expected. If this applies to you, and you wish to pursue a claim against the hospital where you contracted C. Difficile, our solicitors will welcome your call.
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