C.Difficile

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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