News article published on: 4th July 2019
In an article published by the Essex Chronicle, Stephanie Prior, Head of Medical Negligence, shares her view on what could be the cause behind the deadly Strep A outbreak that has claimed the lives of twelve people in Essex.
The outbreak is believed to have started in Braintree before spreading to the Chelmsford and Maldon areas.
Stephanie, from Chelmsford, was a formerly registered General Nurse before qualifying as a Solicitor. Now specialising in medical negligence at Osbornes Law, she suggests that the outbreak is likely to have started due to hygiene standards not being met.
Who is most at risk?
Strep A usually affects people with low immune systems, such as the elderly and babies. Healthy people can also contract the infection, however it can be very difficult to detect.
How did Strep A spread?
An investigation is still ongoing to determine the cause of the outbreak, and Stephanie’s views are simply speculation however potential signs could be a particular nursing agency or the same group of individuals who have been treating patients at care homes.
What to do if you’ve been affected?
Stephanie believes that affected families might have a case for suing service providers, depending on the outcome of the investigation. Families are advised to first lodge a complaint with the service provider before arranging a meeting to discuss complaints. If people are still unhappy after that, then that is the point to see a solicitor.