Necrotising Fasciitis

Necrotising Fasciitis Claims

Necrotising fasciitis - sometimes known as the “flesh eating disease” - is an infection that can cause devastating injury if not diagnosed and treated in a prompt fashion. If you have been affected by such a delay, causing you to suffer the consequences of extensive tissue debridement, you must speak to a solicitor about making a necrotising fasciitis claim.

What Is Necrotising Fasciitis

Necrotising fasciitis is a type of bacterial infection that is, thankfully, relatively rare. Even so, it is a condition that can affect anyone, with hospital patients who have undergone surgery being especially prone.

The infection occurs when the bacteria that cause necrotising fasciitis enter the body, usually through a break in the skin. This may be as small as a superficial skin laceration (of which the person may not even be aware) to as large as a surgical wound. Either way, once the bacteria are inside the body, they begin to multiply at an alarming rapid rate.

However, this is extremely dangerous, because as they reproduce they release a poisonous toxin which eats away at the tissue and underlying fascia.

This will soon cause the skin to die, or in medical terminology, become ‘necrotic’.

As the bacteria continue to multiply, the area of necrosis will grow and grow until eventually the affected individual will have a large area of dead tissue.

Claiming Compensation for Necrotising Fasciitis

Therefore it is highly important that necrotising fasciitis is diagnosed and treated before the situation is allowed to become advanced. Doctors should be wary of a patient complaining of an extreme pain at the site of a skin wound and take a swab of the area to test for infection. A laboratory analysis should quickly identify that there is an infection, and that that necrotising fasciitis is present. Treatment in the form of antibiotics and surgical debridement should then be provided without delay.

However, if medical professionals fail to achieve a timely diagnosis, the consequences can be incredibly traumatic. Not only will a patient have to endure a prolonged period of pain and suffering, the infected area will soon become widespread. The entire area will subsequently have to be removed, leaving the person in question will a significant defect. In such cases, serious questions must be asked as to why a patient was not diagnosed and treated sooner. If this investigation finds that medical professionals simply failed to draw upon their skill and expertise to identify the problem, the standard of care will be considered negligent.

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Have You Got A Necrotising Fasciitis Claim?

If you or a loved one has suffered because of a delay in diagnosis, you need to contact a solicitor about making a necrotising fasciitis claim. If successful, you will be awarded compensation for the pain, suffering and acute financial loss you have endured.

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