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Necrotising Fasciitis UK

Necrotising Fasciitis UK

If you have developed necrotising fasciitis in the UK and it was not diagnosed and treated in a timely fashion, you could be entitled to claim compensation for the damages you have incurred. To find out more about making a necrotising fasciitis compensation claim, contact a medical negligence solicitor today.

Necrotising fasciitis in the UK

Necrotising fasciitis is a rare condition, but a number of people in the UK do develop the disease every year. It is type of bacterial infection that occurs when a certain bacteria enter the body through a wound in the skin. This might be as obvious as a large laceration, or as subtle as a tiny scratch on the finger.

When the bacteria find a way into the body, they will start to reproduce. As they do this, they release a toxin that attacks the body's tissue and underlying fascia. This causes it to break down and eventually die or in medical terms, become 'necrotic'. The bacteria multiply at a rapid rate, so the area of infection will quickly grow, resulting in more and more necrotic tissue.

Claiming for necrotising fasciitis UK

That is why it is so important for necrotising fasciitis to be diagnosed and treated quickly. If there is a delay, the area of dead tissue will be extensive. All of this will need to be surgically removed, leaving a patient with a terrible deformity. It is also possible this will lead to other complications such as organ failure, sepsis and even death.

Normally someone who has necrotising fasciitis will at first experience an intense pain at the site of infection. If they are not already in hospital, this usually prompts the individual in question to seek medical attention.

When presented with someone who is suffering extreme pain (which is typically disproportionate to the injury), doctors should immediately suspect an infection. A physical examination should be carried out to assess whether signs of infection can be seen for example, skin that is red and hot to touch.

Secondly, a blood test should be taken to analyse the level of a patient's C-Reactive Protein, which indicates whether an infection is present in the body. A swab should also be taken and sent to the laboratory for testing.

With these simple steps, doctors should quickly make an accurate diagnosis of necrotising fasciitis and provide the necessary treatment. If there is a failure to do so, resulting in a harmful delay, the standard of care will be considered unacceptable.

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If you have been the victim of substandard level of medical care, causing you to suffer necrotising fasciitis complications, get in touch with a solicitor to talk about claiming compensation for the pain you have wrongfully endured.

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