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Can I Get Compensation for a Late Diagnosis of Necrotising Fasciitis?

If an unnecessary delay in diagnosing necrotising fasciitis causes the patient to suffer a poor long-term outcome, it may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation against the relevant medical professionals.

The impact of necrotising fasciitis

A delay in diagnosing necrotising fasciitis can result in the death of the patient. This fast-acting infection can spread through the body, threatening multiple organ failure within days.

A patient who survives this horrific infection is, nonetheless, likely to suffer on-going and debilitating effects including the following:

  • Extensive scarring
  • Physical deformity due to extensive debridement, or surgical removal of infected tissue
  • Amputation of a digit, a foot, hand or limb
  • Loss of bowel function and the need for a colostomy if the bowel has been affected. Necrotising fasciitis tends to affect the extremities or abdomen so this is a distinct possibility
  • Damage to the genitalia if the patient has suffered from fournier's gangrene, a variant of necrotising fasciitis

In the long-term, the impact is likely to be substantially detrimental to the patient's everyday life. It may be difficult or impossible to return to work, meaning that the patient's income and financial stability is reduced. The patient may struggle with long-term independence if their physical integrity has been damaged by the need for an amputation. They may need to undergo considerable physiotherapy as well as further surgery to try to restore function.

In addition to the physical effects listed above, the experience of the trauma of a necrotising infection and the accompanying surgery can produce a significant and long-lasting psychological impact on the patient.

The impact of a necrotising fasciitis infection can, if diagnosis is delayed, be utterly life-changing. Any delay can allow the further development of the infection and increase the chances of mortality or, at the very least, increase the severity of the patient's long-term symptoms.


Necrotising fasciitis is fairly rare so diagnosis requires a high level of suspicion and willingness to act on that suspicion.

If a patient attends their medical professional with symptoms of intense pain, swelling and redness in the area of a cut or wound, the possibility that they are developing necrotising fasciitis should be considered.

The context of the patient can also contribute to an accurate diagnosis as a patient with a wound or who has recently undergone a surgical procedure is at risk of developing necrotising fasciitis.

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If you or a loved one are suffering the terrible long-term effects due to a delay in diagnosing necrotising fasciitis, give us a ring today.

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