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Can I Sue My Hospital for Missing Necrotising Fasciitis Symptoms?

Can I Sue My Hospital for Missing Necrotising Fasciitis Symptoms?

Necrotising fasciitis, a life-threatening infection, can affect anyone anywhere. However, patients in hospital are particularly susceptible and a failure by medical professionals to recognise the symptoms can prove disastrous.

Susceptibility to necrotising fasciitis

Necrotising fasciitis usually develops from an invasion of the body's deep, soft tissue by bacteria from outside the body.

This can occur when a wound to the skin allows the bacteria to access the inside of the body.

This can happen in a wide variety of circumstances in everyday life, in the home, in the garden, at work, at play.

However, hospital patients are also vulnerable to developing a soft-tissue infection, especially those who are undergoing a surgical procedure. It may be appropriate for the patient to be given antibiotics prior to their surgery in order to reduce the risk of infection. It is also vital that any signs or symptoms of infection following surgery are promptly and fully investigated. A necrotising fasciitis infection is very fast-moving and any delay can be catastrophic to the patient's long-term outcome.

Patients who are immobile or require an extended period of time in bed may also be susceptible to developing necrotising fasciitis through a bed sore or abscess.

If a patient is perceived to be at risk of infection but their symptoms are missed or misdiagnosed, it may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

Responding to signs and symptoms

Early symptoms of necrotising fasciitis, most probably in the limbs or the abdominal and perineal regions, include the following:

  • Intense pain in the region of a wound
  • Redness and swelling
  • Tenderness
  • There may be some skin discolouration

As the patient deteriorates, they may start to develop a fever or chills, fatigue and confusion.

Immediate attention and investigation are essential. Prompt commencement of surgery to remove infection is crucial to the patient's survival.

A delay in surgery due to misdiagnosis or missed symptoms may be regarded as negligent and the patient may be entitled to make a claim for the subsequent problems, physical and financial, which they then face.

Speak to a solicitor

Glynns Solicitors is a specialist medical negligence legal practice.

If you or a loved one are suffering the horrific, long-term effects of a necrotising fasciitis infection due to medical delays, contact us to talk to a solicitor about the suitability of making a claim for compensation.

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