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Claiming Compensation for Necrotising Fasciitis after a Caesarean Section

Claiming Compensation for Necrotising Fasciitis after a Caesarean Section

Necrotising fasciitis usually develops in a cut or surgical incision. A failure by medical professionals to consider that signs of infection in a caesarean section wound might indicate the presence of this appalling infection may be regarded as negligent.

Necrotising fasciitis infections

Necrotising fasciitis is a destructive and swift-moving infection which accesses the interior of the body through a cut to the skin. Once inside the body, the infection can spread at an alarming rate, destroying the tissue it infects. It can leave the patient with scarring, deformity and permanent disability. Without prompt medical recognition and intervention, the patient may even die.

Whatever the outcome, the patient is likely to remain in hospital and in intensive care for an extended period of time. They will probably need to undergo several surgical procedures before the infection is halted and, in the longer term, may also need further surgery to try to repair the damage caused by both the infection and the destructive nature of the treatment.

Aside from the physical symptoms and damage caused by the initial infection, the new mother is likely to find that her time with her baby is limited and her capacity to bond with and care for her newborn is restricted.

In the long-term, the woman may be disabled by her illness both physically and psychologically. Her ability to bring up her child in the way she had hoped may be compromised. Her ability to work, to travel and to carry out daily tasks may be limited by the impact of her illness.

Diagnosing necrotising fasciitis

Possible signs and symptoms of infection, especially a necrotising fasciitis infection, in a woman who has undergone a caesarean section, need to be taken very seriously. Extreme pain, redness, tenderness and swelling in the area of the caesarean cut should be closely monitored and referred for further investigation in there is any concern that it may indicate a severe infection.

In the case of necrotising fasciitis, every delay is likely to mean that treatment will be more severe and take longer to be effective. It may also mean that the woman's long-term outcome is significantly worse than had she received prompt treatment. The sooner the infection is surgically removed from the body, the better the woman's outcome is likely to be.

Claiming compensation

If you or a loved one are suffering the shocking long-term effects of necrotising fasciitis following a caesarean section, it may be appropriate to make a clam for compensation.

Contact Glynns Solicitors, experts in medical negligence compensation claims, with considerable expertise in necrotising fasciitis negligence. One of our team of specialist solicitors will be very happy to talk to you.

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