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Claiming Compensation for Negligent Necrotising Fasciitis Death

Claiming Compensation for Negligent Necrotising Fasciitis Death

Necrotising fasciitis is a life-threatening infection with a high mortality rate. It requires emergency and skilled attention if the patient is to survive. Where a patient dies from negligent medical care, it might be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

Necrotising fasciitis mortality

The virulence of necrotising fasciitis means that the infection can spread rapidly through the connective tissue of the body. As the infection spreads, it infects and destroys the deep soft tissue of the body, ultimately causing multiple organ failure and the death of the patient.

Around 30% of patients suffering from necrotising fasciitis die from the effects of the infection.

Consequently, a prompt diagnosis, a high level of suspicion, a willingness to investigate and rapid treatment are all essential to a positive outcome.

A medical emergency

Even patients who survive this shocking illness can be both physically and psychologically scarred and disabled for life. The earliest possible treatment means the best possible outcome.

A delay in recognising the possible symptoms of a necrotising infection and a reluctance to refer the patient for a second opinion or specialist advice might cause a significant deterioration in the patient's condition and their long-term outcome. It might also be regarded as substandard care and justify a claim for compensation.

Negligent necrotising fasciitis death

A delay in diagnosing a patient's necrotising fasciitis infection may mean that they do not survive. With earlier diagnosis and treatment, the patient may have lived.

A failure to provide prophylactic antibiotics prior to surgery in a patient who is at risk of developing infection might also be regarded as negligent should the patient subsequently develop an infection.

Should the patient subsequently die from their infection, it might be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

Claiming compensation

A successful compensation claim can provide recompense for the patient's pain, suffering and financial losses. Where the patient's dependants relied upon the income of or the care provided by the patient, it might be possible to make a claim for these financial losses.

Speak to a solicitor

If you have suffered the terrible loss of a loved one due to the negligence of medical professionals, you might wish to consider making a claim for compensation.

Contact Glynns Solicitors to talk to a specialist medical negligence solicitor free of charge. We will be very happy to discuss your situation with you and advise as to the best way forward.

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