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Compensation for Long-term Symptoms of Fournier's Gangrene

Compensation for Long-term Symptoms of Fournier's Gangrene

Fournier's gangrene, a form of necrotising fasciitis, is a medical emergency. Delays in diagnosis and treatment may lead to the death of the patient. Patients who survive are likely to suffer severe long-term symptoms.

Fournier's gangrene and on-going complications

Fournier's gangrene is a specific form of a necrotising soft-tissue infection which affects the genital and perineal area between the legs.

If treatment is delayed and the infection spreads, it can leave the patient with a variety of debilitating symptoms such as the following:

  • Pain in the perineum
  • Loss of sexual function due to tissue loss in the genitals
  • Urinary tract infections
  • The need for catheterisation
  • Bowel problems
  • The possible need for a stoma
  • Significant scarring
  • Psychological distress

Alongside the need for antibiotics and life-support, the key to halting this shocking infection is the surgical removal of all infected tissue. Unfortunately, the severity of this process will, in itself, cause further damage to the patient.

he combination of long-term physical and psychological complications associated with fournier's gangrene can impact negatively on an individual's quality of life, their personal relationships and their ability to earn a living.

Diagnosis and medical negligence

If the degree of disability and dysfunction caused by an individual's symptoms is the result of medical delays in diagnosis and treatment, it may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation. Prompt diagnosis is essential to optimising the patient's chance of a positive outcome. A delayed diagnosis or a misdiagnosis is likely to cause a poorer outcome with an increased need for surgery and a greater susceptibility to complications and permanent symptoms.

A failure to recognise the possible symptoms of necrotising fasciitis or a reluctance to refer the patient for further specialist attention may prove catastrophic. A failure to consider the patient's susceptibility to infection may lead to a delay in identifying the true underlying cause of their symptoms.

Making a compensation claim

Compensation claims for clinical negligence, and especially fournier's gangrene, are complex and require the attention of medical experts. The first step is to consult a specialist clinical negligence lawyer who can assess the merits of your claim.

Glynns Solicitors is a specialist medical negligence legal practice with expertise in a wide range of conditions and experience of supporting clients who have suffered due to necrotising fasciitis.

Contact us today if you or a loved one are struggling with the impact of this horrific infection due to poor-quality medical care.

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