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Compensation for Necrotising Fasciitis in Hysterectomy Wound

Compensation for Necrotising Fasciitis in Hysterectomy Wound

Although rare, a hysterectomy operation occasionally allows bacteria responsible for necrotising fasciitis to reach the patient's deep soft tissue, triggering this appalling infection. A failure by medical professionals to allow for such a possibility may lead to a claim for compensation.

Managing the risk of necrotising fasciitis

Women who might be considered at risk of severe infection may need prophylactic antibiotics prior to undergoing a hysterectomy procedure and a failure by medical professionals to consider this may be regarded as negligent.

Patients who might be regarded as being at risk of succumbing to infection could include those who already have diabetes or who are significantly overweight. Patients with a weak immune system are also vulnerable.

Necrotising fasciitis often occurs in the abdominal region and a woman who has undergone an abdominal procedure of some sort, such as a hysterectomy, requires close monitoring following her operation. Any signs of infection in the wound, such as pain, swelling and redness, should prompt careful investigation.

The horrific effects of a necrotising fasciitis infection

A necrotising fasciitis infection causes destruction of the tissue, spreading rapidly through the body. It can also trigger sepsis, leading to multiple organ failure and the death of the patient.

Every possible precaution should be taken to avoid allowing a patient to develop this horrific illness and to spot it when it does occur.

Time is of the essence and a delay can prove fatal.

The day-to-day impact of a necrotising fasciitis infection can be devastating. The patient may find that they are no longer able to work, that their independence is restricted and that their confidence has been dramatically undermined.

Making a compensation claim

A successful compensation claim can provide a number of essential outcomes:

  • Recognition of the mistakes made and a sense that justice has been done
  • Compensation for the patient's pain and suffering
  • Compensation for the financial losses, both past and future, caused by the failings of the medical professionals

If a patient develops necrotising fasciitis following a hysterectomy because her medical professionals have failed to protect her adequately or recognised the signs of infection, there may be a basis for a compensation claim.

Speak to a solicitor

If you or a loved one are suffering significant symptoms and difficulties due to necrotising fasciitis following a medical failure, contact Glynns today. One of our team of specialist medical negligence solicitors will be very happy to discuss your situation with you.

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