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Compensation for Necrotising Fasciitis Missed in Accident and Emergency

Compensation for Necrotising Fasciitis Missed in Accident and Emergency

If a patient arrives at Accident and Emergency with the possible symptoms of necrotising fasciitis, it is essential that the underlying cause is investigated and this appalling infection is ruled out.

Suspecting necrotising fasciitis

If a patient is sent home from Accident and Emergency with a false reassurance or misdiagnosis, their condition could deteriorate rapidly. Necrotising fasciitis is a potentially lethal soft-tissue infection which causes the decay of tissue within the body, leading to the death of the patient.

Surgical treatment is required as a matter of emergency.

Medical professionals in Accident and Emergency should be able to recognise the symptoms of necrotising fasciitis

  • A possibly cut, wound or incision in the skin through which bacteria have been able to gain access to the body's deep soft tissue. This may be a range of injuries including an injection site or a cut or an abscess.
  • Intense pain which may seem disproportionate to the appearance of the wound
  • Redness, tenderness and swelling in the region of the wound
  • There may be some discolouration of the patient's skin
  • The patient may be experiencing other signs of infection such as a fever or chills

It is also significant that necrotising fasciitis often affects the limbs, the abdominal region or the perineal region between the legs and around the sexual organs, although it can affect other areas of the body.

Medical negligence and necrotising fasciitis

If the professionals on duty in Accident and Emergency have any doubts as to their diagnosis of a patient's condition where such a serious illness is concerned, they should seek further advice from a specialist.

A failure to do so may be regarded as negligent.

Necrotising fasciitis requires medical practitioners to have a high level of suspicion and be prepared to take action to investigate the patient's illness.

A delay of even one day can have a dramatic impact on the progress of the patient's health and may represent the difference between survival and death.

Speak to a specialist legal professional

Glynns Solicitors is a medical negligence legal practice. Our team of specialist solicitors has considerable experience of necrotising fasciitis claims and will be very happy to discuss your situation with you.

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