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Compensation for Poor-quality Care of Genital Necrotising Fasciitis

Compensation for Poor-quality Care of Genital Necrotising Fasciitis

Necrotising fasciitis, the infection which causes tissue decay, most frequently occurs in the limbs. However, it can also develop in the genital region where it is called fournier's gangrene or perineal N.F.

Fournier's gangrene

Recognition and diagnosis of this appalling infection needs to take place as a matter of emergency to prevent loss of sexual function, deformity, and possible loss of bowel function.

Fournier's gangrene often starts with a condition such as a pressure sore or abscess in the genital region. Without diagnosis and appropriate and prompt treatment, this can lead to necrotising fasciitis and the patient's health can deteriorate at a distressing speed.

The patient may be experiencing a range of distressing and debilitating symptoms including the following:

  • Intense pain in the region of the abscess or sore
  • A high temperature or chills
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Discolouration of the skin around the abscess or sore
  • Painful swelling and tenderness

Diagnosis and treatment

Fournier's gangrene most commonly occurs in men where it can cause shocking damage to the genitals. However, it can also occur in women and should not be ignored as a possible diagnosis or outcome of poor-quality care of an abscess.

This appalling infection spreads through the body's connective tissue at an alarming rate and can quickly cause tissue decay and death in all infected tissue, requiring severe debridement of the patient's tissue and leaving them with catastrophic problems.

Such is the severity of necrotising fasciitis that it often means that the patient has to remain in hospital and on life support for a significant period of time before their body begins to recover. During this time, during a subsequent recovery period and possibly into the future, they are likely to suffer considerable loss of income. The later their treatment starts, the more long-term disability the patient is likely to suffer.

Medical negligence

If diagnosis and treatment of fournier's gangrene is delayed, the medical professionals responsible may be regarded as having provided substandard care.

If this is the case, and the patient suffers financial losses as a result, it might be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

Legal advice

Glynns Solicitors is a specialist medical negligence legal practice. We have supported numerous clients who have suffered due to delayed diagnosis of necrotising fasciitis and one of our expert lawyers will be very happy to talk to you about your situation and the suitability of making a claim.

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