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Delayed Necrotising Fasciitis Surgery Compensation

Delayed Necrotising Fasciitis Surgery Compensation

Necrotising fasciitis is associated with a high mortality risk which can be increased if diagnosis and surgery are delayed. If you or a loved one are struggling with the impact of necrotising fasciitis due to medical delays, it may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

A successful claim for medical negligence can take into account the financial losses caused by the negligence. This may include loss of income due to inability to work or due to the death of a loved one. It may also include the cost of care where this has become necessary due to the impact of this appalling condition.

Delays in diagnosis and surgical debridement

A delay in diagnosis and surgery for necrotising fasciitis can often occur simply because the infection is rare and, therefore, unfamiliar to many medical professionals. Consequently, it can be misdiagnosed as a less threatening condition, meaning that the patient is not referred for immediate specialist attention.

Unfortunately, every hour that is wasted in the diagnosis and treatment of this shocking illness can mean the need for traumatic surgery, possible permanent disability and possible death of the patient.

A prompt diagnosis requires not only a familiarity with the possible symptoms of necrotising fasciitis but a willingness to suspect this diagnosis and refer the patient for further emergency investigation in order to rule out necrotising fasciitis as a diagnosis.

Where necrotising fasciitis is suspected, the commencement of surgery to remove all signs of infection in the body's tissue needs to occur within the shortest possible timeframe. Any delays may be regarded as substandard medical care. This may not only have a terrible impact on the patient but my also justify a claim for compensation.

If earlier diagnosis and surgery are likely to have ensured that the patient suffered less trauma and fewer on-going physical and emotional difficulties, the patient may be able to claim compensation for the effects of the delay.

Patients with signs of infection such as a fever or chills and lethargy alongside swelling, tenderness and discolouration of the skin may warrant specialist attention. A failure to ensure this happens may be regarded as negligent.

Speak to a solicitor

If you or a loved one have been the victim of delays in the diagnosis and treatment of necrotising fasciitis, contact Glynns Solicitors to discuss the suitability of making a claim for compensation.

We are specialists in medical negligence compensation with extensive expertise in necrotising fasciitis claims. Contact us today to talk to an experienced solicitor.

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