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Making a Claim for Negligent Medical Care of Necrotising Fasciitis

Making a Claim for Negligent Medical Care of Necrotising Fasciitis

Substandard medical care of necrotising fasciitis can prove catastrophic for the patient and their family. It may also justify a claim for compensation.

The possible impact of necrotising fasciitis

Necrotising fasciitis is associated with a high mortality rate. Those patients who survive can suffer severe deformity and disability if treatment in the form of surgery is late in being carried out.

Often developing in either the limbs or the abdomen, necrotising fasciitis can, at best, leave a patient with significant scarring, but, at worst, can compromise their mobility, bowel function and long-term health and independence. As this devastating infection causes the destruction of all the tissue it infects, the treatment can even demand the amputation of a limb and the associated consequences.

Diagnosis at the earliest possible moment is crucial.

What constitutes negligent medical care?

In light of the severity of the possible impact of necrotising fasciitis, every precaution should be taken by medical professionals to ensure the best outcome for the patient.

  • Failure to prevent infection whilst in hospital, may be regarded as substandard care and may justify a claim for compensation
  • Failure to recognise symptoms or suspect that a patient may be developing necrotising fasciitis may cause a life-changing delay in treatment
  • Failure to make a referral for further investigation may delay a diagnosis and the initiation of expert medical care
  • A delay in initiating treatment is likely to mean that the patient needs to undergo more extensive debridement and suffer a worse long-term outcome.

Why make a claim for compensation?

If a patient or their family suffer significant financial losses as a result of negligent medical care of necrotising fasciitis, it may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

A successful compensation claim should take account of any financial losses experienced by the patient. If, for example, the patient is restricted in their capacity to work as a result of the negligence and therefore suffers a reduction in income, this should be addressed in their claim. The same would be true of any costs of care needed by the client as a result of the negligent medical care.

Speak to a legal expert

If you or a loved one are struggling with the impact of negligent medical care of necrotising fasciitis, contact Glynns Solicitors to discuss the suitability of making a claim for compensation.

We are a specialist medical negligence legal practice and one of our team of experienced solicitors will be very happy to help you.

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