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Necrotizing Fasciitis: Have I Been the Victim of Negligence?

My necrotizing fasciitis was not quickly diagnosed and treated: have I been the victim of medical negligence?

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Necrotising fasciitis is a fast-moving bacterial infection that destroys the soft tissues. It can mimic other illness in the early stages, such as the flu. This means that the patient may not seek medical attention until the infection has advanced. By that stage it can be difficult to avoid widespread debridement (where infected tissue is cut away) and life-threatening complications.

However, there are times when a patient does present to a medical setting with signs of necrotising fasciitis, yet these are overlooked by the clinician(s). A small delay in diagnosis may be acceptable as the initial symptoms can be vague, which can cause some confusion. Yet it should not be long before doctors notice how quickly a patient is deteriorating, while the visible changes to the skin should also be a significant indicator.

If there is anything more than a short delay in diagnosis, the care could be considered negligent. It will also be negligent if medical practitioners diagnose necrotising fasciitis but fail to proceed straight to emergency debridement surgery, which is the treatment needed for this particular type of infection. Without emergency surgery, the bacteria will continue to spread to a greater area of tissue, leading to widespread tissue death and blood poisoning.

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Because necrotising fasciitis is such an aggressive infection, there is only a small window of opportunity in which it can be successfully treated. The line between negligent and non-negligent is therefore very fine and it can be hard to say whether poor medical care is to blame for the patient's injuries.

A solicitor will be able to say whether the care you or your loved one received was acceptable, or whether it was substandard. If it was substandard and this caused injuries that could have been prevented, there will be grounds for a medical negligence claim. If a claim relates to a loved one who passed away, you can make a claim on behalf of their estate.

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To find out if you have been the victim of medical negligence, please get in touch with us at Glynns Solicitors. We deal with a wide range of medical negligence claims, including those relating to necrotising fasciitis.

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