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Negligent Necrotising Fasciitis Infection

Developing a necrotising fasciitis infection can prove to be life-threatening. If such an outcome is the product of medical negligence, it may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

Necrotising fasciitis infections

A necrotising fasciitis infection can develop when one or more causative bacteria enter the deep, soft tissue of the human body. Interacting with the interior environment of the body, it can set off a life-destroying reaction of tissue decay, spreading through the body's connective tissue to the surrounding area. The patient's major organs can quickly develop problems, leading to multiple organ failure and the death of the patient.

Patients who survive are likely to have been through a traumatic experience. Unless the infection is halted, increasing areas of tissue will be destroyed, impacting of the functioning of the body. The patient is likely to require significant life-support whilst the medical staff attempt to halt the spread of infection.

Treating necrotising fasciitis

Unfortunately, the essential treatment for this appalling illness is for all affected tissue to be removed from the patient's body even if this requires the amputation of a hand or limb. At best, the patient may be left with significant scarring but they may also suffer permanent disability and psychological distress.

Their ability to remain independent can be compromised, they may suffer from bowel incontinence if the infection has affected their abdomen and their ability to work may have been restricted by the effects of the illness.

The financial strain on the patient and their loved ones in terms of accommodation costs, care costs and loss of employment can be significant.

Medical negligence

If a patient suffers the appalling impact of necrotising fasciitis due to medical negligence, it may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation. A successful claim can help to provide recompense for financial losses caused by the negligence.

Medical professionals may be negligent in their care of necrotising fasciitis in a number of ways:

  • They may fail to recognise or respond to the symptoms, allowing the patient to deteriorate before treatment can be commenced. The patient is then likely to require more extensive debridement of tissue and suffer a poor outcome
  • They may fail to prevent the patient from contracting can infection by failing to administer prophylactic antibiotics when they would generally have been regarded as necessary
  • The quality of care which a patient experiences during a hospital stay may increase their risk of suffering an infection which they would not have experienced had their care been of a higher quality

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If you or a loved one are struggling with the shocking long-term effects of a necrotising fasciitis infection due to medical failings, contact Glynns Solicitors today to discuss your situation with an experienced medical negligence solicitor.

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