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Can I Claim For Necrotising Fasciitis?

Can I Claim For Necrotising Fasciitis?

If you, or your loved one, has suffered complications because necrotising fasciitis was not diagnosed and treated in a reasonable manner, there will be grounds for a medical negligence claim.

Diagnosing and treating necrotising fasciitis

Necrotising fasciitis is a serious bacterial infection that causes the body's soft tissue to break down and die. The dead tissue must be surgically removed, so if a large area has become necrotic, a patient will be left with a gaping defect. The infection may also spread to the bloodstream, leading to septic shock, organ failure and, in the most severe cases, death.

Therefore it is vital that necrotising fasciitis is diagnosed and treated appropriately by medical practitioners, or the consequences could be fatal. Although it is a rare condition, it should not be beyond the reach of medical professionals to diagnose and treat the condition in a timely fashion.

Indeed, the symptoms associated with necrotising fasciitis are characteristic of a severe bacterial infection. These should prompt doctors to carry out further tests, and these will reveal the presence of necrotising fasciitis. Once diagnosed, medical professionals should appreciate the urgency with which treatment must be given.

Necrotising fasciitis and medical negligence

If medical practitioners fail to provide an acceptable standard of care, and this causes a patient to suffer necrotising fasciitis complications, there will be grounds for a medical negligence claim. What is considered 'acceptable' is judged according to a 'reasonable body of medical men'.

For example, if doctors in A&E fail to diagnose necrotising fasciitis, a body of doctors who specialise in emergency medicine will be asked to suggest whether the care provided was acceptable. If the care provided adhered to an acceptable standard of practice, there will not have been a breach of duty. If the care provided fell below and acceptable standard of practice, there will be a breach of duty.

If a breach of duty causes a patient to suffer wrongful injury, there will be a case of medical negligence.

How do I know if I can claim compensation?

To find out if you have been the victim of medical negligence, you simply need to speak to a solicitor about your case. After a short discussion about the care provided and the injuries sustained, a solicitor will be able to suggest whether or not you can claim compensation for necrotising fasciitis.

To speak to a specialist necrotising fasciitis solicitor, please get in touch with us today.

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