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Compensation For Necrotising Fasciitis

Necrotising fasciitis is a bacterial infection often known as the flesh eating disease. It must be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible; otherwise the infection will rapidly spread, leaving the patient with an extensive area of dead tissue.

Injuries From Necrotising Fasciitis

Necrotising fasciitis (necrotizing fasciitis) occurs when a certain type of bacteria enter the body through a break in the skin. This might be through a surgical wound, or even just a tiny scratch on the surface of the skin.

When the bacteria get in to the body, they begin to reproduce at an alarmingly rapid rate. As they reproduce, they release a poisonous toxin. This attacks the body's flesh and soft tissue, causing it to become necrotic. In other words, the bacteria eat away at the flesh, leaving the individual in question with dead tissue.

Because the bacteria are so fast to reproduce, the infection will spread very quickly. This will continue until treatment is provided. However, the infection cannot be quashed with medication alone. The only way to effectively treat necrotising fasciitis is to remove any tissue that has become necrotic..

Can I Make A Claim For Necrotising Fasciitis?

That is why it is so important for necrotising fasciitis to be diagnosed and treated without delay. As long it is spotted and an effective course of treatment provided (which will usually involve intravenous antibiotics and surgical debridement), the infection can be contained.

But if medical professionals fail to accurately identify necrotising fasciitis, the window of opportunity in which to limit the infection will be missed. Consequently the bacteria will spread, the area of necrotic tissue will grow and a patient will become extremely unwell. When an accurate diagnosis is eventually made, it is probable that a large area of skin will have already become infection, all of which will need to be surgically debrided. This will leave the patient in question with a significant defect.

If this has happened to you or your loved one, you must talk a medical negligence solicitor about the care you received. This is because if doctors did not diagnose and treat you in a timely fashion, they will be to blame for your injuries. A solicitor who specialises in this area of the law will be able to listen to the details of your case before suggesting whether the care you received was reasonable.

If you are advised that the level of care was unacceptable, you will be entitled to pursue a claim against the doctor or organisation responsible. This will allow you to obtain the compensation you deserve.

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