If you have been discharged from hospital with necrotising fasciitis, you could be considered the innocent victim of medical negligence. Contact a solicitor to find out more.
Necrotising fasciitis hospital negligence
Necrotising fasciitis is a severe infection that requires immediate medical treatment in hospital. Despite this, there are times when a patient is discharged from hospital with necrotising fasciitis. Most commonly this will happen because:-
- Someone with necrotising fasciitis attends hospital but medical professionals fail to make an accurate diagnosis. Instead a patient is wrongly diagnosed with a more minor condition and, rather than being admitted, is discharged home.
- A hospital patient develops necrotising fasciitis during the course of their hospital stay but medical professionals fail to notice the signs of a severe infection. Often these symptoms are attributed to a patient’s existing illness/condition. Consequently a patient will be deemed fit to return home and discharged.
- A patient is correctly diagnosed with necrotising fasciitis but is told to return at a later date for treatment.
All of the above examples will amount to a substandard level of medical care. Any reasonable medical professional should be able to diagnose necrotising fasciitis in the early stages, whether a patient is already in hospital or is presenting to the A&E department.
Once diagnosed a patient should not be discharged from hospital until the infection has been successfully treated with antibiotics and debridement surgery. If more than one operation is required, a patient should remain in hospital until the infection is completely removed.
If a hospital fails to diagnose and/or treat necrotising fasciitis and this causes unnecessary injury, there will be grounds for a medical negligence compensation claim.
Claiming for necrotising fasciitis negligence
If you have been discharged from hospital with necrotising fasciitis and you believe medical negligence is at play, you need to speak to a solicitor about your experience.
A solicitor that specialises in necrotising fasciitis claims will discuss the details of your care with you before providing expert legal advice. If it is suspected that the care given to you was not of a standard expected of a reasonably competent medical professional, you will be considered the victim of medical negligence.
As the victim of medical negligence, you will be entitled to pursue a claim against the hospital in question, giving you the chance to obtain compensation for the damage incurred. For more information on claiming compensation, do not hesitate to contact us today.