Necrotizing Fasciitis & Severe Pressure Sores Lawyers
Necrotizing fasciitis (NECK-re-tie-zing FASH-e-i-tis) is a rare bacterial infection that spreads quickly in the body and can ultimately lead to death. This is typically found on people with severe pressure sores. Since they have an open wound on their body, they are at a much higher risk for contracting the infection causing bacteria.
What is Necrotizing Fasciitis?
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), necrotizing fasciitis is a bacterial infection of the tissue under the skin that surrounds muscles, nerves, fat, and blood vessels. The bacteria most commonly get into the body through a break in the skin. Once in the body, the bacteria spread quickly and destroy the tissue they infect. Wrongly called “flesh-eating infections,” necrotizing fasciitis does not actually devour the skin and muscle cells it infects. Instead, the bacteria release extremely powerful toxins as they spread across the body, killing the cells that they come in contact with. This bacterial skin infection is rare in healthy people, but it’s possible to get this infection from even a tiny cut, so it’s important to be aware of the symptoms if you’re at risk. You should see your doctor immediately if you have symptoms or believe that you may have developed the infection. Because the condition can progress quickly, it’s vital to treat it as early as possible.
What are the symptoms?
The first symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis may not seem serious. Your skin may become warm and red, and you may feel as if you’ve pulled a muscle. You may even feel like you simply have the flu. You can also develop a painful, red bump, which is typically small, however, the red bump doesn’t stay small. The pain will become worse, and the affected area will grow quickly. There may be oozing from the infected area, or it may become discolored as it decays. Blisters, bumps, black dots, or other skin lesions might appear. In the early stages of the infection, the pain will be much worse than it looks. Other symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis include:
- Fever (with chills and sweating)
- Infrequent urination
In many cases, the infection works too quickly to save the site where the infection began. As it quickly destroys tissue, physicians primarily turn to tissue removal and amputation to fight these infections, relying on antibiotics to slow the progress of the bacteria. Without immediate help, the infection may grow severe enough to claim the life of the patient.
If you have suffered from a severe infection because you received improper medical care, you may be eligible for compensation. Don’t hesitate to contact our team today by filling out our form or calling 1-800-590-4116. We are hard-working lawyers for hard-working people.