Because people with severe pressure sores literally have an open wound on their body, they are at a higher risk for contracting the infection causing bacteria that can cause necrotizing fasciitis — commonly referred to as the ‘flesh eating virus’. Rather than ‘eating’ the flesh, necrotizing fasciitis actually causes the surrounding tissue to die.
The flesh eating appearance
The early stages of necrotizing fasciitis are characterized by severe pain and swelling in the area of the infection frequently accompanied by diarrhea and vomiting without much change in appearance of the wound. However, as the bacteria develops larger areas of the may get involved leaving large patches of decaying skin.
Legal consequences for facilities that neglect patients
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers recognizes the devastation that accompanies pressure sores and their complications. Our experience litigating and settling pressure sore cases has permitted us to develop relationships with experts in the field of nursing and infectious disease in which we frequently draw upon in order to achieve superior results for our clients.Time is of the essence when it comes to pursuing cases involving decubitus ulcers
Many legitimate cases of nursing home negligence and medical malpractice never get prosecuted because staff at medical facilities incorrectly told the family that the complication was ‘inevitable’ or simply ‘normal’. In many cases complications such as infected pressure ulcers are the result of negligent care. Consequently, if your family member developed necrotizing fasciitis following the development of a bed sore, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers for a free case evaluation today and begin the process of seeking justice.