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Mr. Davis is an accomplished necrotizing fasciitis attorney in Atlanta, Georgia. He has received virtually every award and honor available to Georgia trial attorneys. He is one of the foremost experts on necrotizing fasciitis law in Georgia. Published on March 16, 2017, last updated on June 28, 2019.
Necrotizing soft tissue infection is a rare but very severe type of bacterial infection that can destroy the muscles, skin and underlying tissue. Many different types of bacteria can cause this type of infection, including Streptococcus pyogenes, a severe and usually deadly form of necrotizing soft tissue infection sometimes called “flesh-eating bacteria.”
Cases in which the precipitating event is known are classified as secondary necrotizing fasciitis. Bacterial invasion may result from blunt trauma with a contusion, abrasions, penetrating injury (e.g., laceration, intravenous drug abuse, and surgical procedures), childbirth or burns, i.e., anything that causes a break in the skin.
Idiopathic necrotizing fasciitis, however, occurs in the absence of a known or identifiable etiologic factor, which may make the diagnosis more challenging. The most recent necrotizing fasciitis case handled by Davis Adams, which was resolved favorably for our client, involved idiopathic necrotizing fasciitis.
When necrotizing fasciitis sets in, the bacteria begin to grow and release harmful substances (toxins) that:
This progressive, rapidly spreading, inflammatory infection located in the deep fascia can be difficult to recognize in the early stages if the treating physician is not exercising proper diligence in evaluating the patient’s symptoms. Once the disease begins to progress, necrotizing fasciitis requires aggressive surgical treatment, often leading to amputation and sometimes death.
If you or a loved one suffered from this type of infection, we can help you file a necrotizing fasciitis lawsuit. Let Davis Adams fight for you and your family and help you get the compensation you deserve.
The symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis change depending on the stage of the infection. If you think you might be experiencing this condition, do not hesitate to seek medical help.
The biggest symptom is all of these symptoms combined. In general, you will probably feel worse than you have ever felt and not understand why.
How the skin and tissue look can help the doctor diagnose a necrotizing soft tissue infection. Often, a patient will be diagnosed in the operating room by a surgeon. Imaging tests, such as CT scans, are sometimes helpful, as are tests performed on blood, fluids or tissue from the infected area.
Powerful, broad-spectrum antibiotics must be given immediately through a vein (IV). If the IV is inserted near a wound or area of weakened skin, you may be at the additional risk of an IV infiltration. Surgery is required to open and drain infected areas and remove dead tissue.
Sometimes donor immunoglobulins (antibodies) are given by vein to help fight the infection. Skin grafts may be needed after the infection goes away. If an arm or leg infection cannot be controlled, amputation of the limb may be considered.
If the bacteria is determined to be an oxygen-avoiding organism (anaerobe), the patient may receive hyperbaric oxygen therapy. This involves placing the patient in a chamber that delivers 100% oxygen at high pressure.
A patient’s prognosis following a necrotizing fasciitis diagnosis depends on a number of factors, including:
Scarring and deformity are common with this type of disease. The death rate is high, even with aggressive treatment and powerful antibiotics. Untreated, the infection spreads and causes death.
If a loved one sought medical treatment for this infection but was not diagnosed in time, you may have a case to file a necrotizing fasciitis lawsuit. At Davis Adams, our attorneys can listen to your story and advise you of your options.
Complications from necrotizing fasciitis may include:
If you, your child or a loved one have suffered as a result of necrotizing fasciitis, our medical malpractice experts can obtain the necessary medical records and have an expert physician review the file free of charge to determine whether a doctor or other healthcare provider was negligent. If your healthcare professional did not meet the standard of care, you may have a case.
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W.B. of Cumming, GA
“I lose my leg, and nearly my life, to necrotizing fasciitis. Chad and Jess helped me put it all back together, starting with winning my case against the hospital and two doctors. Their are no better necrotizing fasciitis lawyers.”
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