Failure to Diagnose Necrotizing Fasciitis
Our client, a 27-year old man, after a workplace fall on a construction site, presented at the defendant hospital for care and treatment of his red, extremely swollen right leg.Despite the man’s concerning presentation, the treating physicians failed to perform any diagnostic testing other than the laboratory studies, and failed to get an infectious diseases or surgical consult to figure out what was going on with the man’s leg. As a result of the defendants’ failures, the man’s necrotizing fasciitis went undiagnosed and untreated for two days, allowing the condition to destroy the skin, muscle and fascia tissues on the right side of the plaintiff’s body. The man suffered a severe systemic infection, required eight debridements of all of the tissue from the top of his right shoulder to the bottom of his right foot, and required hospitalization and hyperbaric oxygen treatments at a local burn center ICU. The man was left with severe permanent scarring over more than 35% of his body.
The parties settled after suit was filed but prior to trial for a confidential amount.