Misdiagnosed Flesh-Eating Bacteria

Flesh-eating bacteria are rare, but they do exist and dramatically affect people’s lives. Medical professionals often have a difficult time correctly diagnosing flesh-eating bacteria because it’s not something they see every day.

Necrotizing fasciitis is also called flesh-eating bacteria. According to WebMD, 25% of people infected with this bacteria will die. A young Georgia woman acquired a skin-eating bacteria when she gashed her leg on a broken zip line on May 1, 2012. She didn’t know it at the time. Flesh-eating bacteria act very quickly. Often the victim will experience a small improvement in symptoms over the course of a day and then suddenly extreme pain and symptoms recur. Just two weeks after her accident, the woman in Georgia, 24-year-old Aimee Copeland, has experienced a partial amputation of one of her legs and a scheduled amputation of all her fingers. The rare infection damages skin, tissue and fat, destroying organs that it comes in contact with.

You are at a much higher risk of acquiring flesh-eating bacteria if you:
• Use steroid medications.
• Just recovered from a virus.
• Don’t have a strong immune system.
• Have healing surgical cuts.
• Have been diagnosed with cancer or diabetes.

If your doctor failed to correctly diagnose your condition and you went without treatment or received the wrong treatment that further injured you, you have rights in a medical malpractice case. NC medical malpractice attorneys at Brent Adams & Associates can come to you if you’re in a hospital or bedridden at home and unable to make it to one of our three NC personal injury law offices in Raleigh, Fayetteville and Dunn.
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