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Skin Infection

Skin infections are more common than many might think, ranging from mild irritations to severe, life-threatening conditions. At Berwick Solicitors, we understand the gravity of skin infections caused or worsened by medical negligence. With decades of experience in handling medical negligence claims, our team is dedicated to supporting individuals affected by misdiagnosed or improperly treated skin infections.

Understanding Skin Infections

Causes of Skin Infections

Skin infections can arise from various pathogens:

  • Bacteria: Conditions like cellulitis, impetigo and staph infections are often bacterial in origin.
  • Viruses: Shingles, warts and herpes simplex are caused by viral infections.
  • Fungi: Athlete’s foot and yeast infections result from fungal growth.
  • Parasites: Scabies and lice infestations are due to parasitic invasion.

Common Types of Skin Infections

Among the myriad of skin infections, six stand out for their prevalence and potential severity:

  1. Impetigo
  2. Cellulitis and Erysipelas
  3. Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome
  4. Folliculitis
  5. Erysipeloid
  6. Pitted Keratolysis
  7. Erythrasma
  8. Trichomycosis

The Serious Nature of Skin Infections

How Serious Can Skin Infections Be?

While many bacterial skin infections are manageable with timely and appropriate treatment, some can escalate, becoming severe and even life-threatening. Infections like necrotising fasciitis demand immediate medical attention due to their rapid progression and potential for causing widespread tissue damage.

Describing an Infected Skin

Infected skin can present as red, swollen and painful, often with warmth in the affected area. Cellulitis and skin abscesses are typical examples, characterised by their distinct appearance and discomfort.

Addressing the Most Serious Skin Infections

Necrotising Fasciitis

Necrotising fasciitis stands as the most serious skin infection, starting typically as cellulitis before advancing rapidly. Identifying and treating this condition promptly is crucial to prevent devastating outcomes.

Sepsis and Skin Infections

Sepsis, a critical condition that can arise from skin infections, manifests through symptoms like discoloured skin, a rash that doesn’t fade under pressure and severe breathing difficulties. Immediate treatment is essential to prevent the progression to septic shock.

Legal Aspects of Skin Infection Claims

Challenges in Diagnosing Skin Infections

The rapid evolution and sometimes subtle initial signs of severe skin infections like necrotising fasciitis make timely diagnosis crucial. A delay or misdiagnosis can lead to severe, irreversible harm, forming the basis for a medical negligence claim.

Proving Medical Negligence in Skin Infection Cases

To establish negligence an expert medical report is necessary, indicating that the healthcare provider failed to meet the required standard of care, directly resulting in patient harm.

Berwick Solicitors Helping Victims of Skin Infection Negligence

Berwick Solicitors is renowned for its comprehensive legal expertise and empathetic approach to medical negligence cases, including those involving severe skin infections. We guide our clients through each step of the claims process, ensuring they receive the representation and support they deserve.

Seeking Compensation for Skin Infection Negligence

Victims of medical negligence related to skin infections may be entitled to compensation for their suffering, medical expenses and any long-term care needs. Our dedicated solicitors work tirelessly to secure the best possible outcome for our clients, advocating for their rights and well-being.

Contact Berwick Solicitors for Skin Infection Claims

If you or a loved one has suffered from a skin infection exacerbated by medical negligence, Berwick Solicitors is here to help. Our skilled team possesses the knowledge and experience to navigate the complexities of medical negligence claims, striving to ensure justice is served.

Contact Berwick Solicitors today for a consultation and let us provide the legal advice and support you need during this challenging time.

Medical Negligence Solicitors

For expert guidance and comprehensive support on handling medical negligence claims in Ireland, refer to our medical negligence solicitors page. Our dedicated team, with extensive experience across a wide range of medical negligence cases, is committed to delivering the justice and compensation you are entitled to. We provide detailed information and resources to assist you through this challenging process, ensuring you have the representation you need.


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