The Flesh Eating Disease ‘Necrotising Fasciitis’ Caused By Motorcycle Accident

11th May 2021
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An Incidence of Necrotising Fasciitis – Personal Injury Case.

Dean Wilson LLP have recently concluded a claim which shows that even seemingly minor accidents can cause life changing injuries. The case was a unique incidence of necrotising fasciitis caused by a motorcycle accident. 

The claimant, Mr S was crossing the road when he was hit by the motorcyclist. No bone injuries were sustained with Mr S just suffering cuts and bruises. He attended Accident and Emergency and was advised just to keep the wound clean. 

Sadly, Mr S developed necrotising fasciitis, also known as the flesh eating disease. He was admitted to hospital where his leg was found to be very badly damaged because of the infection. He had to undergo a number of operations to excise the dead flesh and put on skin grafts. Despite these limb & life saving operations, he was left with significant mobility and cosmetic deficit in one leg due to the amount of tissue that had been lost. He was unlikely to return to his pre-accident employment as a cleaner. 

Ben Davey of Dean Wilson LLP took on Mr S’ personal injury case just after he left hospital. The insurer for the motorcyclist denied liability stating that Mr S had walked into the motorcyclist’s path without warning and that there was nothing that the motorcyclist could have done to avoid the accident. Despite this Ben was able to convince them to pay for extensive private rehabilitation including physio 4 times per a week, psychotherapy, and occupational therapy input. 

With this rehabilitation, Mr S was able to make a much better recovery from his injuries and necrotising fasciitis than he otherwise would have done. The claim settled on positive terms in May 2021 despite liability never being admitted.

Dean Wilson LLP acted under a no win no fee style agreement.

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