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Gangrene Injuries and Filing Claims

You may need legal help due to gangrene injuries that have resulted from negligence or medical malpractice. Gangrene injuries can lead to serious problems and even be fatal.

Gangrene is a medical term that is used in reference to the death and decay of a part or area of your body. Gangrene occurs when the blood supply is cut off from that part or area of your body. When this happens, gangrene injuries are the result.

Gangrene injuries may occur in any area or part of your body. However, the areas of your body that are most often affected are your toes, feet, hands and fingers.

There are two major kinds of gangrene. They are wet gangrene and dry gangrene. However, there are several other forms of gangrene that include gas gangrene, Fournier’s gangrene and internal gangrene.

Signs and symptoms of Gangrene

There are several different kinds of signs and symptoms that may be an indication of gangrene injuries. The signs and symptoms depend on the type of gangrene that you have. For example, if gangrene affects your skin, possible signs and symptoms are:

  • Severe pain that is followed by a feeling of numbness
  • A discharge that is foul-smelling that leaks from a sore
  • Discoloration of your skin that may be bronze, blue, black, purple, red or pale

If the kind of gangrene that you have affects the tissues that are below the surface of your skin, signs and symptoms include:

  • Having a fever
  • Malaise (General feeling of not being well)
  • Your affected tissue being painful and swollen

Gangrene and Septic Shock Symptoms

Gangrene injuries can also produce a very serious condition that is known as septic shock. Septic shock occurs as a result of a bacterial infection that starts in your tissue that has gangrene and spreads all over your body. Some of the signs and symptoms of septic shock are:

  • Lightheadedness
  • Confusion
  • Hypotension (low blood pressure)
  • Shortness of breath
  • A rapid heart rate
  • A body temperature that is lower than 96.8 F (36 C) or higher than 100.4 F (38 C)

Talk to an attorney for your Gangrene injury claims

As mentioned earlier, gangrene is caused by the blood supply being cut off from an area or part of your body. The cells of your body are unable to live without blood. Any type of underlying injury or condition, or especially a combination of the two can produce some type of gangrene.

However, gangrene injuries can also be the result of negligence or medical malpractice on the part of another party or health care professional. Gangrene injuries can be brought about by the negligence or medical malpractice of a hospital, surgeon, nursing home or other parties.

If you have suffered gangrene injuries that you believe have resulted from the negligence of another party, you may need legal help from a personal injury attorney. You may be entitled to be compensated for your injuries.

The thing that you really ought to do is to contact a personal injury attorney and let him or her evaluate your case. Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis. This means that you do not owe anything unless the personal injury attorney wins your case.