Arthritis, in any form, is incredibly debilitating. However, the effects of septic arthritis can be particularly devastating. Septic arthritis is a bacterial infection that targets the joints of the human body. The most frequently affected joints are the knees and hips, but the condition often develops in the wrist, shoulder, ankle or elbow as well. Symptoms include redness or swelling around a joint and severe pain or restricted movement in the joint itself.
Everyone is potentially vulnerable to septic arthritis, but there are several factors associated with increased risk of contracting the condition. Some examples of these risk factors are: recent joint injury or joint surgery, necessary use of prosthetic limbs, drug use and poor immune system. Patients, who already suffer from certain types or arthritis, like rheumatoid, are also especially susceptible to developing septic arthritis.
Septic arthritis occurs as the result of an infection, which means it’s caused by bacteria entering the body and multiplying. This can happen in several ways, whether bacteria travel through the bloodstream from other infected areas or enter the joint directly via an open injury. Complications during routine medical procedures such as joint surgeries or hospital investigations can also lead to infections, which may eventually develop into septic arthritis. In extreme cases, septic arthritis can cause blood poisoning, which is occasionally fatal. Thankfully, most infections are diagnosed and treated long before they progress to that stage. But, in cases of medical negligence, this is often not the case.
If you have contracted septic arthritis due to receiving negligent medical care, you may have a claim. With a wealth of specialist knowledge in medical negligence cases, we can provide advice, support and guidance throughout the process. There are no upfront fees or payments, so talk to Your Legal Friend today for more information.