• Christopher Le

Necrotizing Fasciitis and Receiving Social Security Disability

Necrotizing fasciitis is an infection of the deeper layers of your skin and tissues. It spreads across the fascial plane (connective tissue) inside your subcutaneous tissue. Necrotizing fasciitis has been known to destroy your skin, fat and the tissue that covers your muscles. It’s also commonly referred to as a flesh-eating disease. If this disease develops on your genitals ita called Fournier’s gangrene. Necrotizing fasciitis is extremely rare but a serious disease that can spread to various parts of your body. Unfortunately about 1 of 4 people who get this disease die from it. Majority of people who get this disease are in good health right before they get this disease. Necrotizing fasciitis is caused by one or more multiplying bacterial species that are aggressive. This disease usually develops in people who have a severe injury or an underlying condition. The signs and symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis begin suddenly and without warning. These signs and symptoms include:

  • Skin that is swollen, red and hot to the touch

  • Pain from an injury that improves for the first 24-36 hours but then suddenly gets worse

  • Pain that may be much greater than what you would expect

  • Diarrhea

  • Chills and fever

  • Vomiting and nausea

  • Shock

  • Organ failure.


You or a loved one may have survived necrotizing fasciitis. However, complications that have resulted from necrotizing fasciitis may have brought about your disability and being unable to work. You may have decided to apply for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of complications that have resulted from necrotizing fasciitis and/or an underlying condition along with this disease. People who are represented by a disability attorney are approved more often than people who do not have a disability lawyer in their corner. Feel free to call us for a free consultation.

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