Failure to Diagnose Meningitis Lawyer
Meningitis can be a deadly disease, especially if it is not diagnosed and treated quickly. This disease causes an infection in the membranes that protect the brain and spinal cord. It can cause serious brain injury and death if not detected and treated in the early stages. It is the responsibility of doctors to understand the risks and signs of deadly diseases like meningitis. When diagnosis on a clear case of meningitis is missed or delayed, the resulting injuries or death could be the liability of the physician for failure to diagnose medical malpractice.
Both bacteria and viruses can cause meningitis, but bacterial meningitis is much more severe and life-threatening and can be contagious. Often a patient in a hospital can contract bacterial meningitis from exposure to other patients or poor sanitization procedures. Bacterial meningitis can enter the bloodstream through the ears, sinuses or throat, especially if an infection is already present. Children, pregnant women and elderly persons are especially susceptible to this disease, and physicians should be aware of the higher risk factor and monitor for symptoms of bacterial meningitis.
Early Symptoms of Bacterial Meningitis
While many people recover from viral meningitis without injury, bacterial meningitis is much more dangerous. Brain injury and permanent disabilities can occur as well as death. The early signs and symptoms of someone with bacterial meningitis include:
- Loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting
- Sensitivity to bright light
While these symptoms can be signs of other illnesses, it is the duty of a physician to explore the different possibilities. There is testing available to diagnose the condition that can ensure patients get quick treatment to reduce the chance of serious health impacts from the infection.
If you or your child had meningitis that was not diagnosed by a physician, leading to further injury or death, you may be eligible to receive compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit. Contact Moriarty Injury Lawyer to discuss your case. Free consultations are always available.