Meningitis Malpractice Lawyer
Few illnesses are as frightening as bacterial meningitis, simply due to the fact that it can kill so quickly. Meningitis is an infection or inflammation of the meninges, or outer lining of the brain. This inflammation can be caused by viruses, bacteria or funguses. Viral meningitis is usually mild and goes away on its own; fungal meningitis is rare. Bacterial meningitis is the most dangerous, but can be effectively treated when diagnosed quickly. When physicians fail to diagnose meningitis in patients with symptoms, this medical error can lead to brain damage or death that is preventable.
Causes of Bacterial Meningitis
Bacteria can infect the brain or meninges through the bloodstream or direct access. Certain types of bacterial infections in the body are known to have a risk of meningitis. These include bacteria that can cause pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections and other upper respiratory infections. Even certain flu bacteria or listeria found in uncured meats can cause bacterial meningitis. Infection can travel through the bloodstream to the brain, or be exposed directly through the sinuses, ears or a skull fracture.
Diagnosing and Treating Meningitis
Bacterial meningitis begins showing symptoms quickly. The person is likely to have a fever, severe headache, vomiting, confusion and neck pain. Doctors are well aware of the symptoms and should always consider meningitis a possibility when they are treating a patient with any signs of the illness. Treatment with antibiotics is effective and can stop severe damage to the brain even in serious cases of meningitis. But if it is not diagnosed or treated quickly, the patient may become comatose, experience permanent brain damage or die within days of the infection.
Misdiagnosing and failing to treat meningitis is a serious medical error that can have traumatic consequences for a patient and their family. If you have lost a loved one due to misdiagnosis or treatment of meningitis, or suffered damage caused by meningitis that went undiagnosed, contact Race Law Firm today. We can help you explore your legal options to seek compensation for your loss or injuries.