Failure to Diagnose Bacterial Meningitis

New York Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Bacterial meningitis is a dangerous and life-threatening infection of the meninges, the tough layer of tissue surrounding your spinal cord and brain. If left untreated, meningitis can lead to brain swelling and cause permanent disability, coma, and even death. Bacterial meningitis attacks the central nervous system and progresses very rapidly. This disease requires prompt treatment with intravenous antibiotics to help patients recover and reduce the risk complications. If bacterial meningitis is not detected early enough, it can result in brain damage, coma, and death.

Elite Injury Attorneys NetworkIf your health or the health of your child or other family member has been compromised because of a delayed bacterial meningitis diagnosis, talk to Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC.  A lawyer with experience representing victims of bacterial meningitis will attempt to match you with a New York medical malpractice lawyer who is suited to handle your particular case, at no additional cost.

About Bacterial Meningitis

There are two primary forms of meningitis: bacterial and viral. Bacterial meningitis is the most common form, affecting 3,000 to 5,000 people in the United States annually. Even with treatment, the disease is fatal about 20 percent of the time. Without the proper medication, bacterial meningitis can progress within 24 hours or less, and cause severe damage, such as:

  • Hearing loss
  • Mental difficulties
  • Seizures
  • Paralysis
  • Brain damage
  • Death

Bacterial meningitis may be misdiagnosed because its symptoms are similar to the flu. They include a headache, high fever, nausea, confusion and fatigue. If a patient is experiencing these symptoms, the doctor should order a spinal tap to confirm or rule out bacterial meningitis.

High Risk Groups

Children between the ages of one month and 2 years old are the most vulnerable to bacterial meningitis. This disease is particularly risky on college campuses, where students live in close quarters, share bathrooms and utensils. Adults are also at risk, especially those who:

  • Have chronic nose and ear infections
  • Have had a widespread blood infection
  • Abuse alcohol
  • Have suffered head injury
  • Get pneumococcal pneumonia
  • Have weakened immune systems
  • Have had their spleen removed
  • Are taking corticosteroids (to treat lupus, arthritis, kidney failure, etc.)
  • Have had brain or spinal surgery

If you have suffered an injury due to a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, please complete the online form so that the Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC can review your case. If it seems credible, we will work to find you an experienced New York medical malpractice lawyer to help you recover damages.