Failure to Diagnose Meningitis

Kentucky Medical Malpractice Lawyers

A severe and potentially fatal form of hospital negligence is a medical provider’s failure to diagnose bacterial meningitis. Meningitis is an infection and inflammation of the membranes that surround your spinal cord and brain. Bacterial meningitis is the more severe form of the disease, with a majority of cases affecting children under age 5.

Elite Injury Attorneys NetworkThe failure to provide patients with a timely bacterial meningitis diagnosis can result in:

  • Brain damage
  • Deafness
  • Seizure disorders
  • Death

If you or someone you love has developed bacterial meningitis that was misdiagnosed or your diagnosis was delayed and your health deteriorated, you may have a medical malpractice claim. Consult with an attorney of the Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC. Your case will be reviewed and if it appears to have merit, the Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC will attempt to find you a Kentucky medical malpractice attorney in your area, for no additional fee.

Symptoms of Bacterial Meningitis

Kentucky doctors are trained to diagnose conditions based on symptoms, medical history and a variety of other factors. The symptoms associated with bacterial meningitis are similar to that of the flu, and include:

  • Fever
  • Sleepiness and lethargy
  • Confusion
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Bruises under the skin

A spinal tap is required to accurately diagnose bacterial meningitis. However, because the symptoms are so similar to the flu, your Kentucky physician may not order this diagnostic test. If you are discharged with an incorrect diagnosis and you leave the hospital with bacterial meningitis, your condition will deteriorate quickly.

Bacterial Meningitis Treatment

Treatment involves intravenous antibiotics to kill the specific bacteria responsible for the meningitis. Cortico-steroids may also be prescribed to reduce the chance of hearing loss. If these drugs are not administered, patients can face severe consequences.

If you or your child suffered because of a Kentucky medical provider’s failure to diagnose bacterial meningitis, please complete our online form and the Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC will attempt to find you a Kentucky medical malpractice lawyer to meet your needs and help you recover the money you and your family are entitled to.