Failure to Diagnose Bacterial Meningitis

Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Meningitis is an inflammation in the lining of your brain, caused by a bacterial or viral infection of your spinal fluid. The infection actually starts somewhere else, such as the throat and sinuses, and then spreads through your bloodstream to the spinal fluid and the lining of the brain called the meninges. Each year in the United States, there are more than 10,000 cases of meningitis, of which two-thirds are children. Since children’s immune systems are fragile and still developing, a disease like meningitis can quickly become fatal for these young victims.

Elite Injury Attorneys NetworkBacterial meningitis is the more severe type of meningitis. The bacterial form develops extremely quickly and can cause brain damage, deafness, paralysis and death if not identified and treated promptly. Some patients have died within 24 hours of first noticing the symptoms. Therefore, it is crucial that your Oregon doctor makes an accurate diagnosis of bacterial meningitis.

If you or your child has suffered because of a delayed or incorrect bacterial meningitis diagnosis, you may have a medical malpractice claim. Talk to an attorney with Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC.  He can attempt to find you an Oregon medical malpractice lawyer in your area at no additional cost.

Importance of Prompt Treatment

One reason that bacterial meningitis is often misdiagnosed is because its symptoms are similar to that of the flu. Bacterial meningitis symptoms surface quickly, so if you are experiencing the following, it is important that you see your Oregon physician immediately:

  • Severe and persistent headache
  • A stiff or painful neck (especially when trying to touch your chin to your chest)
  • Fever
  • Sensitivity to bright lights
  • Vomiting
  • Skin rash
  • Confusion and decreased level of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Sluggishness, muscle aches and weakness
  • Unusual sensations (such as tingling) or weakness throughout the body
  • Dizzy spells

Early diagnosis and prompt treatment are critical in preventing permanent disability and death. Once symptoms of bacterial meningitis surface, your doctor should:

  • Review your medical history
  • Perform a physical exam to check for signs of infection around the head, ears, throat and the skin around your spine
  • Order a spinal tap to confirm or rule out the illness

Other diagnostic tests include a throat culture to check for meningitis-bacteria, and x-rays of the chest, skull or sinuses.

If you have received a delayed bacterial meningitis diagnosis and you live in Oregon, please complete our online form, as your case may be medical malpractice. The Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC will review your case and if it appears valid, we will attempt to pair you with a respected Oregon medical malpractice lawyer to help you recover the money you deserve.