Failure to Diagnose Meningitis Attorney
Serving Clients throughout Maryland, DC, Pennsylvania and Georgia
What would you do if you woke up extremely sick one day with a massive headache and a fever? Would you just go back to bed after the doctor told you that it’s just a virus? If your healthcare provider failed to diagnose meningitis, you need the help of an experienced and compassionate Philadelphia Failure to Diagnose Meningitis attorney.
Failure to Diagnose Meningitis
When meningitis isn’t diagnosed, it can cause permanent complications. Being diagnosed with meningitis and knowing what caused it is the only way to ensure that it is properly treated. Different types of meningitis have different treatments.
Failure to diagnose meningitis can cause death, seizures, paralysis, loss of hearing, and even permanent brain damage. Meningitis can be cured if it is appropriately diagnosed and treated. However, if you or someone you love suffered permanent injury because of a medical professional’s failure to diagnose meningitis, call LawMD for a free consultation with a Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyer to help you determine if you have a claim.
For pregnant women, get tested for Group B strep in your third trimester even if you’ve previously been tested. This is one of the best ways to prevent meningitis or other birth injuries in your baby. If you have GBS, your doctor should treat you with the right antibiotics during labor to reduce the risk of injury to your baby.
Symptoms of Meningitis
Both viral and bacterial meningitis behave very similarly to the flu. This is why it is so important for medical professionals to properly test for it and rule it out. Otherwise, death, kidney disease, and other permanent injuries can occur. Symptoms of meningitis include:
- Excruciating headache;
- Blurry vision;
- Stiff neck; and
- Light sensitivity
To know whether or not someone has meningitis, a spinal tap should be performed. At LawMD, our Philadelphia medical malpractice attorney team also has access to medical doctors on staff to help review your medical records.
Special Risks to Newborns
Newborns can suffer from both viral or bacterial meningitis. One of the most common ways that newborns develop meningitis is when they are exposed to Group B strep. When Group B strep isn’t diagnosed in the mother, it can be transmitted to the baby during delivery. This is why pregnant women should be tested for Group B strep during their third trimester even if they’ve previously been tested.
Medical Malpractice and GBS
Group B strep (GBS) should be diagnosed early, and newborns should be treated directly after they are born. Failure to administer the proper antibiotics during labor can cause devastating and lifelong effects on the baby.
If your child developed meningitis, you may have a medical malpractice claim. Contact LawMD at (888)-695-2963 and make an appointment with a medical malpractice attorney serving Philadelphia to find out how you can be compensated for your child’s needs. You and your baby have legal rights, and The LawMD can help protect those rights.
We have medical professionals on our staff that can help evaluate your possible medical malpractice claim. Meningitis is very serious and can cause lifelong problems for adults and babies. If you or someone you love was not properly diagnosed, let us help improve the quality of life.