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? This is, in fact, what happens in many instances of meningitis misdiagnosis.
If your health care provider failed to diagnose meningitis and you suffered serious harm as a result, you need the help of an experienced and compassionate Washington, D.C. misdiagnosis attorney. You may be entitled to financial compensation.
Contact US online or by phone at (888) 695-2963. We offer free initial consultations and serve clients throughout the United States.
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, as 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 medical malpractice lawyer to help you determine if you have a claim.
If you are pregnant, make sure you are tested for Group B Strep (GBS) 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. Without proper treatment, meningitis can lead to kidney disease, permanent injuries, and even death.
Symptoms of meningitis include:
- Excruciating headache
- Blurry vision
- Stiff neck
- Light sensitivity
Typically, doctors will perform a spinal tap to determine whether or not a patient has meningitis.
Special Risks to Newborns
Newborns can suffer from both viral and bacterial meningitis. One of the most common ways that newborns develop meningitis is when they are exposed to Group B Strep. When GBS isn’t diagnosed in the mother, it can be transmitted to the baby during delivery. This is why pregnant women should be tested for GBS during their third trimester even if they’ve previously been tested.
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.
Our Firm Can Help You & Your Family
If your child developed meningitis, you may have a medical malpractice claim. Contact LawMD and make an appointment with a Washington, D.C. meningitis misdiagnosis attorney to find out how you can be compensated for your child’s needs. You and your baby have legal rights, and LawMD can help protect those rights.
We have medical professionals on our staff that can help evaluate your claim. Meningitis is very serious and can cause lifelong problems for adults and babies. If you or someone you love was not properly diagnosed, we can help fight for fair compensation to improve your or your loved one’s quality of life.
Call our office at (888) 695-2963 to schedule a complimentary consultation today.