Meningitis can be caused by bacteria or a virus. Bacterial meningitis tends to be more severe. The disease consists of an inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain or spinal cord. Infants and toddlers under age 2 are at the greatest risk of meningitis.
Correct diagnosis is a very critical job of doctors who evaluate young children with potential meningitis symptoms. Symptoms can include vomiting, headaches, fevers, lethargy and seizures. Delayed diagnosis of infant meningitis or of meningitis in an older child or adult can amount to medical malpractice.
If meningitis is not diagnosed and treated promptly, the result can be permanent brain damage, neurological complications or death. However, early, appropriate treatment of meningitis can bring about favorable outcomes, including complete recovery.
In a crowded emergency room, prioritizing critical cases such as bacterial meningitis in infants often falls to staff who do admissions and triage. Unnecessary delays at this level may lead to a hospital negligence case.
Based in Eagan, MN, Bennerotte & Associates, P.A., has extensive experience handling medical malpractice and hospital negligence cases in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, in Rochester and statewide. We have achieved manyfavorable outcomes for clients through diligent application of our knowledge and experience. See some of our client testimonials to get an idea of how we can help you through a claim related to injuries caused by misdiagnosis or delayed treatment of meningitis by clicking here.
We welcome the opportunity to advise you on how to proceed with a medical malpractice or hospital malpractice case after a delayed meningitis diagnosis resulted in serious harm to you or your child. Contact us at 651-JUSTICE (651-587-8423) to schedule an initial consultation with a lawyer.
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3085 Justice Way, Suite 200
Eagan, MN, 55121
3085 Justice Way #200, Eagan, MN 55121