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Failure to Diagnose Bacterial Meningitis

Failure to diagnose bacterial meningitis may be considered medical malpractice. This is the most common claim against pediatricians and emergency room doctors in bacterial meningitis cases. It can lead to large settlements and verdicts.

Delaying treatment of bacterial meningitis is usually the result of a physician failing to diagnose the disease. This claim is often included in bacterial meningitis lawsuits along with the claim of failure to diagnose bacterial meningitis.

Early diagnosis and treatment are critical in cases involving bacterial meningitis. Once symptoms of bacterial meningitis arise, the doctor should consider the patient’s medical history, perform a physical exam to check for signs of infection around the head, ears, throat and the skin along the spine.

Diagnostic tests may include a throat culture to check for the bacteria that cause meningitis, and X-rays or a CT scan of the chest, skull or sinuses. A spinal tap should be performed and the fluid should be analyzed for signs of meningitis. The fluid also should be cultured and analyzed for the presence of meningitis causing bacteria.

Bacterial meningitis attacks the central nervous system and can progress quickly. Within hours of the onset of symptoms, bacterial meningitis can lead to shock and death.

If your child is a victim of bacterial meningitis and you suspect that your physician or an ER doctor failed to diagnose bacterial meningitis when the symptoms first appeared, you may have a claim for medical malpractice. Plese contact an experienced meningitis attorney with The Meningitis Lawyers Network. We will evaluate your child's case for free and help maximize your child's financial recovery.

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