Bacterial Meningitis - Diagnosis Errors

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:42 by admin
A doctor's delay or failure to diagnose bacterial meningitis (especially pediatric bacterial meningitis) can have dire consequences and is one of the most common types of medical malpractice. Bacterial meningitis is readily curable if treated in an aggressive manner. A doctor's delay in recognizing the symptoms of bacterial meningitis can greatly reduce the chance of survival.

At the first sign of bacterial meningitis, competent medical professionals will order a lumbar puncture (also known as a spinal tap) to confirm the diagnosis. Failure to perform this procedure could result in malpractice liability.

While 10% of those afflicted with bacterial meningitis die, many more suffer needless permanent injuries because of their doctor's failure to diagnose and properly treat the condition. Bacterial meningitis often leaves its victims deaf, and may cause seizure disorders, learning disabilities and other behavioral problems.

Don't pay for your doctor's negligence. If you are living with the consequences of a misdiagnosis, or if a loved one needlessly died because of a healthcare professional's negligence, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Diagnosis Errors
  2. Emotional Problems
  3. Hearing Loss
  4. Seizures: Overview
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