Delay in Meningitis Diagnosis and Treatment

Delay in Meningitis Diagnosis and Treatment

Meningitis is an infection of the protective membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. It can be caused by a bacteria or a virus.

Bacterial meningitis

  • Babies and young children are most at risk of developing bacterial meningitis
  • It is more serious than viral meningitis. The symptoms usually begin suddenly and get worse rapidly
  • Symptoms include a high fever with cold hands and feet, vomiting and refusal to feed, drowsiness, floppiness, grunting or rapid breathing, convulsions or seizures, dislike of bright lights and pale or blotchy skin with a red rash that doesn’t fade when a glass is rolled over it
  • Meningococcal disease can appear as meningococcal meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia (blood poisoning), or a combination of both

Viral meningitis

  • Most people with viral meningitis will have mild flu-like symptoms, such as headaches, fever and generally not feeling well
  • Symptoms may also include neck stiffness, muscle or joint pain, nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea and sensitivity to light
  • Unlike bacterial meningitis, viral meningitis does not usually lead to septicaemia (blood poisoning)
  • Clinical tests are needed to distinguish between the two types of meningitis

If there is a failure to recognise and treat the symptoms of meningitis quickly, then the effects are life-changing and can include death.

Medical professionals may be negligent by:

  • failing to carry out the appropriate tests
  • not diagnosing the condition correctly
  • by failing to make a diagnosis quickly enough

If this has happened there may be a case for making a claim if you or your loved one suffers harm as a consequence.

If you would to like to discuss making a claim please contact one of our experienced lawyers. We will work closely with you from the outset and will handle your claim sympathetically and sensitively. We will strive to make sure you receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to.

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