Failure to Diagnose Bacterial Meningitis

Wyoming Medical Malpractice Attorneys

Bacterial meningitis is serious disease characterized by the inflammation of fluid surrounding your brain and spinal cord. An early diagnosis of this illness is critical, because if treatment is not administered promptly, bacterial meningitis can cause permanent damage to the brain, learning disabilities, and ultimately death. Therefore, the failure to diagnosis bacterial meningitis may be considered medical malpractice.

Elite Injury Attorneys NetworkIf you or someone you love had bacterial meningitis and was given a different diagnosis, or the diagnosis was delayed, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC. If your case appears credible, one of our attorneys will try to find you a Wyoming medical malpractice attorney to take your case, for no extra cost.

Common Symptoms of Bacterial Meningitis

One reason bacterial meningitis may be misdiagnosed is because the symptoms are similar to the flu. The classic symptoms of this disease include:

  • Headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Fever and chills
  • Vomiting
  • Fear of or sensitivity to bright lights
  • Confusion
  • Seizures
  • Recent upper respiratory infection (a cold or sore throat, for example)

Properly Diagnosing Bacterial Meningitis

To correctly diagnose bacterial meningitis, your doctor should order specific tests to confirm or dismiss the presence of this disease. Diagnostic tests may include:

  • A throat culture to check for meningitis-causing bacteria
  • X-rays or a CT scan of the skull, chest or sinuses
  • A spinal tap to analyze the fluid around your spine

If you or your child visits the emergency rooms with a high fever, vomiting and fatigue and the doctor sends you home without performing the diagnostic tests, bacterial meningitis could be overlooked. This disease can be deadly in as little as 24 hours if the appropriate antibiotics are not administered.

If you live in Wyoming, and you or your child’s health has suffered because of a failure to diagnose bacterial meningitis, please fill out our online form and the Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC will attempt to find you a Wyoming medical malpractice attorney to meet your needs and help you recover the money you and your family are entitled to.