Failure to Diagnose Bacterial Meningitis

Maine Medical Malpractice Lawyers

A Maine physician’s failure to diagnose bacterial meningitis in a timely manner can have a catastrophic outcome. This disease is an inflammation of the membranes that surround your brain and spinal cord, and can also infect your bloodstream. Bacterial meningitis is a serious and potentially deadly disease that often progresses very quickly. If you are not the one out of every 10 patients who dies from this disease, you may suffer from brain damage, seizures and kidney damage if the condition is not promptly diagnosed and treated.

Elite Injury Attorneys NetworkIf your symptoms appear similar to bacterial meningitis, your doctor should order a spinal tap or lumbar puncture to be sure. If he or she does order the appropriate test, and you are sent home with a flu diagnosis or other illness, your disease could progress to the point of irreversible damage.

Any resident of Maine whose health has suffered because their bacterial meningitis was not diagnosed promptly should talk to an attorney with bacterial meningitis experience from the Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC. He will review your case, and if it appears credible, he will work to find you a Maine medical malpractice attorney in your area, for no additional fee.

Detecting Bacterial Meningitis

One of the aspects of bacterial meningitis that makes it so dangerous is that the symptoms are very similar to the flu. However, doctors are trained professionals who should order the appropriate tests to rule out severe diseases first and foremost. Therefore, if you are experiencing the symptoms of bacterial meningitis, a spinal tab should be recommended to rule out this dangerous disease:

  • Neck pain and headaches
  • High fever
  • Nausea
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue and unexplained sleepiness

Treatment for Bacterial Meningitis

If you are a parent, keep in mind that infants and children are at a higher risk of contracting this disease. There is also a higher risk at college campuses, because of the potential to spread quickly.

Bacterial meningitis is easily treatable with a variety of antibiotics, but it must be treated early. Some drugs include ampicillin, gentamicin, cefotaxime and penicillin G. Vancomycin can also be effective against many meningitis-causing bacteria that are not killed by other antibiotics.

If you have suffered an injury because of a misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis or failure to diagnose bacterial meningitis, please fill out our online form and the Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC will work to find you a Maine medical malpractice lawyer to take your case, if it appears to have merit.