Failure to Diagnose Bacterial Meningitis
Speaking with a Medical Malpractice Attorney
If it is not treated quickly, bacterial meningitis can lead to severe and
debilitating conditions such as brain damage, mental disability, and hearing
loss. If a doctor failed to diagnose bacterial meningitis and someone
you love was seriously injured or killed, we invite you to contact Paulson
Coletti to discuss the possibility of a
medical malpractice claim.
Detecting the Signs and Symptoms of Bacterial Meningitis
Doctors must be able to quickly notice the signs of bacterial meningitis.
Common symptoms include the sudden onset of –
- Neck stiffness
- Vomiting and dizziness
- Light sensitivity
These signs and symptoms can occur within minutes or over the course of
a few days. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC), people exposed to bacterial meningitis, on average, begin to display
symptoms within three to seven days.
Diagnosing Bacterial Meningitis
Any combination of these symptoms should prompt diagnostic testing for
bacterial meningitis. A common way to diagnose bacterial meningitis is
by taking blood samples or testing cerebrospinal fluid. Antibiotics should
be administered as soon as possible to prevent serious injury. Although
a prompt diagnosis of bacterial meningitis is paramount, it is particularly
important to infants and the elderly, as they are most vulnerable.
Bacteria That Causes Bacterial Meningitis
Bacterial meningitis is caused by bacteria, often passed from person to
person through contact with saliva or mucus. The following types of bacteria
have been known to cause this type of meningitis –
Our Experience with Malpractice & Failure to Diagnose Cases
Paulson Coletti's Portland medical malpractice attorneys have extensive
experience with "failure to diagnose" cases. Some of the verdicts
and settlements we have achieved in this category include –
Failure to Diagnose Brain Swelling –
a $1.4 million verdict
Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer –
a $1 million verdict
Failure to Diagnose Cancer –
an $850,000 settlement
Failure to Diagnose Stroke –
an $800,000 settlement
Paulson Coletti is one of the premier law firms in the Pacific Northwest
for medical malpractice. We were awarded with a "Best Law Firms"
rating by U.S. News in the practice area of medical malpractice for plaintiffs
and Attorney Chuck Paulson was voted "Lawyer of the Year" in
medical malpractice for plaintiffs. We help victims of medical negligence
and failure to diagnose.
If someone you love was injured or killed because of bacterial meningitis,
contact a Portland medical malpractice lawyer at our firm today for a