Failure to Diagnose Bacterial Meningitis
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If it is not treated quickly,
bacterial meningitis can lead to severe and debilitating conditions such as brain damage, mental
disability, and hearing loss. While most people recover, fatality is a
possibility. From 2003 through 2007, roughly 12% of the people who contracted
bacterial meningitis died because of the infection.
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 –
Fever: Be sure to monitor your temperature at all times if you believe you have
bacterial meningitis. This can be a sudden occurrence and you should take
quick action to seek medical attention.
Neck stiffness: A stiff neck, along with fever and headache, is one of the most common
signs of bacterial meningitis. This should be monitored by a doctor if
you start to experience severe occurrences.
Vomiting and dizziness: As stated previously, bacterial meningitis carries the same symptoms as
other illnesses, including nausea and vomiting. This can also lead to
Headache: A headache due to bacterial meningitis can be sudden and severe. If you
experience a headache, be sure to check for some of the other signs to
gain a better idea of what might be wrong.
Seizure or coma: These are more severe symptoms, but they can happen. If your loved one
has had a seizure, along with some of these other symptoms, act quickly
to reach a doctor.
Bacterial meningitis can be a mystery because it has some of the same symptoms
as other illnesses. 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. If you
or someone you know has contracted the bacteria, make sure to reduce contact
to limit the chances of transmission.
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