Failure to Diagnose Bacterial Meningitis

Minnesota Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Failure of a Minnesota medical professional to diagnose bacterial meningitis is often considered to medical malpractice. The main reason for this is that meningitis is a disease that spreads quickly and if it is not identified and treated in its early stages, the chance of permanent damage and death is much higher. Bacterial meningitis is a serious infection of the fluid in your spinal cord, and the fluid that surrounds your brain. The bacteria that cause meningitis are spread by close, direct contact with an infected person’s nasal and respiratory discharges.

Elite Injury Attorneys NetworkWhen it’s detected early, bacterial meningitis can be treated with a combination of antibiotics. It is also imperative that doctors tell the difference between bacterial meningitis and viral meningitis, as there are two forms (bacterial is the more severe form).

If your bacterial meningitis diagnosis was delayed, you are at risk of deafness, brain damage and death. You may be able to recover damages from the physician who failed to provide you with a timely diagnosis. An attorney with the Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC, can try to help you find a qualified Minnesota medical malpractice lawyer, if your claim appears to have merit—for no additional fee.

About Bacterial Meningitis

Bacterial meningitis is found in all parts of the world. Remarkably, the bacteria that cause this severe illness tend to live in an individual’s mouth and throat without causing any harm. But when these bacteria travel to the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord, they begin to multiply very quickly. This causes the membrane that covers your brain and spinal cord to become swollen and inflamed, ultimately causing meningitis.

There are several different forms of bacterial meningitis, such as:

  • Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus): this form is most common in infants and children and often causes pneumonia and an ear/sinus infection
  • Neisseria meningitidis (meningococcus): this highly contagious form occurs when the bacteria from an upper respiratory infection enter the bloodstream
  • Haemophilus influenzae (haemophilus): this was once the leading cause of bacterial meningitis among children
  • Listeria monocytogenes (listeria): these bacteria can be found virtually anywhere; in dust, foods and soil that have been contaminated

Symptoms of Bacterial Meningitis

The symptoms of bacterial meningitis are similar to the flu, which often cause it the illness to be misdiagnosed. They can take anywhere from several hours to a few days to develop and include a fever, headache, nausea, fatigue and sensitivity to light.

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