Kansas Medical Malpractice Attorneys Specializing in Meningitis Cases
Meningitis is a bacterial infection of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord (meninges). It is one of the most common lawsuits brought against healthcare providers today. If Meningitis is not diagnosed immediately it can lead to brain damage, mental difficulties, neurologic deficits, deafness, loss of digits or limbs, paralysis and death.
There are several types of meningitis. Some of them are:
- Bacterial Meningitis
- Viral Meningitis
- Fungal Meningitis
- Parasitic Meningitis
- Non-infectious Meningitis
Some of the causes of meningitis are:
- Streptococcus or other types of germs
- Certain drugs
- Viral infections
- Brain surgery
- Sinus surgery
In adults, signs and symptoms of meningitis include:
- Severe headache
- Neck stiffness
- High fever
- Nausea and vomiting
- Photophobia (sensitivity to light)
- Altered mental status
In infants, signs and symptoms of meningitis can be less obvious, but may include:
- High fever
- Abnormal skin color
- Seizure activity
- Inconsolable crying
- High-pitched shriek
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), in the United States, about 4,100 cases of bacterial meningitis, including 500 deaths, occurred each year between 2003-2007.
Prompt diagnosis of meningitis, including the type of meningitis, is critical because it is well-known that a delay in treatment is associated with a poor outcome. If meningitis is suspected, samples of blood and spinal fluid (lumbar puncture (spinal tap)) are collected and sent to the laboratory for testing. It is important to know the specific cause of meningitis because that helps doctors understand how to treat the disease, and possibly how bad it will get. In the case of bacterial meningitis, antibiotics can help prevent severe illness and reduce the spread of infection from person to person (depending on which bacteria are causing the infection).
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries due to a misdiagnoses of meningitis, you have the right and responsibility to hold your negligent medical professional accountable for the injuries they caused you. Call one of our aggressive and experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Prochaska, Howell & Prochaska LLC for your free and confidential consultation.