Meningitis Misdiagnosis Claims and Compensation

Meningitis Misdiagnosis Claims and Compensation

Cases of medical negligence can involve a misdiagnosis or substandard treatment of meningitis. Our solicitors are experts in Meningitis Misdiagnosis Claims and Compensation and have secured compensation for patients who have experienced meningitis misdiagnosis.

Hospital Trusts not only have a duty to provide you with proper care but also a duty of candour. A duty of candour is a legal duty placed on Hospital Trusts to inform you if any mistakes has been made during your care. If they fail to do this it can lead to Meningitis Misdiagnosis Claims and Compensation.

If you or a loved one have suffered meningitis and there has been a failing in the care provided, then our team of solicitors may be able to help you. Complete our Free Assessment form if you would like to speak to a member of our team or call us on 0800 999 3372.

 

What is Meningitis?

Meningitis is an infection of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. There are three membranes the surround the brain and spinal cord. These are the dura mater, arachnoid mater, and pia mater. The main function of the membranes (also known as meninges) is to protect the spinal cord and brain.

Anyone can be at risk of developing meningitis however it most commonly occurs in babies, young children, teenagers and young adults.

There are two types of meningitis:

  • Viral Meningitis

This is caused by viruses spread through coughing, sneezing and poor hygiene. It is an unpleasant condition but is less serious than bacterial meningitis. It most commonly affects babies. In most cases there is a normal recovery although in severe cases there can be long term health problems.

  • Bacterial Meningitis

This is caused by a number of different bacteria such as Streptococcus Pneumonia. This is more serious than viral meningitis. Emergency action should be taken.

Those who suffer with meningitis can go onto develop blood poisoning, otherwise known as septicaemia, which can sadly result in permanent damage to the brain or nerves.

It is an infection which can develop quickly and can be fatal. It can also leave severe and permanent disability. This is life-changing. If you find out that the permanent injury could have been avoided, this is even more devastating and can be very hard to deal with.

Our Solicitors are experts in Meningitis Misdiagnosis Claims and CompensationYou can contact them today by completing our quick Free Claim Assessment or call us on 0800 999 3372.

 

What are the Symptoms of Meningitis?

Meningitis can be difficult to recognise. It can progress without showing symptoms. In the early outset symptoms can be minor and resemble “flu-like” symptoms. However, it can suddenly develop and show the following symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • High temperature
  • A headache
  • A rash (which does not disappear when a glass is pressed and rolled over it)
  • A stiff neck
  • Discomfort when looking at bright lights
  • Drowsiness
  • Seizures

If these symptoms are experienced it is important to get the right treatment quickly. If a medical professional has missed any of these symptoms it often results in meningitis misdiagnosis claims and compensation.

Treatment for Meningitis

If someone is suspected as having meningitis the correct tests should be carried out in hospital to confirm the diagnosis. These clinical tests should be a physical examination, a lumbar puncture, which is called a spinal tap, a CT scan of the head, blood culture analysis, and a chest x-ray.

Usually if meningitis is suspected antibiotics will be administered even though the clinical tests may not yet have been carried out.

Treatment is usually always required in hospitals. The condition requires controlled monitoring. The treatment for bacterial meningitis includes:

  • Antibiotics- these are usually administered intravenously by injection.
  • Acetaminophen- a paracetamol which brings a patient’s temperature down.
  • Corticosteroids- if meningitis is causing pressure to the brain then this helps.
  • Oxygen therapy- this helps with breathing difficulties and can involve a face mask, cannula, or in serious cases a tube may need to be inserted into the trachea via the mouth.
  • Blood tests- this measures the patient’s sodium and blood sugar levels.
  • Fluid control- it is important that a patient has sufficient fluid intake.
  • Anti-convulsants- this is used to help those patients suffering with seizures.

Patients can be in hospitals for a few days. Even after being discharged it will take time to feel fully recovered. If a medical professional fails to provide the correct treatment quickly enough it can be negligent, leading to meningitis misdiagnosis claims and compensation.

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Complications of Meningitis

In most cases people recover fully from meningitis however in some cases in can cause serious and life threatening problems.

Every 1 in 2- 3 people who survive meningitis is left with permanent problems. The ain complications are:

  • Epilepsy
  • Co-ordination, and balance problems
  • Memory and concentration problems
  • Learning difficulties and behavourial problems
  • Vision loss
  • Hearing loss
  • The loss of a limb through amputation surgery
  • Kidney problems
  • Brain damage
  • Bone and joint problems

Long term help is available for those left with complications of meningitis. There are support groups like the Meningitis Research Foundation and Meningitis Now who can provide advice. There are also various aids and equipment like hearing aids, and prosthetic limbs.

There is also psychological support which should be offered by NHS services to help cope with ongoing complications. Medical professionals need to be aware of the complications that can arise it meningitis so they can act quickly and effectively. If they do not it can often result in avoidable pain and suffering for a patient resulting in meningitis misdiagnosis claims and compensation.

 

How can a Meningitis Misdiagnosis occur?

All treating doctors owe you as a patient a duty of care to provide proper and correct treatment. They have a duty to ensure meningitis is detected quickly and that the correct treatment is provided to help you recover.

If the doctor fails to do this, then they have breached their duty of care. If you have suffered harm because of this, then you should be entitled to compensation for meningitis misdiagnosis.

A misdiagnosis can happen when the more serious bacterial meningitis is dismissed as a viral illness. This can lead to a failure to carry out the correct tests and thereby result in meningitis misdiagnosis negligence.

A misdiagnosis can also occur if the meningitis is mistaken for another illness which displays similar symptoms. Such other conditions are swine flu, pneumonia, jaundice, and shaken baby syndrome.

We are often hearing that our NHS services are underfunded and that our A&E services are overwhelmed by the amount of patients attending. You may have been examined in an A&E department and wrongly diagnosed. Where a meningitis misdiagnosis has occurred the law allows the right to seek compensation.

Our Solicitors are experts in Meningitis Misdiagnosis Claims and CompensationYou can contact them today by completing our quick Free Claim Assessment or call us on 0800 999 3372.

 

How Can We Help With Meningitis Misdiagnosis Claims and Compensation?

It is extremely important that you seek legal advice on the medical negligence you have suffered. Our team of solicitors are experienced solicitors who know a lot about meningitis misdiagnosis claims and compensation.

Our solicitors will provide you with all the support you need during your claim. Contact us today to discuss your options.

 

How much Compensation will I receive?

It is difficult to confirm exactly the amount of compensation you will receive. There are different things to consider. You may have suffered both physical and psychological injuries or you may have suffered physical harm which is permanent. You may require long term aids and equipment and rehabilitative to help you in life. All these factors need to be taken into consideration. To help us and you determine what your claim is worth you can use our compensation calculator to obtain an estimate.

We can also help you get an apology from the hospital that mistreated you, and can investigate whether the hospital Trust has learnt from the mistakes made.