Denver Meningitis Misdiagnosis Attorneys
At Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. we have handled hundreds of Meningitis Misdiagnosis cases. We have won record-breaking verdicts for clients across the country, including the largest and second-largest medical malpractice verdicts in the state of Colorado.
If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury or wrongful death because of a misdiagnosis, call us today, so we can evaluate your case and see how we can help you. For a no-cost consultation in which we will review your medical records, please call (303) 759-9945 or toll-free (877) 433-3906.
Meningitis is an infection that causes inflammation of the fluid and membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. This dangerous illness may occur in patients of all ages, and the results can be devastating. Meningitis is one of the most commonly misdiagnosed childhood diseases. If it is not correctly diagnosed in time, meningitis can result in the following health issues:
- Brain damage
- Neurological disorders
- Mental difficulties
- Loss of limb
- Vision loss
- Hearing loss
- Cerebral palsy
- Learning and developmental delays
- Wrongful death
If the doctor suspects meningitis, a spinal tap should be requested right away. This procedure involves collecting samples of blood and spinal fluid to be sent to the lab for testing.
Generally, there are five types of meningitis:
- Bacterial Meningitis
- Viral Meningitis
- Fungal Meningitis
- Parasitic Meningitis
- Non-infectious Meningitis
Prompt diagnosis that determines the specific type of meningitis is critical. In fact, a delay in treatment can greatly increase the chances that a poor outcome will occur. Meningitis can be life-threatening and emergency antibiotic treatment is often required.
Meningitis has a very rapid onset. Early symptoms may include:
- High fever
- Stiff neck
- Rapid breathing
- Arched neck and back
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Cognitive changes
Meningitis is often misdiagnosed because many of these symptoms are similar to the flu and other common viruses.
A doctor who does not adequately diagnose and treat meningitis in a timely manner may be in violation of the standard of care, and this may count as medical malpractice. There are many ways that a doctor or hospital can be found negligent in cases of meningitis, such as:
- Delaying treatment due to misdiagnosis
- Failure to perform the right type of tests
- Improperly administered tests
- Failure to prescribe antibiotics
- Prescribing the wrong type of antibiotics
If someone you love is suffering from the effects of misdiagnosed meningitis, they may be living with enormous medical consequences. Brain damage, paralysis, and other acute physical and mental disorders can result from this disease if it is not treated properly. You could be facing years of costly medical care and intervention.
At Leventhal Puga Braley P.C., our knowledgeable Denver medical malpractice lawyers can help you receive fair compensation. Call our Denver office at (303) 759-9945 for a no-charge initial consultation today. If we represent you, you will owe us no fee until we get just compensation for you.