The failure to timely diagnose and treat meningitis can give rise to a Michigan medical malpractice lawsuit. One type of meningitis that is often the subject of malpractice lawsuits is bacterial meningitis. may evidence suddenly (often resulting in death) or over one or two days. In some cases, bacterial meningitis may strike suddenly, resulting in death within a few hours. It is essential that doctors, hospitals, and clinics promptly diagnose the condition and begin treatment.
Bacterial Meningitis Symptoms
Even when the symptoms of bacterial meningitis appear over a couple of days it is essential that the patient be treated as early as possible. The sooner that proper treatment is started, the less likely that the patient will suffer a serious injury. The longer the delay in receiving appropriate treatment, the higher the likelihood of severe and permanent brain damage.
Symptoms of bacterial meningitis include:
- Persistent high fevers
- Severe headaches
- Sensitivity to light
- Nausea and vomiting
- Lethargy or drowsiness that gets progressively worse
Newborns and young infants may not be able to communicate their symptoms. Signs to watch for include constant crying, unusual sleepiness or irritability, jaundice and lack of interest in food. Because of the severe consequences of bacterial meningitis – particularly to young children and infants, pediatricians should be acutely aware of the disease and should test for it when appropriate.
File a Bacterial Meningitis Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
If your child was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis and you believe that your physician or an ER doctor failed to diagnose bacterial meningitis when the symptoms first appeared, your child may have a claim for medical malpractice.
To learn more about medical malpractice cases in Michigan, you should read "The Ultimate Michigan Medical Malpractice Handbook."
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