Yes, you can sue a Michigan emergency room doctor for failing to diagnose meningitis. Meningitis is an infection of the fluid that surrounds the spinal cord and brain. It is often referred to as spinal meningitis. The most common symptoms include headache, fever, and stick neck. Other common symptoms for meningitis include nausea, vomiting, discomfort looking into bright lights, confusion, and sleepiness.
Emergency room doctors are trained to suspect meningitis when the patient presents to them with the signs and symptoms of the condition. If the emergency room doctor fails to diagnose meningitis, severe injury can result. This includes brain damage, hearing loss, or permanent disability. When a patient suffers serious injury after a Michigan emergency room doctor fails to diagnose meningitis, that patient has the legal right to sue the doctor for the injuries suffered. This type of lawsuit is called a medical malpractice lawsuit.