Our Michigan malpractice lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. handle medical negligence lawsuits against hospitals and doctors in cases involving the failure to diagnose meningitis. These errors often result in significant permanent injuries to the patient. If the delay in diagnosis is too lengthy, the patient can suffer brain damage, hearing loss, loss of vision, and even death. The results can be devastating to the patient and the family.
Meningitis is an infection of the fluid that surrounds the spinal cord and brain. It is often referred to as spinal meningitis. The infection is caused by either bacteria, in the case of bacterial meningitis, or a virus, in the case of viral meningitis.
The distinction between viral and bacterial meningitis is very important because the severity of the infections and their treatment differ dramatically. Most people are able to recover from viral meningitis without specific treatment. Bacterial meningitis, however, can be very severe, resulting in brain damage, hearing loss, or permanent disability.
The most common symptoms include headache, fever, and stick neck. Other common symptoms for meningitis include headaches, a stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, discomfort looking into bright lights, confusion, and sleepiness. Because of the consequences of bacterial meningitis, anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical treatment immediately.
Failure to Diagnose Spinal Meningitis
Physicians are trained to suspect meningitis when the patient presents to them with the signs and symptoms of the condition. Timely diagnosis is important to prevent permanent damage. Tests used to diagnose the condition include a blood culture, complete blood count, and a CT Scan or MRI of the spine.
If diagnosed in a timely manner, significant damage and injury can be avoided with proper treatment. This treatment includes the use of antibiotics (often intravenous) and a spinal tap. The goal is to eliminate or reduce the infection to prevent further loss of function.
When a doctor or hospital fails to diagnose the condition of meningitis, it can give rise to the filing of a medical malpractice lawsuit. Our experienced medical malpractice lawyers will review your entire patient medical records and discusses the signs and symptoms with a board-certified physician to determine whether the condition was properly diagnosed and whether appropriate treatment was started in a timely manner.
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The statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases varies from state to state. In Michigan, you must file a lawsuit within two years of the date of the malpractice. If you miss a deadline, your claim will be lost forever. To avoid these severe consequences, you should contact the Michigan malpractice lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. immediately.
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Contact a Michigan Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Our experienced Michigan medical malpractice lawyers handle cases for victims of malpractice in cases involving meningitis. Patients and their families injured by a medical mistake should contact the Michigan medical malpractice firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Call us now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced attorneys about your case.