Bacterial meningitis malpractice attorney

Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges, the membranes that cover your brain and spinal cord. Most cases of meningitis are caused by bacteria or viruses and are spread like other common infections, through contact with someone who is already infected when they sneeze, cough, touch, or kiss.

Bacterial meningitis is rare, but is usually serious and can even be life-threatening if it’s not treatment immediately. Some of the warning signs of bacterial meningitis are common to other infectious diseases, such as a high fever and lethargy. However, bacterial meningitis attacks the central nervous system, producing some very specific symptoms such as increased sensitivity to light, nausea, and frequently occurring headaches and neck pain.

Infants who have contracted bacterial meningitis may display different symptoms including:

  • Irritability
  • Jaundice
  • Stiffness of neck and body
  • High-pitched cry
  • Bulging fontanelle or soft spot on the head
  • Sleep and feeding difficulties

Bacterial meningitis is treated with antibiotics that are easy to administer and are very available. However, failure to detect this condition, especially in infants, or a slow response of doctors when it comes to treating it can compromise the health of your child, resulting in long-lasting, permanent neurological problems, including hearing loss, visual impairment, seizures, and learning disabilities.

If your child has suffered from the long-term effects of bacterial meningitis due to a failure to diagnose on the part of his or her physician or because it was not treated in a timely manner, you may be entitled to file a bacterial meningitis malpractice claim, citing negligence on the part of the treating physician.

Scott S. Harris, attorney for medical malpractice with children, help victims of medical malpractice. With more than 30 years of experience, Mr. Harris has worked with and counseled many parents of children who have been injured at the hands of negligent medical professionals.

Your child’s future is bright

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, medical malpractice related to bacterial meningitis is one of the most common cause of pediatric malpractice, especially in the U.S. If the condition is not correctly diagnosed and treated in time, it can progress to the point where the damage it does to a child’s nervous system is irreversible.

There is nothing harder for parents to go through than to watch their child suffering from an illness. But, it’s devastating if your child is suffering as the result of negligence on the part of his or her doctor. These mistakes can cause serious, long term effects for you child and can create an enormous financial burden on you and your family planning for their future.

Speak to an attorney today

Scott S. Harris, attorney for bacterial meningitis, represents parents with pediatric medical malpractice claims through litigation, settlement negotiation, and arbitration. Scott Harris is knowledgeable when it comes to the legal process as it relates to medical malpractice cases as well as the tactics used by insurance companies to avoid having to pay claims.

If you’re considering filing a lawsuit for medical malpractice on behalf of your child, contact our office to schedule your free consultation.