Meningitis misdiagnosis claims
Meningitis can affect anyone. It is most common in babies, young children, teenagers and young adults.
What is meningitis?
Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord. These linings are called meninges and form the membrane that protects the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis occurs when this lining becomes inflamed due to infection.
Meningitis can be caused by either a bacterial or viral infection. Viral meningitis is not as severe as bacterial meningitis and usually gets better on its own, rarely causing long-term problems.
Despite bacterial meningitis being more serious than viral meningitis, it is much rarer.
Meningitis can cause life-threatening blood poisoning (septicaemia), resulting in permanent damage to the brain or nerve supply. Speed is of the essence in treating meningitis, particularly bacterial meningitis. This is done through intravenous antibiotics and can require a prolonged period of stay in hospital.
The majority of people with bacterial meningitis, if treated quickly, will make a full recovery. However, some can be left with serious long-term problems including:-
- hearing loss/loss of eyesight
- cognitive problems (memory and concentration problems)
- movement and balance problems
- loss of limbs (amputation of affected limbs is sometimes necessary)
On average, 1 in every 10 cases of bacterial meningitis is fatal.
Vaccinations (as a baby, and now offered to teenagers, sixth-formers and university students) can offer some protection against certain types of meningitis.
The symptoms of meningitis you need to know about
Symptoms of meningitis can develop suddenly and progress very, very quickly. These can include:-
- a high temperature (fever)
- blotchy rash that does not fade when a glass is rolled over it
- stiff neck
- a dislike of bright lights (photophobia)
When am I eligible to make a claim for brain injury as a result of meningitis?
Most cases we see are as a result of:
- a delay in diagnosis
- a delay in treatment once a diagnosis has been made
- incorrect diagnosis and inappropriate discharge.
Each case turns on its own facts so please contact us to discuss further.