Find a Personal Injury Lawyer in Your Area.  


Personal Injury Law

Failure to Diagnose Meningitis Claims Attorneys

Meningitis is inflammation of the membrane that surrounds the brain, usually caused by an infection of the spinal cord fluid and the fluid surrounding the brain. If not caught and treated quickly it can cause brain damage or even death. Long-term consequences of meningitis can include:

  • Mental retardation
  • Paralysis
  • Seizures
  • Hearing loss
  • Vision loss

A bacteria or a virus in the spinal fluid or fluid around the brain can cause meningitis, which, in turn can cause swelling of the membrane around the brain and eventually swelling of the brain itself. Two-thirds of meningitis victims are children. Children under two years of age are the most likely to contract meningitis and are the most severely affected. Symptoms of meningitis include:

All ages

  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Cold extremities
  • Seizures
  • Purple spots or rash, very serious - indicates blood poisoning


  • Refusing food
  • High pitched crying
  • Does not want to be held or handled
  • Staring expression
  • Neck retraction
  • Difficult to wake

Older children and adults

  • Severe headaches
  • Neck stiffness
  • Joint pain
  • Drowsiness
  • Intolerance of light
  • Irritability
  • Disorientation and/or confusion
  • Numbness

Doctors must always be on the lookout for this dangerous condition that can advance to a harmful level very quickly. There are several factors which commonly contribute to failure to diagnose meningitis including:

  • Failure to see the patient when requested
  • Failure to examine the patient appropriately
  • Failure to act with the necessary degree of urgency
  • Sending patient home instead of admitting to the hospital
  • Failure to consult with specialists
  • Failure to follow-up with patient and/or guardian
  • Failure to communicate with patient and/or guardian


Early detection and aggressive treatment are vital to prevent long-term damage and death from meningitis. Any time parents notice symptoms of this dangerous condition they should contact a doctor or take their child to the emergency room immediately. Doctors must respond quickly. Failure to diagnose meningitis can be catastrophic.

If you or a loved one has been affected by failure to diagnose meningitis, contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney today.

Click Here for detailed information on Medical Malpractice law.


Click on a link to find a Personal Injury Lawyer in that state.
Home | Sitemap | Links | Law Schools | Law Articles | Legal Resources | Law Journals | About Personal Injury Attorneys | State Courts
Disclaimer: The information throughout The Personal Injury Directory is not intended to be or to replace legal advice. The information throughout The Personal Injury Directory is intended to provide general information regarding personal injury law. If you are interested in bringing a personal injury lawsuit, contact an accident attorney in your area.
The Personal Injury Lawyer Directory