Meningitis is a medical emergency that must be treated promptly to avoid long-term and potentially fatal consequences. Unfortunately, some doctors and hospitals wait too long before giving meningitis patients the treatment they so desperately need.
At the Law Offices of Sanford Rosenblum, P.C., our Upstate New York meningitis lawyers have extensive experience helping patients and their families pursue medical malpractice claims for failure to diagnose and treat meningitis.
Understanding the Causes of Meningitis
Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges, the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. It is an extremely serious condition due to the damage that it can do to these central parts of the human body. There are several different causes of meningitis, including:
- Bacterial meningitis: Bacterial infection is the most common cause of meningitis. Certain strains of streptococcus, listeria and E. coli infections pose particularly high risks that patients will develop meningitis.
- Tuberculous meningitis (TBM): This is an unusual form of meningitis where the tuberculosis bacteria, which usually infect the lungs, infect the spinal fluid and brain. It can have devastating consequences if left untreated. Our firm has handled four medical malpractice claims for failure to treat tuberculous meningitis; most attorneys have never had a case of this type. Our attorneys have tried two cases of TBM and obtained substantial recoveries for my clients. Because of my expertise in this field, I have been asked to consult with other attorneys around the country in other TBM cases.
- Viral meningitis: This is the most common non-bacterial type of meningitis. Viruses ranging from herpes to mumps to HIV can cause viral meningitis.
Obviously, not every infection results in meningitis. However, there are certain telltale signs of meningitis, and a doctor who sees these signs has an obligation to order the proper tests and, in some cases, treat suspected meningitis on an emergency basis, even before the tests are conducted.
Pursuing Compensation From Negligent Doctors and Hospitals
Our attorneys have a particularly strong history of getting results for the victims of meningitis that was not diagnosed and treated soon enough. We work with top-notch experts to establish how my clients have been harmed by the negligence of their medical providers.
If you or a loved one has suffered permanent harm, or if you have lost a family member, as a result of delayed diagnosis and treatment of meningitis, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. You will not pay any fees or expenses unless you win compensation.