According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 500 young children die from spinal meningitis each year in the United States. Unfortunately, this devastating illness continues to be one of the leading causes of death in young children. Medical professionals are trained to identify the signs and symptoms that accompany the disease. However, some healthcare professionals fail to diagnose the illness in a timely manner or altogether. Even the slightest delay in diagnosis can lead to serious nerve damage, long term physical and mental disabilities, or even death.
If a medical professional failed to recognize or properly diagnose the symptoms of meningitis in your child, it is important that you immediately contact a medical malpractice attorney at the Nourmand Law Firm to protect your legal rights. We know how difficult it is for parents to see their children suffer such tragic illnesses and we will do everything possible to protect your child’s rights and help you to obtain full compensation.What is Meningitis?
Spinal meningitis is a serious inflammation of the brain lining that can be caused by either bacterial or viral infection in the spinal fluid. Approximately 20,000 children suffer some form of meningitis each year. Pediatric meningitis is particularly dangerous because if left untreated, it can kill an infant in less than 24 hours. The reason for this startling fact is that infants and smaller children have weaker immune systems, which prevent them from resisting bacteria and viruses.What Are the Different Types of Meningitis?
The most common type of meningitis is viral meningitis. Adults and children with this type of meningitis are less likely to end up with brain or spinal damage. While antibiotics do not work in this case, this form is fairly mild. The symptoms will often clear up on their own in the span of one or two weeks.
Another type is bacterial meningitis. This is the more dangerous type of meningitis, especially in younger children. Bacterial meningitis is caused by several types of bacteria, the most common being Hemophilus influenzae type b. If this illness is not timely diagnosed and medically treated, it can easily result in the victim’s death. Since the symptoms of bacterial meningitis are easily mistaken for the common flu, this illness can easily be misdiagnosed. Without the proper treatment of a lumbar puncture, it can lead to serious consequences, including:
- Brain damage
- Hearing loss
If your child or the child of someone you know has been further damaged by a medical professional’s failure to diagnose pediatric meningitis, the attorneys at the Nourmand Law Firm can help. Our legal team is aggressive in pursuing the maximum possible compensation to help your family provide the best treatment your child deserves.
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