Each year in the U.S., as many as 4,000 people contract meningitis, an inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. And several hundred die from it, according to the World Health Organization.
Many of those who survive will suffer permanent disabilities, such as brain damage, hearing loss, loss of kidney function, and amputation to limbs.
In America, most cases of meningitis are caused by a viral infection, but bacterial and fungal infections also can lead to meningitis. Signs and symptoms of this condition including headache, fever and a stiff neck.
Depending on the cause, meningitis can get better on its own in a couple of weeks, or it can be a life-threatening emergency requiring urgent antibiotic treatment.
Early diagnosis and proper treatment is critical.
But, tragically, physicians often fail to recognize the condition, leading to severe, life-altering consequences.
Ross Feller Casey is currently representing several plaintiffs throughout Pennsylvania, both adults and young children, who were victims of a delay in diagnosing meningitis. These victims have been left with catastrophic brain injuries as a result of the negligent delay in providing proper treatment.
Common medical mistakes in this area include the failure to take the most basic steps, such as obtaining blood work, performing lumbar punctures, and ordering proper imaging studies both in the emergency room and while the person is an inpatient in the hospital.
Ross Feller Casey is a Philadelphia-based catastrophic injury law firm with a national reputation for winning landmark, record-setting cases, including those involving the failure to timely diagnose and treat infections.
Our attorneys have recovered more than $1 billion for their clients in personal injury lawsuits.
The firm has three Ivy League educated and trained physicians on staff, two of whom are also lawyers.. This uniquely qualified the firm to litigate all medical malpractice cases, including meningitis lawsuits.
If you or a loved suffered injuries as a result of meningitis, you should contact the meningitis attorneys at Ross Feller Casey soon. The firm offers a free initial case evaluation, and handles all cases, including meningitis lawsuits, on a contingency basis. That means you will pay nothing until a monetary recovery is made in your case.