Damages from Delays in Treating Meningitis: Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Personal Injuries and Damages Due to Delays in Treating Meningitis: Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyer Explains


We have all heard the disease meningitis, which we know is very dangerous.  It is an infection of the lining around the brain and spinal cord which causes significant swelling.  The two main types are viral meningitis and bacterial meningitis.  While both can be fatal and both can cause excruciating injury, bacterial meningitis is significantly more dangerous and more likely to result in permanent injury to the body.  The longer that bacterial meningitis is not diagnosed or treated, the longer that the disease will be imparting damage to a person’s body.  This is why a delay in treating bacterial meningitis can be Oregon medical malpractice, as even if it does not result in wrongful death, it can result in permanent injury.  Victims of hospital delays in treating meningitis should call our Portland medical malpractice lawyer.


Damages from Delays in Treating Meningitis: What Could be Harmed When Doctors Delay in Treating Your Case


There is really no excuse in failing to diagnose meningitis.  Meningitis has some very obvious symptoms, including the classic symptom of being unable to such one’s chin to his or her chest.  This is due to neck swelling from the brain and spinal cord.  Other obvious symptoms relate to significant infections, such as purpose sweating, high fever, headaches, and related symptoms.  


Nonetheless, doctors and hospitals still misdiagnose or delay in treating patients with the telltale signs of meningitis which could be Oregon medical malpractice.  The first and most obvious injury due to this delay is wrongful death.  This is because meningitis is causing infection and inflammation around your two most important organs; your brain and spinal cord.  Delays in abating this infection will simply kill you by damaging these structures.


If a patient is not wrongfully killed, other damage to the body due to delays in treating meningitis include the following:


  • Brain injuries – particularly to newborns, severe brain injuries including developmental brain injuries could result in catastrophic deficiencies that mirror cerebral palsy;
  • Deafness – damage to the temporal lobe or auditory nerves and structures in the ear or brain;
  • Vision injury – damage to the optic nerve, occipital lobe, or the eyes themselves, which frequently result in light sensitivity;
  • Permanent balance issues – damage to the structures in the ear or the central of the brain and throw off balance and coordination;
  • Severe headaches and migraines – the longer the meningitis is allowed to fester, the longer that damage to the brain and the vessels will result and cause permanent and reoccurring headaches;
  • Amputations – due to an infection which is allowed to proliferate, limbs could be at risk for poor circulation and an infection could manifest therein, which could result in the need for amputations;
  • Arthritis – permanent joint pain is common in severe bouts of meningitis; and
  • Many other damages.


Do you Have Permanent Damages After a Meningitis Infection?  You May Be the Victim of Oregon Medical Malpractice Due to Delays in Treating Meningitis


Patients who were failed by doctors and emergency departments that failed to timely treat their meningitis may be entitled to compensation for their injuries.  Delays in treating meningitis can lead to wrongful death and, if not fatal, permanent disabilities including traumatic brain injuries.   If you or a loved one suffered from meningitis that was not immediately diagnosed, please call our Portland medical malpractice lawyer to learn what your rights to compensation may be.


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