Failure to Diagnose Meningitis in a Newborn: Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Oregon Medical Malpractice Due to a Failure to Diagnose Meningitis: Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyer Explains


Bacterial meningitis is a very serious and life-threatening condition.  According to CDC research, in the United States bacterial meningitis results in approximately 4,100 cases each year and results in 500 deaths.  There are several strains of bacterial meningitis, all which are dangerous and could lead to life-threatening conditions or complications such as sepsis.  Meningitis affects individuals of all ages, but particularly newborns who are susceptible to almost every kind of bacterial meningitis.  Because newborns have a weakened immune system and are vulnerable to bacterial infections, particularly an aggressive one such as meningitis, any infection must be immediately identified and treated quickly.  The failure to do so could be Oregon medical malpractice.  Victims should call our Portland medical malpractice lawyer to learn what their rights may be.


What is Bacterial Meningitis?


Meningitis is the infection of the membranes surrounding the central nervous system, which is the brain and the spinal cord.  Meningitis could be caused by several different types of infections, including bacterial, viral, or fungal.  However, the majority of cases (estimated to be about to 80%) are bacterial meningitis. This is meningitis caused by bacterial around the brain and spinal cord.  It is dangerous because the infection will cause the membrane around the brain and spinal cord to swell, which will result in damage to the brain due to pressure or lack of blood flow.


Bacterial meningitis is caused when the bacteria gets into and affects your membranes.  This bacteria is not special, in that it is actually present in your nose and respiratory system anyway.  It is unknown what causes it to migrate to your brain or spinal cord, but when it does the infection is usually very quick and powerful.  


Symptoms of Bacterial Meningitis


The symptoms of bacterial meningitis are unmistakable.  The classic symptom is the inability to lower your chin to your chest due to the swelling and stiffness in your neck.  This is usually paired with very high fever, headaches, and neck aches.  In some instances, vomiting and irritability may be present.


In newborns, the symptoms are usually vomiting, a refusal to eat, irritability, crying, and in severe cases seizures.  


Oregon Medical Malpractice in Failing to Diagnose Bacterial Meningitis in a Newborn


Because bacterial meningitis comes on powerful and strong, usually full-pledged in 24 hours or less, bacterial meningitis can be quickly fatal if not treated immediately due to a failure to diagnose.  This means that the baby could be irreparably harmed if there is a failure to diagnose the bacterial meningitis and begin treatment immediately.  This is usually the fault of a hospital doctor or triage nurse in the emergency department who miss the tell-tale signs and allow the baby to sit longer.


Even if this is not a fatal mistake, the damage caused by bacterial meningitis could result in horrific motor injury and disability.  This could cause issues with cognitive function, including memory, processing, vision, fine motor control, and other related functions.


Delays in Diagnosing Bacterial Meningitis Could be Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice


Any case of meningitis is a medical emergency, especially with a newborn.  The failure to diagnose bacterial meningitis could be Oregon medical malpractice.  Call our Portland medical malpractice lawyer if you believe you may have a claim.  We accept cases throughout Oregon, including Central Oregon, Deschutes County, Salem, Portland, Eugene, Gresham, Hillsboro, Medford, and any other city, including Bend, Oregon where our law office is located.  


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