Representing Victims in Failure to Diagnosis Meningitis Cases
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Meningitis can start out with flu-like symptoms but quickly change into a life-threatening emergency in a matter of hours. Prompt diagnosis and treatment are essential to obtain a positive outcome. Sadly, some doctors do not diagnose the illness soon enough.
If your child has suffered a serious injury or has died because your doctor failed to diagnose meningitis, you may have a case a medical malpractice against the provider. New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers of Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP offer a free consultation to evaluate your case. With offices in Edison, Red Bank and Toms River, our NJ medical mistakes lawyers represent families throughout New Jersey.
Should My Child’s Meningitis Have Been Diagnosed Earlier?
Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis is usually caused by a viral infection and it most commonly occurs in children under age 5. Early symptoms may be mistaken with the flu. However, symptoms such as headache, fever and a stiff neck in a child over the age of 2 are classic signs of meningitis. A child under age 2 may not have a headache or stiff neck.
Your doctor may order the following tests to diagnose meningitis:
- X-rays and CT scans may reveal swelling or inflammation of the head, chest or sinuses
- A spinal tap can be used to analyze a sample of your child’s cerebrospinal fluid
- A blood culture may show a bacterial infection
In some cases, children suffer serious complications or die from meningitis even when doctors do everything they were supposed to do. However, if doctors did not order the proper tests early enough despite recognizable symptoms, our lawyers work with leading independent medical specialists to investigate and prepare the strongest case possible for full recovery of compensation. Our NJ medical malpractice lawyers are recognized among the leading medical malpractice attorneys in New Jersey, with a case record of successful settlements and verdicts exceeding $550 million on behalf of plaintiffs.