Spinal meningitis is a serious, often deadly condition; however, because the symptoms in the early stages are often similar to the symptoms of the flu, it is often misdiagnosed.
In order to properly diagnose spinal meningitis, a full and proper medical examination is necessary. Since many healthcare providers dismiss the condition as a viral illness, a person who is afflicted with the condition may not receive the proper medical examination and treatment that is necessary to diagnose and treat the disease. A spinal meningitis misdiagnosis can be devastating. It can cause serious, lifelong injury or even death.
What is Spinal Meningitis?
Spinal meningitis is usually caused by bacteria or a virus that infect the fluid and membranes that surround the brain and the spinal cord. Once the infection begins, it can spread quickly throughout the body. Without proper treatment, the infection can lead to brain damage, subdural effusion (the buildup of fluid between the brain and the skull,) loss of hearing, seizure and hydrocephalus, all of which can develop in a matter of hours. In the worst case scenario, spinal meningitis can cause death in at little as 24 hours.
Because spinal meningitis spread so rapidly and because the results can be so devastating, a prompt diagnoses and immediate medical treatment is necessary.
Spinal Meningitis Misdiagnosis: What to do?
If a loved one has suffered a spinal meningitis misdiagnosis that has resulted in lasting complications or even death, you may be entitled to compensation.
There are several damages associated with a spinal meningitis misdiagnosis, including:
- Costly medical expenses
- Funeral costs
- Loss of income
- Life-long medical services
- Pain and suffering
If a misdiagnosis has been made, it is important to seek the legal guidance of an experienced medical malpractice attorney in Rhode Island. David Morowitz has the experience, the knowledge and the compassion that is necessary to help you receive the compensation that you are entitled to. Specializing in medical malpractice, Mr Morowitz has helped settled countless spinal meningitis misdiagnosis cases. He will hear your case, perform a full investigation and devise the most effective plan to help you receive the compensation that you deserve.
To arrange a free consultation with Attorney David Morowitz, call 401-274-5556 today!