Meningitis Misdiagnosis Lawyer in Los Angeles
Meningitis is a potentially serious and life-threatening illness that most often impacts children, teenagers and young adults in college or group settings. If it isn’t caught and treated quickly, it can lead to a host of ongoing and escalating medical problems. It’s important for doctors and health care providers to recognize the symptoms and consider a diagnosis of meningitis early to give a patient the best chance of recovery. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case.
What is Meningitis?
Meningitis occurs when the meninges, which are the three layers of protective tissue that surround the brain and spinal cord, called the dura mater, arachnoid mater, and pia mater, become inflamed. Most commonly, meningitis is marked by intense headaches and fever, sensitivity to light, and muscular rigidity. Some of the symptoms of the illness mimic those of other conditions, including the flu, so a prompt and accurate diagnosis is needed to minimize the damage meningitis can cause.
When meningitis is suspected, patients should undergo the appropriate tests to receive a prompt diagnosis and timely care. Tests such as a CT scan or lumbar puncture are needed to determine the cause of the symptoms.
Meningitis can be caused by either a virus or a bacteria. Viral meningitis is often not as severe, and typically clears up without treatment. However, bacterial meningitis can become very serious, leading to convulsions, brain damage, seizures, hearing loss, and even death when left undiagnosed and untreated.
Contact a Qualified Attorney about Your Case Today
Dr. Kramer is not only a licensed lawyer in California, but he is also a licensed medical doctor, so he can evaluate medical injuries caused by a meningitis misdiagnosis in a way that few lawyers can. In cases of a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of meningitis, Dr. Kramer considers all the facts of the case and potential damages you may be entitled to, including:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost income or work time
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental or emotional pain and suffering
- Other possible damages, both economic and non-economic losses
If you or your child developed meningitis for reasons that you find suspicious, or if you or your child was not treated appropriately or timely following a diagnosis of meningitis, give The Trial Law Offices of Bradley I. Kramer, M.D., Esq. a call at 310-289-2600 so we can help you get the maximum compensation for your injuries.