Meningitis is an infection of the protective membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord . If not treated promptly, it can lead to serious brain injury, nerve damage, life-threatening blood poisoning and even death.
While it can affect anyone, it’s more prevalent in babies, young children, teenagers and younger adults. Adults over 65 are also at increased risk to some types of meningitis. Meningitis claims can arise when you or a loved one experience suffering due to the misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of the infection.
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Misdiagnosed or delayed diagnosis of meningitis
The symptoms of meningitis can often be confused with other ailments. Also, the tell-tale rash is not always present and symptoms can occur in any order. This is why misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of meningitis is not uncommon.
Symptoms of meningitis can include:
- High temperature
- Rash that doesn’t fade when glass is rolled over it
- Stiff neck
If caught early enough, bacterial meningitis can be treated easily in hospital with antibiotics. However, where the symptoms are mistakenly assumed to be related to a less serious condition – like influenza – and treatment is delayed, the damage caused to the brain and spinal cord can be irreversible. This can have a significant impact on the patient’s future life.
Where GPs, other healthcare staff in the community or hospital staff should have suspected meningitis and failed to provide the proper and prompt treatment leading to brain injury, this can amount to clinical negligence. Should this happen to you or a loved one, our experienced meningitis lawyers can help you bring a claim.
Making a meningitis claim
Our experienced clinical negligence solicitors can help those who have suffered due to delayed or misdiagnosis meningitis to bring a claim.
Contact our team for a free initial consultation. Someone will listen to your case, assess its details and discuss whether they think you have a claim worth pursuing or not. This can include asking questions about your health, treatment and experiences.
You may also be able to make a claim on behalf of a loved one who has died or was affected due to a delayed or misdiagnosis of meningitis. One of our meningitis lawyers will explain how this works, advise you on the next steps to take and can support you through the process.
What you need to make a claim
Whether you are making meningitis claims for yourself or a loved one, collecting as much evidence as possible can boost your chances of successfully securing compensation. This can include:
- Medical records, documents and witness statements from medical professionals, friends and family to verify the impact the infection had on your condition.
- Evidence of your financial records may also be required if the claim includes loss of earnings.
Compensation for delayed or misdiagnosed meningitis varies in amount based on the specifics of your case.
As meningitis can be a life-changing condition, it usually takes into account all the costs you will encounter in the future.
Compensation awarded could cover:
- Treatment, therapy and medication costs
- Care requirements
- Specialist equipment and home adaptations
- Travel expenses to medical appointments
- Any physical and emotional pain and suffering experienced
- Loss of earnings encountered
Depending on the age of the individual, their recovery and any side effects, the amount awarded can cover a broad range.
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Meningitis case studies
£1.5 million after delay in treatment
This case involved a 4-month old baby with meningitis who was misdiagnosed with a viral upper respiratory tract infection. The young child suffered a brain injury and profound hearing loss as a result of the delay in effective treatment.
£3.5 million settlement
A client secured a £3.5 million settlement plus £300,000 per annum. She was misdiagnosed with TB meningitis, which left her paralysed from the neck down.
Why choose Leigh Day?
We have 30 years’ experience, we have supported, advised and represented many individuals who have suffered meningitis due to misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis – securing high levels of compensation in the process.