California Attorneys for Meningitis Litigation

Failure to Diagnose and Treat Meningitis

Failure to promptly diagnose and treat meningitis may have led to catastrophic consequences for you and your family. We may be able to help you. Our California attorneys have helped people throughout Los Angeles, across the state and neighboring states recover more than $1 billion in compensation for pain, suffering, and treatment after serious injuries or illnesses. If a medical professional failed to effectively diagnose and treat meningitis, litigation may be the only way to recover compensation. This type of complex litigation is the focus of our law firm.

Reach out to our team with the facts of your case. We will provide a thorough analysis of your case and offer a candid assessment. If legal action is appropriate, we will be your legal allies through the entire process and we will not collect fees or costs unless we win.

The Legal and Medical Challenges of Meningitis

Some forms of meningitis are less serious than others and, in some cases, may even resolve on their own. Bacterial, fungal, and viral meningitis may respond well to early treatment but some forms of meningitis require particularly aggressive treatment or catastrophe can result. Thus, early and accurate diagnosis is critical. Unfortunately, misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose is common for all age groups but particularly acute in adults since meningitis is often incorrectly considered a disease of infants and children.

Neonatal meningitis often results from untreated maternal Group B Streptococcal (GBS) and E Coli. Listeria meningitis affects primarily infants, the elderly and those with immune deficiencies. Herpes meningitis (caused by the herpes virus) and some types of fungal meningitis are also treatable if appropriately diagnosed. Some symptoms of meningitis include:

  • Confusion
  • Drowsiness
  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Seizures
  • Sensitivity to bright light
  • Stiff neck
  • Vomiting

To avoid permanent neurological damage, meningitis must be treated promptly. Failure to recognize signs of the condition and perform appropriate tests, such as a lumbar puncture (spinal tap), blood test or other tests can cause the patient to suffer preventable injuries.

Bradford S. Davis, M.D. is the head of our medical investigation team and will work with our lawyers to determine if suffering could have been prevented with appropriate medical intervention. Our team will explain whether medical malpractice was responsible and our attorneys will explain available legal options. With experienced lawyers and medical investigators on your side, the truth can be discovered and financial support from responsible parties can be obtained.

If you become our client, our team will perform an independent analysis of the relevant medical records and other vital evidence. We have been conducting these types of investigations for decades and we know how to uncover the truth. Call on us for help in even the most complex and difficult circumstances.