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Viral and Bacterial Meningitis Misdiagnosis Lawyers

Failure to properly recognize the symptoms of viral and bacterial meningitis, perform the needed tests, and determine an accurate diagnosis can have catastrophic consequences for a patient. Particularly in children where many of the symptoms of meningitis can be mistaken for seasonal or swine flu, an inattentive or negligent doctor can do serious harm.

If you or a family member has suffered due to delayed diagnosis and treatment of viral or bacterial meningitis because of doctor error, you need to speak to an attorney to protect your rights. At Dallas W. Hartman, P.C., we have successfully represented clients throughout Pennsylvania in complex medical malpractice and meningitis misdiagnosis cases.

When Doctor Error Causes Serious Injury

A medical malpractice and misdiagnosis claim is built by demonstrating that a doctor should have made a proper diagnosis and that by failing to make that diagnosis a patient suffered seriously and needlessly.

Particularly when symptoms of viral or bacterial meningitis might be so easily mistaken for swine flu, a doctor who fails to perform a thorough exam and fully evaluate symptoms can put a patient in danger of:

  • Further infection
  • Sepsis
  • Brain damage
  • Wrongful death

The only way to detect and treat meningitis is through a spinal tap, and when clear warning signs are present, such as in children with neck or head aches, the failure of a doctor to order that test may represent malpractice. Because young children may not communicate their symptoms well, it is that much more important for a doctor to do a thorough exam, as meningitis is more common in kids.

Committed to Getting Results

If you suspect that a doctor’s negligence caused a failure to properly diagnose meningitis and as a result you or someone you love has needlessly suffered, then we can work to help you recover compensation for damages by holding the right people responsible. Call our firm at 1-800-777-4081 to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations in the North Pittsburgh area or contact us online.

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