What can you do when your loved one suffers a serious injury from medical malpractice involving meningitis?

Facts about meningitis.

Due to potential for serious injury care must be taken to control the infection.  If meningitis is not diagnosed, or if it is not treated promptly it can quickly cause serious harm or death.  If your loved one has suffered serious injury or death from meningitis that was not properly diagnosed or treated, they might have a malpractice lawsuit to deal with.

Meningitis is an infection of the membranes-called meninges, which cover the brain and the spinal cord.  It is a very serious condition that can rabidly lead to brain damage, spinal cord damage, limb loss, other permanent disability, and death.  It is most commonly caused by a bacterial infection, but is also caused by viruses, and other causes. 

What are some signs of meningitis?  They are:

  • Fever;
  • Severe headache;
  • Neck stiffness;
  • Pain;
  • Nausea;
  • Confusion
  • Disorientation;
  • Drowsiness;
  • Light sensitivity. 

Most cases of meningitis infection happen to those who are under 5 years old, or over 70 years old.  Because the consequences of bacterial meningitis are so serious, early detection and prompt action are essential.  Care must include measures to identify the particular infecting organism so that the best treatment can be administered quickly.  It is crucial to give antibiotics immediately, even while you are waiting for the culture to come back since the infection causes harm so quickly.  Diagnostic tests are also used to diagnose meningitis such as taking a detailed history, CT scans, and lumbar punctures (spinal taps) to test the fluid within the spinal canal. 

What are some types of cases of malpractice involving meningitis?

  1. Cases where the presence of meningitis was misdiagnosed resulting in no care at all or delayed care;
  2. Cases where it was diagnosed, but treatment was not properly administered or treatment was delayed.

What can be recovered in a medical malpractice case and why is it important?

Medical malpractice is a serious problem.  In a 2013 study, A New, Evidence-Based Estimate of Patient Harms Associated with Hospital Care by John T. James, PhD., premature death associated with preventable harm to patients was over 400,000 per year.

Fight for the compensation and justice you deserve for the injuries you have sustained, or for your loved one who had their life taken away. In a medical malpractice lawsuit, you can win compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages and diminished future earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship
  • Permanent catastrophic injuries or disabilities, including scarring
  • Wrongful death

Malpractice During Care For Meningitis Can Cause Serious Injuries and Wrongful Death

At The Bartinik Law Firm LLC, we are very selective about the medical malpractice cases we accept. We strive to fight for individuals who have endured very serious injuries and have the most to gain from winning a Connecticut medical malpractice suit.  We also work with families who have lost their loved ones due to the negligence of a medical professional.

You may have a medical malpractice lawsuit if you or a loved one has been faced with one of the following situations:

  • Misdiagnosis of meningitis,
  • Delays treatment of meningitis,
  • Improper management of meningitis
  • CAUSING . . . .
  • Brain injury after meningitis,
  • Spinal cord damage after meningitis
  • Wrongful death.

How to evaluate whether you have a medical malpractice case from meningitis?

Do you think that a loved is the victim of a medical malpractice involving meningitis?  How is your case evaluated?  The first step is to gather the medical records, and contact a medical malpractice attorney.  At The Bartinik Law Firm LLC, we work with you, or do it all for you. 

For example, if your loved one lived in New London, Connecticut they likely treated at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital or Backus Hospital.  Now assume that your loved one suffered an infection of the membrane surrounding her spinal canal or brain, and developed meningitis.  Now also assume that you suspect that malpractice occurred, and your loved one suffered a serious injury.  

What do you do?

First step:  

Gather the records.  You should (or we will) request all of the records for their care including the surgical records, and the lab work. Furthermore, if the meningitis led to spine damage, brain damage, or death you will gather all treatment records so can evaluate how the malpractice caused the damage and the end-result condition.  

Next, step:  

Get a medical opinion.  You will have to find a doctor that is of the same specialty as the defendant doctor to review the case and their surgical procedure, and also an infectious disease expert to offer an opinion about whether there was malpractice involving the meningitis.  Only if you get an opinion that medical malpractice has occurred, can you proceed with your case. 

Final step:  

There are also additional hurtles that you must also overcome, like proof of damages.  You must prove all of your harms and losses.  You must also prove that your harms and losses were caused from the medical malpractice.  You will be forced to examine the consequences of the error and whether the underlying condition contributed to the harm.  For example, you must prove that the meningitis could have been treated had malpractice not occurred.  If the medical error caused the death of a loved one, then a wrongful death lawsuit can be brought.  If death did not occur, and your loved on suffered a brain injury then the life-long care your loved one will need to be assessed.  All of these medical questions require answers by qualified medical experts to determine the harms and losses suffered by your loved one.  

Why is it important and where to find help:

If you know negligent medical professionals caused life-changing injury to a loved one due to the meningitis related malpractice error it's time to fight back and let them know they will be held accountable for their malpractice.

Contact Our Groton Medical Malpractice Attorneys

Our medical malpractice lawyers at The Bartinik Law Firm LLC, do not accept every case. For a medical malpractice lawsuit to be successful, we must prove that the medical provider failed to live up to the appropriate standard of care, as well as that the medical negligence or malpractice caused harm to our client.

When The Bartinik Law Firm LLC, represents you in your medical malpractice case, you can expect attention to detail.  You can also expect excellent customer service on the day-to-day basis in our office.  Just take a look at our former client testimonials on this website.  When it comes to case preparation and trial technique, we have Board Certified Civil Trial Attorneys ready to take your case to trial if necessary.  Additionally, we have also taught Health Law at the Quinnipiac College School of Law, lecturing to other attorneys on the topic of medical malpractice. We set the standard for medical malpractice attorneys throughout the state of Connecticut.

If you or a loved one were injured or killed due to the negligence of a medical professional from a hospital acquired infection or an infection related error contact The Bartinik Law Firm LLC, at 860-445-8521 or toll free 888-717-4211 today for a free consultation.


Peter J. Bartinik, Jr.
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Civil Trial Attorney, Practicing Law in Connecticut