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Meningitis misdiagnosis compensation claims

Meningitis misdiagnosis compensation claims

Meningitis is a devastating illness which has the potential to cause serious and life-changing injuries.

A misdiagnosis or a delayed diagnosis can dramatically increase the chances of a person needing an amputation, suffering brain damage or even dying.

Negligent care can have a lifelong impact on a patient and their families.

As well as physical suffering, there can also be a huge psychological impact on relationships, work and mental well-being for many years.

Our expert medical negligence solicitors have supported many families affected by a meningitis misdiagnosis, providing expert legal support to question and challenge the care they received, and securing damages for the impact it has on their lives.

Clients often praise the sympathetic and understanding approach of our team, alongside their determination to ensure we hold people to account and get the answers required.


Specialist meningitis misdiagnosis solicitors

Specialist meningitis misdiagnosis solicitors

Our dedicated medical negligence team are vastly experienced and will ensure your case reflects the severity of the situation and the support you and your family need. They will:

  • Provide a compassionate and understanding service tailored to your situation.
  • Help you gain access to support services to make the best possible recovery following the consequences of a misdiagnosis.
  • Seek interim compensation payments where possible for medical equipment, rehabilitation, surgery, accommodation or assisted care.
  • Help you plan for any long-term care needs required for yourself or a child to support independent living.

We are committed to properly investigating what went wrong and finding out why – ensuring that lessons are leaned and more robust procedures are implemented in the future

It can be difficult to prove delays and errors, but our medical negligence solicitors have vast experience in building these cases and offering clients support throughout the process.

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How is meningitis diagnosed?

How is meningitis diagnosed?

Because the misdiagnosis of meningitis is serious – and sometimes results in limbs being amputated, brain injuries or even death; there are strict guidelines which must be followed to try and prevent this from happening.

Administering a high dose of antibiotics is the first action which must be taken if meningitis is suspected.

To determine whether a patient is definitely suffering from meningitis, the following clinical tests should all be carried out to help confirm a diagnosis:

  • A Lumbar puncture – Spinal fluid is collected for testing.
  • Blood and urine analysis.
  • Chest X-ray.
  • CT scan of the head.

Unfortunately, the misdiagnosis of meningitis often happens because these routine checks are not conducted by the medical professionals who have been entrusted with a patient’s care.

In the cases of young children, toddlers and babies, the symptoms can often be missed because they develop at the same time as another sickness or condition such as pneumonia, jaundice or flu.

If a health professional has failed to properly diagnose meningitis or delivered an unsatisfactory level of care which results in an injury, they could be guilty of medical negligence.


How to make a meningitis misdiagnosis claim

How to make a claim

Make a claim in six easy steps

Step 1

Free Initial Advice

Call us, request a callback or complete our online claim form and we will assess whether we think you have a claim.

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We will help you to decide how best to fund your claim. Usually, we will be able to offer you a No win, No fee agreement.

Step 3

Obtain Medical Records & Medical Reports

We will request copies of your medical records and instruct appropriate medical experts to prepare reports confirming whether your care was negligent and how this caused you injury.

Step 4

Letter Of Claim

We will send a letter to your healthcare provider with details of your claim, setting out why we think your case was negligent and how this caused you injury.

Step 5

Prepare Claim Valuation

We will put together a schedule of loss setting out the losses you have incurred and the extent of the injuries you have sustained.

Step 6

Negotiate Settlement

We will send all the evidence to your opponent inviting their settlement proposals. If we cannot agree a reasonable settlement, we will prepare court proceedings.

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What types of meningitis are there?

Although this deadly disease can appear in several forms, there are actually only two types of meningitis:

  • Bacterial meningitis
  • Viral meningitis

The most common form of meningitis is caused by meningococcal bacteria, which can lead to a person contracting meningitis, septicaemia (commonly known as sepsis) or both.

Babies and children under five are much more likely to contract bacterial meningitis so additional care should be taken when they are assessed.

Because there are often no signs of meningitis in cases of septicaemia (sepsis), this can be a more life-threatening form of the disease.

To minimise the risk of injury as a result of meningitis, every case should be treated as a medical emergency.

If a GP, doctor, nurse or any other medical professional does not do this, the misdiagnosis of meningitis can easily occur – especially if the deadly bacterial type is dismissed as a virus.

What are the main meningitis symptoms?

The main symptoms of meningitis vary depending on the age of the person displaying them.

Although someone might display one or all of the symptoms, it is sometimes possible to have meningitis and not be showing any visible signs of it at all. If this was the case, a medical professional would need to conduct a lumbar puncture or CSF examination to test the cerebral spinal fluid for its signs of infection.

For babies and young children under five years old, who are deemed to be most at risk of the disease, the main symptoms are:

  • Agitation and refusing to be picked up.
  • Cold hands and feet.
  • Convulsions or seizures.
  • Drowsiness, floppiness or unresponsive.
  • High fever.
  • Pale, blotchy skin.
  • Rapid or shallow breathing.
  • Red rash – that does not fade under pressure.
  • Refusing to feed.
  • Stiff neck and sensitive to light.
  • Tense, bulging soft spot on top of their head, known as the ‘fontanelle’.
  • Unusual high-pitched cry or moaning.
  • Vomiting.

The additional meningitis symptoms can be present in older children, teenagers and adults:

  • Confused and irritable.
  • Difficult to wake up.
  • Severe muscle pain.
  • Severe headache.
  • Stiff neck.

What must be proven to bring a successful meningitis negligence claim?

Here at Hudgell Solicitors, our meningitis negligence claims experts have helped people of all ages that have suffered as the result of a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis.

To bring a successful medical negligence case, three things must be proven:

  • The care a patient received fell below the standards which could ‘reasonably be expected’ from a specialist in the field.
  • That the NHS Trust or medical professional breached the duty of care that they owed to their patient.
  • That this lack of care led directly to the injury or harm suffered, which was a ‘reasonably foreseeable consequence’ of the necessary or appropriate actions not being taken by the person providing treatment.

Because of the complex legal and medical issues which are involved in securing a successful claim, it is a good idea to seek specialist legal advice from a solicitor before taking any action.

Can I pursue a case on behalf of a loved one who has died?

If a family member or loved one has passed away as the result of a meningitis misdiagnosis, we understand why you might want to gain answers about the circumstances surrounding their death.

Our meningitis claims solicitors will fully support your bid to uncover the truth, hold the people who are responsible to account and help to obtain the apology you deserve. They can also represent you at any subsequent inquest.

Depending on the circumstances, you may be entitled to receive compensation for the pain and suffering which has been caused, or any expenses or financial losses which have been incurred because of the death.

In the event of a wrongful death, a spouse, civil partner or a parent of (children under 18) could also be entitled to a statutory bereavement award in addition to any compensation.

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What are the main meningitis symptoms?

Meningitis is the infection and inflammation of the protective membranes surrounding the spinal cord and brain. A suspected case should be treated as a medical emergency as unnecessary delays in diagnosis could result in life-changing consequences. What types of meningitis are there? There are actually only two types of meningitis… Bacterial meningitis: The most common […]

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