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Treating meningitis is difficult, and in many cases clinicians will have tried their hardest to help the patient. However, mistakes can be made and notes can be missed. With an illness as serious as meningitis, this can leave those affected facing a lifetime of difficulty and disability.
If this happens, having an experienced medical negligence solicitor in your corner, ready to fight for you, can make all the difference.
What is Meningitis?
Meningitis is an infection of the membranes which surround and protect the brain and spinal cord, (called meninges). This can increase the pressure on the brain and damage the way it functions. Negligence can occur when bacterial meningitis is not treated in time. This can lead to life-changing consequences such as epilepsy, blindness, deafness, or even death.
If you or someone that you care about may have a claim related to negligent care for meningitis, speak to our medical negligence solicitors now and find out how we can help you gain support and compensation.
WE ESTABLISHED THAT THE FAILURE TO ADMIT BABY PENNY TO HOSPITAL EARLIER WAS NEGLIGENT AND WE NEGOTIATED DAMAGES BY WAY OF A LUMP SUM AND ANNUAL PAYMENTS FOR LIFE.
Penny was born with Down’s syndrome. At seven months old she had a fever and was vomiting. She went to hospital but was discharged. Her parents called the hospital again for further advice but she was still not admitted. She was subsequently admitted to a different hospital where they diagnosed meningitis. We established that the failure to admit her earlier was negligent. However, this was a difficult case because it was hard to prove how much the meningitis made her disability worse, given her Down’s syndrome. Despite this, we established that her cognitive problems (i.e. her ability to think, learn, solve problems, remember and understand) were worse, her stamina was less and she found fine motor control (i.e. her ability to do intricate tasks) harder.
How we helped
We negotiated damages of approximately £2 million for Penny by way of lump sum and annual payments for her for life.
All names have been changed to protect the identities of the individuals
The other danger is meningococcal septicaemia, a form of blood poisoning caused by toxins that are released by the rapidly multiplying bacteria in the body. Septicaemia can be deadly, and has the potential to damage your body so badly that organs will fail, or arms and legs may need to be amputated.
Working with Meningitis Now
Enable Law is committed to supporting those who have been affected by meningitis, and that is why we have partnered with Meningitis Now, who work ceaselessly to ease the burden for families devastated by this illness. Legal claims can play a big part in this support and you can have confidence that we understand the challenges you might be facing.
Speak to an Expert Meningitis Lawyer Today
Having your Meningitis claim handled by an experienced medical negligence solicitor like the ones at Enable Law can really help. Enable Law are experienced at working with clients who are looking for a way to put their life back together. This includes help with obtaining prosthetics, assistive technology and finding suitable housing and adapting it to your needs.
If you have any doubts about treatment received for meningitis, contact us now0800 044 8488