Bacterial Meningitis

Bacterial Meningitis

Meningitis is a medical condition that involves inflammation of the meninges, or membranes, surrounding the brain and spinal cord. The inflammation is caused by an infection that can be either bacterial or viral. In newborn children the bacterial version can be passed from the mother to their baby. It is the responsibility of the OB-GYN and primary care physician to test the mother for bacterial meningitis. From there they should test, and accurately diagnose the baby. Failure to do so may constitute medical malpractice and entitle you to damages, medical benefits and financial compensation. If your child has suffered injury, illness or death due to a failure to diagnose meningitis you should immediately speak with a Delaware Failure To Diagnose Mengitis Lawyer.

Undiagnosed Meningitis Birth Injury Attorneys Maryland

Contact the Delaware Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Shelsby & Leoni P.A. to discuss filing your claim. They have offices in Wilmington, Delaware and Baltimore, Maryland. You can reach their Wilmington, Delaware medical malpractice law office at 302-995-6210. Their Baltimore, Maryland medical malpractice law office can be contacted at 410-385-5612.

Types of Bacterial Meningitis Infections

Group B streptococcus is a very common bacteria found in many women. Simply by having it having the bacteria present does not mean the woman will become ill, nor does it mean that you will ultimately pass it on to their newborn child. Doctor’s should test pregnant women for the various bacteria that cause meningitis at weeks 35-37. If the bacteria that cause meningitis are found you will be given a cycle of antibiotics to lessen the chances that your baby becomes infected.

The 3 Main Bacteria that Cause Bacterial Meningitis are:

  1. Neisseria meningitidis
  2. Haemophilus influenza type b
  3. Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria

Symptoms of Meningitis in Newborns

Common symptoms that may indicate meningitis in your child may be:

  • Fever
  • Labored breathing
  • Loss of appetite or trouble eating
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Stiff neck
  • Irritability
  • Exhaustion
  • Seizures

Your baby may ultimately suffer brain damage, or even death, as a result of bacterial meningitis infection. If your baby exhibited any of these symptoms and your doctor failed to test, or properly diagnose, your child for meningitis you may be able to seek legal recourse in the form of a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Call a Delaware Birth Injury Attorney for a Free Consultation

Shelsby & Leoni handle medical malpractice claims on a contingency fee basis meaning they charge nothing unless they recover for you. They also offer free consultations to birth injury victims and their families so there is no reason not to contact them today. Call them at 302-995-6210 or 410-385-5612. You can also email a Delaware Meningitis Injury Attorney at Shelsby & Leoni here.

Shelsby & Leoni serve victims of medical malpractice throughout all of Delaware and Maryland including: Wilmington, Newark, Middletown, Dover, Milford, Seaford, Lewes, Elkton, Bel Air, Towson, Baltimore, Annapolis, College Park and Hyattsville.