Bacterial Meningitis Claims
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The Beasley Firm has been dedicated to representing the injured for over 55 years. During this time, our firm has over $2 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients and established ourselves as leading experts in medical malpractice litigation. In fact, we are recognized by "Best Law Firms" in the area of medical malpractice, making us highly qualified to help with your bacterial meningitis claim.
We have won record-setting and impressive jury verdicts in Pennsylvania, including:
- $100 million verdict for medical negligence on behalf of a surgeon that led to newborn brain damage and amputation
- $55 million verdict for unauthorized surgical procedure that resulted in severe brain damage
- $37 million for family of infant severely injured due to medical malpractice
Our Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers are joined by doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals in the examination of your case. This medical expertise lends enormous insight into your circumstances, and enables our firm to build a case in your favor. Clients benefit from our thorough preparation and aggressive representation. At The Beasley Firm, clients are valued, cared for, and constantly updated on case proceedings.
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What Is Meningitis?
Meningitis is a bacterial infection of the meninges or the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. If meningitis is not diagnosed and treated right away it could become life-threatening due to its proximity to the brain and spinal cord.
Symptoms & Causes of Meningitis
In teenagers, college students, and adults the most common symptoms of meningitis are headache, stiff neck, fever, confusion, lethargy or tiredness, an inability to tolerate bright lights (photophobia) or loud noises (phonophobia). In newborns, infants, and small children the symptoms can be poor feeding, irritability, arching of the back, vomiting, fever, and a high pitched cry. If the anterior fontanel or soft spot is still open it can feel fuller or look as if it were bulging. Other symptoms children experience that might distinguish meningitis from other childhood illnesses are leg pain, cold extremities, and an abnormal purplish skin coloring or mottling.
Meningitis can be caused by the following organisms:
- Haemophilus influenzae
- S. pneumoniae
- Pneumococcal or mumps virus
- Neiserria meningitides (meningococcal meningitis) - This form of meningitis also produces a petechiael rash or purple spots on the skin.
- Group B Strep
- Escherichia coli (Ecoli)
- Listeria monocytogenes
- Tuberculous or TB
- Staphylococcal (staph)
Once meningitis is suspected, the patient should have a spinal tap or lumbar puncture (LP) performed unless they have a brain mass or increased intracranial pressure. A lumbar puncture takes a small sample of spinal fluid so it can be sent to the lab for testing. Once the LP is completed, physicians should not wait for the final culture report to come back to start the patient on antibiotic treatment. They should immediately start the patient on empiric antibiotics that might cover whatever bacteria the patient may have that is common in their age group. Once the culture reports return with the organism identified, the antibiotics should be switched to the most appropriate antibiotic to treat the specific bacteria.
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Early diagnosis and treatment of bacterial meningitis is necessary to prevent permanent brain damage, neurologic deficits, mental retardation, cerebral palsy, deafness, seizures or epilepsy, hydrocephalus, loss of digits or limbs, amputations, developmental delays, or death. If you or your loved one has suffered due to bacterial meningitis that was not properly diagnosed or treated, please contact one of our experienced Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers. Our highly specialized team consists of doctors and nurses who have spent thousands of hours at patient's bedsides treating individuals with infections and meningitis. To date, we have had over $2 billion awarded on behalf of our injured clients with multiple million and multi-million verdicts and settlements. Of these winnings, we have set the record for the two highest jury verdict settlements in medical malpractice history in Pennsylvania.
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