Meningitis is an infection that can develop rapidly and your child could become seriously ill within hours. Failure by a GP or hospital doctor to diagnose meningitis quickly and accurately can result in permanent physical and psychological disabilities and, in some instances, the loss of life.
In many cases, meningitis may initially develop without any recognisable symptoms or symptoms that are mistaken for a different condition. As there are many different types of meningitis, it is crucial that a doctor performs multiple tests so that a correct diagnosis can be made.
Following recovery from meningitis and septicaemia, you or a loved one may be left with a severe and permanent disability. When a life-changing, permanent injury, which could have been avoided, is caused by symptoms that were missed, misdiagnosed or mistreated, the impact upon the whole family can be devastating.
Cases of meningitis misdiagnosis can often be complex.
Cases of clinical negligence involving the misdiagnosis or substandard treatment of meningitis can often be complicated, but a hospital trust has a legal ‘Duty of Candour’ to both inform and apologise to patients if mistakes have been made while in their care.
However, it may not always be so straightforward to obtain a proper explanation as to what happened and where the responsibility may lie.
It is vitally important that you seek a legal expert who has specialist knowledge of the key medical issues, together with a sympathetic and sensitive understanding of how everyone involved is affected.
If you have contracted Meningitis and it was either missed or diagnosed as something else, you may have a claim. With a wealth of specialist knowledge in meningitis misdiagnosis cases, we can provide support, advice and guidance throughout the process. There are no upfront fees or payments, so talk to Your Legal Friend today for more information.
Claiming for Meningitis misdiagnosis compensation
Your Legal Friend has many years of experience in successfully resolving complex meningitis misdiagnosis cases. We can help you:
- Find out the reason why you or a member of your family were not given the duty of care you were owed.
- Secure appropriate compensation to ensure that the financial demands of providing the necessary special care, support, treatment and equipment will be properly met, both now and in the future.
For a case like this to be successful, you need to prove that:
- The doctor, surgeon or hospital was in breach of the duty of care they owed to their patient.
- The care received fell below the standard that could “reasonably be expected” from a specialist in the field.
- The lack of care led directly to the injury or harm which was a “reasonably foreseeable consequence” of the actions or omissions of the doctor or other person providing the treatment.
As experienced clinical negligence specialists, we know that you and your family may feel shocked and devastated that you may not have received the necessary, appropriate standard of care or treatment. We also know that families need to find answers as to why the health care system has failed them at their time of greatest need.
There can often be an enormous emotional hurdle to overcome before even deciding to seek legal advice. You also need to have confidence that the clinical negligence team you've chosen possess the in-depth knowledge and experience of both the complex legal and medical issues involved in securing a successful meningitis misdiagnosis claim.
However, from the first time we discuss your case, our experienced medical negligence solicitors will treat you with the highest degree of sympathetic and sensitive understanding and provide you with the expert guidance you need.
We are committed to ensuring we properly investigate what went wrong and why, and to make those responsible for their failure to provide you with an appropriate standard of care account for their actions. If we can prove your case, we will secure the maximum compensation for you including loss of earnings, rehabilitation costs, therapy, support, care and specialist equipment, so that your current and future medical treatment and care needs are properly met.