If a medical practitioner has either failed to correctly diagnose meningitis or has failed to quickly identify the symptoms of meningitis of either you or a family, Slater and Gordon Lawyers can help you to seek compensation. Please call our specialist meningitis misdiagnosis claims team on freephone 0800 916 9049 or use our contact form to start your claim online.
What is meningitis misdiagnosis?
Meningitis is one of the fastest developing types of infection, causing the sufferer to become seriously ill in just a matter of hours. Due to the rapid rate at which meningitis can worsen and become life-threatening, it’s crucial to receive medical attention as soon as possible after symptoms are spotted.
If you go to a doctor and they fail to identify the symptoms of meningitis so that you can be treated as a matter of urgency, or they are too slow to spot the symptoms, this could lead to the infection becoming much worse. Any unnecessary delays can prove life-threatening.
A doctor may also neglect to carry out certain tests which can determine whether the illness is meningitis or something else. Meningitis symptoms can sometimes be difficult to spot as they often appear similar to the symptoms of other conditions. This is why such tests are essential, as they help a medical professional to make the correct diagnosis.
If you feel that your doctor failed to correctly identify your symptoms or caused an unnecessary delay in your treatment, you could have a case for medical misdiagnosis. To find out whether you are entitled to claim compensation, please don’t hesitate to contact the medical misdiagnosis claims team at Slater and Gordon Lawyers to discuss your case.
What can happen if meningitis is misdiagnosed?
A serious infection such as meningitis needs to be caught and treated early or it could lead to long-lasting health problems or even death. For example, bacterial meningitis can cause hearing loss, brain damage, loss of memory, epilepsy, septicaemia (which can lead to loss of limbs) or a number of other conditions.
It can be difficult to prove to a court that a delay or error in diagnosis caused any of these conditions - as they can develop even if meningitis is treated early - but an expert solicitor will be able to tell you whether or not your claim is likely to be successful.
Does meningitis misdiagnosis mainly happen with children?
Meningitis can affect people of any age, but it’s most common in babies, children and young adults. If a member of your family who is under 18 has suffered meningitis and you believe a medical misdiagnosis made their condition worse, you can call our team to discuss making a claim on their behalf.
What happens if a loved one has died from meningitis misdiagnosis?
Our solicitors may also be able to assist if you intend to claim on behalf of someone who has died. We can help you to take legal action for their pain and suffering, to cover financial losses caused by their death and to pay for the funeral. Our specialists can represent you at the inquest and enable you to get the answers you deserve from the people responsible.
We may also be able to help you access a statutory bereavement award. This is separate to a compensation claim and is intended to reflect your grief in relation to a wrongful death. You may be eligible to receive this money if you’re the parent (if the person was under 18), spouse or civil partner of the individual who died.
Please call us on freephone 0800 916 9049 with the details of what happened and we’ll provide advice you can rely on about the next steps to take.
How to start a claim for meningitis misdiagnosis
If you’re not sure whether or not you have a valid case for medical misdiagnosis, the first thing to do is to seek expert legal advice. Slater and Gordon Lawyers has an experienced team of specialist medical negligence solicitors who are renowned for their skill, expertise and dedication.
Simply explain what happened before, during and after the diagnosis, providing details of your symptoms and what medical attention you received. Our solicitors may also ask about any symptoms or problems you’ve experienced since the misdiagnosis. Even if you made a full recovery, you may feel that you suffered unnecessarily or that your life was needlessly put in danger as a result of the negligence of a medical professional.
With all of these details, our highly trained solicitors will assess your case and tell you if you’re able to claim compensation. We aim to be clear, honest and straightforward at all times, explaining everything in plain language and being realistic about your chances of success.
Why choose us?
Meningitis misdiagnosis claims are often complex. You’ll need to prove that a doctor made a mistake or was negligent when diagnosing your symptoms, or that another medical professional working at the same level would have acted differently.
To prove negligence and win your case, you need a legal expert with extensive experience in medical misdiagnosis cases on your side. This is where Slater and Gordon Lawyers can help. We’re one of the largest law firms in the UK, with specialist personal injury and medical negligence teams based in many locations. Simply contact us on freephone 0800 916 9049 or via our online contact form to discuss your case.
What are No Win, No Fee agreements?
You shouldn’t be left out of pocket when you pursue a medical negligence claim, which is why we offer many of our services at no financial risk to you. The majority (98%) of our clinical and medical negligence cases are funded by a No Win, No Fee agreement. This is also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement and it means you won’t pay our solicitors any fees unless we win your case. We’ll explain exactly how this arrangement works upfront, so there are never any surprise bills to pay later on.
To find out whether you could take advantage of our No Win, No Fee agreements in your meningitis misdiagnosis claim, contact Slater and Gordon Lawyers today.