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If not detected or treated quickly, it can cause serious harm to an infant.
Physicians should have the experience and knowledge needed in order to handle any birth complications that arise. If your baby was injured due to a doctor or hospital's negligence, they should be held accountable. You should not have to bear the cost of injuries due to the mistake of a health care professional.
Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges, which are the membranes that line the brain and spinal cord. It can also be referred to as spinal meningitis. It is either caused by a virus or by bacteria that travel through the bloodstream due to an infection in a different part of the body. Although it is less common, a fungal infection can also cause meningitis.
When it affects babies up to 2 or 3 months, is is called neonatal meningitis. Meningitis can be very serious and if there is any delay in detection or treatment, a baby could be at great risk of developing hearing loss, brain damage, disability and in some cases death.
The bacteria that causes meninges can be transferred between mother and baby. That's why it is important that a pregnant woman has a virus screening for the disease. The screening should be done between 35 to 37 weeks of pregnancy. It is then that a doctor will know for sure if the mother has Group B Strep.
Most women do not even know if they have Group B Strep. It's estimated that as many as 40% of women carry it without even knowing it. This is because there are generally no symptoms that indicate that the mother is infected.
When a baby has meningitis, some of the most common symptoms include:
The symptoms for a newborn with meningitis may be more difficult to determine.
It is important that meningitis be treated quickly. The bacteria that affects the brain can cause serious brain damage and death. Some other possible conditions can be paralysis and cerebral palsy.
Failure of a doctor or medical professional to respond correctly, diagnose a condition, or pay attention leading up to and throughout a birth, can result in a debilitating injury to your newborn. You should not have to bear the cost of injuries due to their mistake.
If your baby has been injured due to complications from meningitis, contact Willens Law Offices now. Our experienced Chicago birth injury attorneys will be able to help you understand your legal rights and options. Call us at (312) 957-4166 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your FREE consultation.
The plaintiff went to a Chicago hospital for delivery of twins via cesarean section. In the delivery room, a suspicious rash was recognized on one of the twins and later, fecal and urine cultures confirmed the presence of candida. She was started on prophylactic anti-fungal medicine and is healthy. The other twin was clear of any rash and though she was at risk for fungal infection, she was not treated in a timely manner. Later, a head ultrasound and MRI confirmed the diagnosis and damage to her brain. A lawsuit was filed on the plaintiff’s behalf. The case was vigorously defended by lawyers for the physician and the hospital that he worked for over 3 years. Eventually, a mediation took place at which time the defendants offered $3,000,000 to settle, which the plaintiff rejected. It was not until trial that the case settled for $10,000,000.
Birth injury cases are among the most complicated medical malpractice cases to litigate. With years of experience in birth trauma litigation our legal team has the skills, the resources and experience necessary to address and win a wide variety of birth injury cases. Our legal team has secured millions of dollars in compensation for birth injury victims.
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