Meningitis and Medical Malpractice
Hospitals and clinics are supposed to provide patients with diagnoses and treatments to cure what ails them, but they frequently also serve to endanger patient health. Adhering to appropriate safety and sanitization procedures can help to reduce this risk. Unfortunately, negligent staff members may be responsible for spreading deadly, contagious diseases, including meningitis, which is remarkably dangerous.
To learn more about your rights and options if you have contracted meningitis as a consequence of a visit to a hospital or other medical facility, contact the New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers of Levinson Axelrod, P.A., at 800-346-5529 today.
Meningitis at Hospitals and Clinics
Across the country, many major health institutions are battling problems with training and understaffing. A shortage of properly skilled and experienced medical professionals can create conditions that threaten patient welfare. Negligent employees or those lacking the basic knowledge of sterile procedures may not be able to handle an influx of patients, particularly those suffering from such threatening conditions as meningitis. The following may contribute to the development of meningitis in otherwise uninfected patients:
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug treatments
- Particular antibiotic treatments
- Transmission from infected materials
- Proximity to contagious individuals
Physicians must consult a patient’s medical history and drug treatment history prior to making any serious decisions regarding future treatment programs. Failure to do so can prove particularly devastating for patients, occasionally causing a non-infectious form of meningitis that can still endanger the patient.
If you have suffered because of a healthcare professional’s mistakes, contracting meningitis, there may be legal action available to you. Contact the New Jersey medical malpractice attorneys of Levinson Axelrod, P.A., by calling 800-346-5529 today for more information.