Meningitis is an infection that can lead to swelling of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord and can prove fatal. It can occur when the birthing process is delayed or prolonged.
The effects can be devastating and can result in many potential problems for the newborn. Besides the possibility that a child can lose his or her life, baby meningitis can lead to epilepsy, vision problems, hearing loss and mental impairment, to name a few.
Part of the problem is that meningitis can often be misdiagnosed, since the symptoms mirror less serious illnesses, such as the flu. In many cases, a child will needlessly suffer more serious side effects when the condition is misdiagnosed.
Did you know that a healthcare professional could be held responsible for negligence? An experienced Kentucky birth injury attorney can help you build a solid case and hold that healthcare professional liable.
If you or someone you know has a child who has suffered from meningitis and you believe it was the result of medical malpractice, you should contact one of our experienced Northern Kentucky birth injury attorneys at the law office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297.