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Successful Ohio Lawsuit is Important Reminder about Dangers of Meningitis and Importance of Medical Providers Taking Appropriate Actions

By: Joseph Smith

Ohio University has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the father of a student who died of bacterial meningitis in 2010. The student died days after she became ill with a headache and fever. From February 16, 2009 until February 7, 2010, six students had been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis and were treated; however, school officials decided not to disclose that it was Strain B meningitis which is not prevented by the meningitis vaccine.Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawyer

On the night of February 14, 2010, the student began experience headaches, a stiff neck, and chills. The next morning she and her boyfriend called the school's health center and explained her symptoms, only to be told to take Tylenol, drink water and rest. The student's symptoms worsened that day to the point she called an ambulance and was taken to a local hospital where she was diagnosed with meningitis. She died two days later without regaining consciousness.

Following her death, the student's father brought suit against the school alleging negligence and wrongful death. The school argued that the student had never actually gone to the health center and spoke to a doctor. It also argued that those who cared for the student at the hospital were negligent. This in spite of the fact the attending doctor at the health center testified at her deposition that she had concerns that nurses and medical assistants were not properly identifying meningitis in students.

This case is an important reminder of the dangers of meningitis, a swelling and infection of the membranes around the brain and spinal cord. If not treated quickly and with appropriate medical case it can result in serious brain damage, or as like this case, death. These potentially fatal consequences make it so important to get proper medical care as soon as possible. It also makes it incredibly important for medical professionals to properly identify and treat meningitis – a failure to diagnose or confusing it with a common cold or the flu can be deadly.

The personal injury attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., have years of experience representing individuals who have been seriously injured as a result of the negligence of medical professionals. These cases require attorneys who understand the very serious consequences of such negligence and the dedication and skill it takes to succeed on these claims. If you or someone you love have been injured as a result of medical negligence, please call the attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel, P.C. for a free consultation.