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Dx w/ bacterial meningitis which stemmed from an epidural - what kind of case is this if any

Panama City, FL |

after 2 ER visits and 1.5 mos of hospitalization, 3 heart attacks, 2 back surgeries, is this some sort of malpractice if this wasnt caught by the 1st ER doc who didnt run the appropriate tests to dx meningitis in the 1st place, the same ER doc who gave an epidural instead, which treating docs say CAUSED the meningitis?

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Your case certainly merits further investigation. As soon as is conveniently possible you should contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney, who will obtain your medical records and have them reviewed by the appropriate specialists.


See a medical malpractice lawyer in your area. What you allege may be a failure to diagnose (or misdiagnosis case) with serious injuries/damages.

This needs a prompt and thorough review by counsel.

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There are currently some class action lawsuits against the Massachusetts formulator that caused the meningitis outbreak. You would have to confirm with the doctor that your epidural was on the contaminated list. If it is then just Google epidural meningitis class action and see what attorneys are taking these cases on.

Good luck.

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Bacterial meningitis following an epidural is rare and very serious. It would likely be classified as an iatrogenic injury (caused by medical intervention) It is worth contacting a medical malpractice lawyer who will investigate whether the solution was itself compromised (other people may have been contaminated as well),whether sterile technique was followed and whether the hospital and or doctor should have recognized the signs and symptoms of an evolving infection in order to render prompt intervention.


Did you get a contaminated steroid injection? Lawsuits currently for that now.

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