Tennessee Personal Injury Law: Dangers And Signs Of Meningitis
Adults in the United States are sometimes infected with invasive elements that trigger a condition in the brain called meningitis. There are many ways to become afflicted with this disease, and the results can be fatal if it is left untreated or misdiagnosed. Regardless of whether a lawsuit is necessary, it’s crucial that persons suffering from effects of Meningitis take medical action as soon as possible.
Symptoms Of Meningitis
There are several types of meningitis, but they all cause patients to exhibit the same sort of symptoms in almost every reported case. Although modern medical standards maintain various other possible factors on a case-by-case basis, the following are the most common and noticeable symptoms of meningitis:
- Stiff or tense neck;
- Fevered body temperature; and
- Difficulty concentrating.
Meningitis Personal Prevention Tactics
There are various methods for individuals wishing to take action towards decreasing their risk of contracting meningitis. The type of infection that caused the disease to manifest determines the proper course of action.
Meningitis caused by bacterial infection is most successfully prevented by vaccinations suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If an individual is frequently in close contact with a meningitis patient, then he or she is also entitled to antibiotic prevention treatments. A healthy and sanitary lifestyle is also productive towards protecting oneself from infection-causing bacteria that results in meningitis.
Oddly enough, funguses are often responsible for infections that cause meningitis. This fungal variety can be transferred via contact with feces from certain animal species as well as soil containing spores of infection-inducing fungus. Some medicines can raise the risk of meningitis, and so can conditions that weaken the immune system.
In order to decrease the chances of contracting meningitis caused by viral infections, the best course of action is to maintain good sanitation and a healthy lifestyle. Avoiding contact with sick individuals is also key, even if the illness in question is not related to meningitis, due to the fact that weaker immune systems make a person more susceptible to culprit infections.
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Medical Regulations Regarding Meningitis
Hospitals and other medical institutions are required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to abide by strict policies that discourage conditions permitting meningitis and other dangerous infections. A clean environment is critical to a hospital’s success. The CDC also requires that medical establishments keep on their staffs at least on specialist qualified to enforce modern infection prevention regulations.
Variations Of Meningitis
Bacterial meningitis most typically is the result of blood that has become infected with bacteria and carried to critical parts of the nervous system. In these situations, bacteria enter the bloodstream by some sort of skin-breaking damage. Skull fracturing and standard sinus or ear infections can also cause meningitis-inducing bacteria to enter the body.
Fungal meningitis, although uncommon, can be very dangerous for the afflicted individual. Spores that cause meningitis of this type are more likely to infect a person whose immune system is low-functioning or operating at a decreased capacity due to other medical conditions.
Viral meningitis affects the highest number of people in the United States. It is the least severe type of this disease, and is not reportedly responsible for any fatalities at this point in time.
The following methods of care are recommended depending on the type of meningitis suffered:
- Bacterial meningitis infections are potentially fatal, and the best treatment is typically immediate administration of antibiotics.
- Fungal meningitis is often more harmful than the bacterial variety, and requires the most extensive treatment procedures. Patients suffering from this type are almost always required prolonged hospital stays.
- Viral Meningitis: It’s fortunate that this is the least harmful form of the disease, because the only guaranteed way to recover from this type is to wait it out. Usually, viral meningitis infections only last few weeks.
Legal Representation For Meningitis Cases
Contact our offices if you or a loved one is suffering from any form of meningitis and suspect that some degree of fault was involved in the disease’s contraction. Of course, not every case of meningitis has liability issues, and so legal action only is necessary to a few specific malpractice situations. Medical institutions that do not abide by proper sanitation guidelines or doctors who misdiagnoses cases of meningitis might be at risk of a lawsuit if the patient can prove such faults.
Our team of attorneys has the experience, resources, and connections ideal for determining qualifications for compensation, and if so, success in achieving the maximum amount. The sooner evidence is documented, the higher a patient’s chances of proving liability and receiving the damages that they deserve.