I suffered from a brain infection that was not diagnosed by my doctor. Can I sue for my damages?

I am sorry to hear about your infection. Brain infections are called encephalitis when the brain tissue is involved in the infection, or meningitis when membranes covering the brain form the infection. When a brain infection occurs, the symptoms vary greatly. They often depend on the type of bacteria involved, the person’s age, the infection location, the type of infection, and how serious the infection is. Some common symptoms include vomiting, severe headaches, fever, intense pain when moving the head or neck, nausea, lethargy, and drowsiness.

Brain infections can be caused by a number of medical conditions. The success of recovering from brain infections is often highly dependent on whether the infection is diagnosed early and properly treated. Often, health care providers will detect brain infections through an exam. This may involve an eye exam, MRIs, CT scans, or other brain imaging tests. Treatment normally involves antibiotics and steroids.

In order to be successfully treated, the infection must be properly diagnosed. If it is not, the patient could die or be left with lifelong severe neurological disabilities. If the health care provider did not properly diagnose or treat the condition quickly, the health care provider may be liable for medical malpractice.

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries as a result of a brain infection that was not properly diagnosed or quickly treated, you may be able to seek compensation. Call me, Conal Doyle, Los Angeles medical malpractice attorney, at 310-385-0567. My team can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.