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Meningitis can be life-changing, even when appropriate treatment is provided in a timely manner. However, if a diagnosis is missed or treatment is delayed, the avoidable consequences can be catastrophic. Thousands of families have lost loved ones to meningitis and many survivors are left with permanent after-effects such as brain damage, hearing loss, epilepsy, amputation and learning difficulties.

Half a million people living in the UK have had meningitis, with about 9,000 new viral and bacterial meningitis cases every year. Sadly, 1 in 10 cases of bacterial meningitis are fatal and 1 in 3 survivors are left with lifelong after-effects.

Meningitis can affect anyone, of any age, at any time, and a delay in diagnosis or mistreatment of meningitis can result in serious brain damage. At Boyes Turner, we can help rebuild lives and support individuals and families affected by this life-threatening disease.

What is meningitis?

Meningitis is a life-threatening infection of the protective membranes which cover the brain and spinal cord. This protective covering is called ‘the meninges’. Meningitis is most commonly caused by viral or bacterial infections, but can have other causes, such as cancer or fungal infection. Anyone can be affected by meningitis, but those at highest risk include:

Babies:

  • from Group B Streptococcus (GBS) infection:
  • if born prematurely before 37 weeks gestation;
  • whose mother had a high temperature during childbirth;
  • if born more than 18 hours after their mother’s waters broke (rupture of membranes);
  • if their mother’s previous child had GBS infection;
  • ​from E coli;
  • from exposure to infection in other ways.

Young children;
Teenagers and young adults:

  • particularly students;
  • those living away from home for the first time;
  • those living in smaller spaces with larger groups of people.

Older adults;

  • People with compromised immune systems, who are less able to fight off infection.

Starting your meningitis claim

To start your meningitis negligence claim please contact our specialist solicitors for a free, no obligation, confidential discussion. We will obtain medical records, any investigation documentation and treatment protocols. We will take detailed witness statements and instruct independent medical experts to consider the standard of care provided and the consequences of any failings in care which may be identified.

Why choose Boyes Turner?

As meningitis claims specialists, we obtain maximum compensation and rehabilitation for survivors living with the long-term effects of the disease. We obtain early financial assistance for our clients to help them recover, rehabilitate and rebuild their lives. In fatal meningitis cases we act for family and loved ones to secure answers and compensation to reflect the long term financial consequences of the patient's death for family and loved ones.

  • We are nationally acclaimed medical negligence lawyers. We are recognised as leading clinical negligence experts by Chambers Directory and Legal 500.
  • We have won awards and accreditations for our work and are known for securing maximum compensation.
  • We have an extensive and highly experienced medical negligence team with proven skills to succeed in high value, complex claims involving catastrophic injury, severe disability and fatality.
  • We provide the highest standards of advice, we work with the best medical experts and to support rehabilitation work with top UK treatment providers and many charities.

 

Meningitis negligence claims frequently asked questions

What are the signs and symptoms of meningitis?

Babies with meningitis may show just some or all of the following signs, which may appear in any order:

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What treatment is there for meningitis?

There are vaccines for some types of meningitis. These are given routinely to young children to protect them from a young age. The NHS also recommends that young teenagers, sixth formers and students going to university or living away from home for the first time should have the meningitis ACWY vaccine, which offers protection against four types of bacteria that can cause meningitis.

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What is meningitis negligence?

Any delay in suspecting meningitis and in urgent treatment once meningitis is suspected can result in severe brain or neurological injury, permanent disability from septicaemia, limb loss/amputation or death.

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What meningitis negligence injuries can lead to a meningitis compensation claim?

We are experienced in helping clients recover substantial compensation after meningitis negligence has led to:

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Our previous meningitis cases

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Our specialist Meningitis negligence claims team are considered leaders in the field and have a significant amount of expertise.
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