$10 Million Meningitis Settlement

A 22 year old man woke up one morning running a temperature. Later in the day he suffered from blurred vision and a headache, and he had a minor seizure. He went to an emergency room where a doctor gave him a brief evaluation. While these symptoms should warrant a CT scan, the attending doctor sent the patient home without conducting one.

A couple days later, the young man returned to the hospital experiencing what he described as the worst headache he has ever had. He was also vomiting and was extremely sensitive to light.

The same doctor prescribed Reglan to ease the stomach pain. He again declined to order a CT scan because the patient was feeling somewhat better after taking the Reglan.

Days later the young woke up in the middle of the night, delirious and with a dangerously high temperature. He was rushed to the emergency room where he was finally given a full evaluation. The tests revealed that he had meningitis, a bacterial infection of the membranes covering the brain. Because of the unnecessary delay in treatment, the infection was allowed to abscess, causing permanent brain damage.

Because of the doctor's failure to diagnose and treat meningitis, the young man is now blind and cognitively impaired. He cannot walk and has trouble speaking. He was in a coma for three months and suffers from constant recurrent infections.

The attorneys at DeLuca & Weizenbaum represented this young man in a medical malpractice suit and secured a settlement in excess of $10 million dollars. This settlement will allow his family to pay for the enormous financial burden they bear as a result of the doctor's negligent treatment. We hope this compensation also allows the young man to lead as fulfilling a life as possible.