A mother is claiming that the failure to diagnose her daughter's viral meningitis has now led to the girl being brain damaged. By bringing a lawsuit against the doctor, the woman says she hopes there will be more awareness concerning meningitis, and that doctors will be urged to perform more spinal taps if a patient exhibits symptoms of the disease.
Healthcare professionals in Pennsylvania may not be held strictly liable when drugs or medical devices cause injuries. However, this is not the same as saying that doctors or hospitals cannot be held liable whatsoever. It just means that the attorney for the injured party will have to prove up their claim that the medical provider was at least in part responsible for the injury.