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Posted on 12th May 2017

Misdiagnosis of meningitis caused brain damage

A girl taken to A&E at Dorset County hospital at the age of six was left with brain damage after the hospital discharged her even though she had meningitis. She is now 13 years old and has made a claim for compensation.

In 2010 the girl was taken to A&E with symptoms including a high temperature. Later that day the girl was discharged but had to be rushed back to hospital the next day because her condition got worse.

It was then that the diagnosis of meningococcal septicaemia was made but the girl had suffered from brain damage as a result of the illness.

The Dorset County Hospitals NHS Trust have not admitted liability but have agreed to settle the clinical negligence compensation claim whilst a spokesman for the trust confirmed a “full and robust investigation has been carried out and learning shared with staff across the hospital”


Early diagnosis of meningitis is very important and this news story highlights how quickly the illness can move from treatable to being catastrophic.

Misdiagnosis of any illness can cause life changing complications. If you have had an illness misdiagnosed which has gone on to cause you serious injury, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim for medical negligence.

Contact us on 0330 355 9210 or for a free claim assessment.