Anyone can get meningococcal disease or meningitis. Death occurs in about 10 to 15 out of every100 people infected with meningococcal disease. About 11 to 19 out of every 100 survivors will have long-term disabilities, such as loss of limb(s), deafness, nervous system problems, or brain damage.
Bacterial meningitis has been said to be one of the most serious infections occurring in infants and older children. Meningitis infections are associated with a high rate of acute complications and the risk of long-term morbidity.
Attorneys, physicians, hospitals, risk managers, insurers, employers, and other potential parties to litigation need to understand the types of litigation issues that may arise in connection with an injury related to meningococcal disease or meningitis.