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Berkowitz and Hanna LLC has years of experience working on medical malpractice and wrongful death cases, many of which result from a misdiagnosis or untimely treatment. If the misdiagnosis and/or untimely treatment can be linked to negligence or recklessness, then there are grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. Case in point is a recent Athens, Ohio meningitis death, which resulted in a $1M wrongful death settlement.

Meningitis (also known as meningococcal illness) is an infection that causes inflammation of the spinal cord and the brain. It is sometimes misdiagnosed because the symptoms are similar to the flu and other non-life-threatening illnesses, like the common cold.  However, when a patient infected with meningitis is misdiagnosed or not given timely treatment, this may result in death.

Ohio University student Andrea Robinson died from bacterial meningitis.  The lawsuit filed by her father, Joseph Robinson, stated that when her boyfriend called the university’s health center, he was told to have her take Tylenol and get some rest. When her condition worsened, she was transported (by ambulance) to O’Bleness Memorial Hospital, and then later transferred to a Columbus hospital, where she died.

The lawsuit alleged that “the university failed to adequately warn the students that there was a strain of bacterial meningitis on campus that was not covered by a vaccine.” It also claimed that Andrea Robinson’s reliance on the erroneous advice from OU’s Hudson Health Center caused her to delay going to a hospital and, subsequently, her death.  Despite initial efforts to deny any culpability in the student’s death, the university ultimately settled the lawsuit for $1M. Settlements like these are not unusual in wrongful death cases, observed Berkowitz and Hanna LLC.

Note: Berkowitz and Hanna LLC did not represent any of the parties in this case.

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