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Artist Blinded by Meningitis Sues GP for £1 Million

Published: 02 April 2014, in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

An artist who managed to carve out a successful career despite losing her sight due to a catastrophic bout of meningitis has launched a £1 million compensation bid against a GP who she claims negligently failed to diagnose her condition in time.

The woman was on the verge of establishing herself as a glass designer when she was struck by the life-threatening infection. She spent several days in a coma before emerging with severe disabilities, including total blindness, partial deafness, balance problems and a facial palsy. However, she had since won a first class degree and had achieved recognition as an artist, despite not reaching her full potential.

The 48-year-old mother is suing the GP who examined her after she had suffered from a flu-like illness for some days which culminated in a disturbing rash appearing on her arms and midriff. Her lawyers say that the doctor misdiagnosed her condition as an upper respiratory tract infection and prescribed bed rest and plenty of fluids.

The woman’s legal team argues that the GP failed to examine the rash properly, with the result that her treatment with antibiotics was critically delayed by about five hours. However, the doctor maintains that she did her job thoroughly and that the woman was showing no signs of meningitis at the time. The doctor's lawyers argue that, in any event, an earlier diagnosis would have made no difference to the outcome.

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