Ohio University Sued Over Fatal Meningitis Infection

Ohio University Sued Over Fatal Meningitis InfectionThe family of an Ohio University student who died in 2010 of meningitis has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the university for the allegedly negligent care its health center provided to the girl.

The university is accused of failing to properly inform its students of past cases of the infection on campus and of failing to provide information about the warning signs of the disease, according to the Columbus Dispatch. 

Andrea Robinson, an Ohio University student, contracted bacterial meningitis in February of 2010 and sought help from the university's clinic, the medical malpractice lawsuit states. The Hudson Health Center failed to correctly diagnose her and told her to get rest, drink fluids and take Tylenol, the suit claims. 

Ohio University has denied Robinson's family's claims, adding that the girl's "negligence was the sole proximate cause of her injuries and subsequent death."

According to the American College Health Association, infants are at the highest risk for contracting meningitis. Rates of infection fall in childhood but rise again in adolescence, spiking between the ages of 15 and 20. For this reason and due to crowded living conditions, college students who live in residence halls are especially at risk of contracting meningococcal disease.