Epilepsy is a disorder of the brain which causes symptoms of seizures, feelings of confusion, mood swings and disorientation. A person having a seizure may not be convulsing at all but they may appear confused and behave out of the ordinary. If you suspect an epileptic seizure is occurring there are some things you can do to prevent them from injuring themselves.
Gently guide them away from any danger but don’t restrain them as they may panic. Speak calmly and remind them where they are if they appear confused. Stay with them until they recover and seek medical help. If the person is having a convulsing seizure, just allow the seizure to run its course. Try to move them out the way of danger and check the length of the seizure. If it continues for longer than 30 minutes seek medical help. Keep them comfortable and don’t put anything in the mouth.
Check the airways once the seizure stops and roll them into the recovery position. If they go into shock, they may appear pale and they may be hyperventilating. Begin treating epileptic shock by phoning emergency services and having the person lie down. Keep them warm and comfortable, removing any constrictive clothing until help arrives.
Accidents involving epilepsy
There is a high risk of injury if a person has a seizure and they may become more ill if no-one begins treating epileptic shock with basic first aid and care. If the person is aware that they have epilepsy, they should be given a wristband with their details on to ensure that they can be taken home safely if they have a seizure in a public place. If they are in the workplace, employers must take precautions to ensure that they do not over-exert themselves; do not become too hot or cold or become over-stressed. This can cause a seizure to begin.
Regular breaks and regular health and safety meetings should be held for anyone with a medical condition to ensure that they are working without risk to themselves. However, if these are not held and you have a seizure causing yourself injury, you may be able to hold them liable. If you are injured at work you can call Accident Advice Helpline for assistance. We can help you to make a compensation claim if there is evidence that someone else was at fault for any injuries you have sustained. Call us today free for no-obligation advice on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: October 1, 2014
Author: David Brown