Seizures, also known as fits or convulsions, cause the muscles in the body to involuntarily contract. They’re caused by disturbance of the brain’s electrical activity and usually cause loss of consciousness. Epilepsy is the most common cause but other causes could include:
- Brain damaging disease
- Head injury
- Poisons, including alcohol
- Shortage of glucose/oxygen in the brain
The casualty may have an ‘aura’ or brief warning before their seizure – they may have a strange smell, taste or feeling. Look out for sudden loss of consciousness and a rigid, arching back. They may also experience:
- Loss of bladder/bowel controlled
- Noisy/laboured breathing
- Blood-stained saliva from their mouth
Usually they will relax, breathing will become normal and consciousness is recovered in a few minutes, although they may feel tired and unaware of their surroundings, or drift into a deep sleep.
When treating seizures, you need to protect the casualty from injury; ease their fall if they are falling, move bystanders away and give them space. Check for and remove hazards such as sharp objects and protect their head with a pillow or padding if possible. If their seizure continues for over five minutes or they are unconscious for over 10 minutes, call an ambulance. When treating seizures, you should never try to restrain the casualty or put anything in their mouth.
Have you suffered from seizures?
When suffering a seizure, you’re usually unaware of your surroundings, so you rely on other people to make sure you don’t injure yourself. If you have suffered from a seizure at work or in a public place and nobody has come to your aid, or if they have restrained you and caused you further injury, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation. The amount of compensation you receive will depend on your pain and suffering, any loss of earnings from time off work and the cost of any medical treatment needed.
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Date Published: October 10, 2014
Author: David Brown