Epilepsy occurs most commonly in young children and those over 65, but diagnosis can be tricky, as there are a range of other conditions with similar symptoms. Epilepsy affects over 500,000 people in the UK – that’s 1 in every 100 people.
The most common symptom is seizures, where the brain’s electrical impulses are disrupted, causing the body to convulse. Some people will lose consciousness and have severe convulsions, whilst others may simply appear to go into a trance for a few minutes.
GP’s and neurologists will need a description of seizures in order to diagnose epilepsy and the condition is not usually diagnosed until an individual has had two seizures, as many people without epilepsy can suffer from one seizure in their lifetime. Brain scans such as an MRI or EEG can also be used to help identify unusual brain activity.
Seizures can be controlled with the use of anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs), which are effective in around 70% of cases. However, these drugs can be dangerous and are also known to cause birth defects in babies when prescribed to epileptic mothers. Conditions such as migraines, diabetes, panic attacks and narcolepsy present with similar symptoms to epilepsy, and misdiagnosis could be dangerous.
Have you been affected by epilepsy misdiagnosis?
Whether you or your child has been affected by epilepsy misdiagnosis, the consequences could be serious. Taking anti-epileptic drugs when you don’t have epilepsy could be harmful to your health, not to mention that other conditions could become worse if you are not taking the correct medication.
If you have epilepsy and this isn’t picked up by your GP, you could continue to experience seizures which affect your ability to work and your quality of life. If you have suffered as a result of misdiagnosis, claiming compensation could be an option.
Seeking advice from a personal injury lawyer will help you to decide whether this is the right choice for you, but remember that there is a time limit in place to make a claim.
Should you make a claim for compensation?
The decision whether or not to make a claim for compensation is a very personal one, and Accident Advice Helpline is here to help you make an informed decision. For this reason, we offer confidential, no-obligation advice to anyone who is considering their options.
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