Encephalitis is a technical term for inflammation of the brain and is a relatively rare condition with various underlying causes. Inflammation is a direct reaction of the immune system and could be the result of an infection or tumour on the brain. The inflammation could also be caused by a reaction to a previous infection or it could be the result of an auto-immune disorder such as HIV. In rare cases, the cause is unknown. Treatment is difficult but can consist of a combination of steroid injections, immunosuppressant medication and anti-viral medication.
As encephalitis can cause serious complications, it is important that it is diagnosed quickly and the patient is sent to a hospital for treatment and observation. The symptoms include flu-like fevers, joint pain and headaches followed by confusion, seizures, drowsiness and changes in behaviour if the condition is allowed to progress. As it shares symptoms with other conditions (such as Meningitis) diagnosis can be difficult in the early stages. Doctors often use a CT scan or MRI scan to diagnose encephalitis and distinguish it from other brain disorders such as a stroke or aneurysm. A failure to diagnose encephalitis can have serious repercussions for a patient and can result in complications or even mortality if left untreated.
Many patients recover fully from the condition but some do suffer complications as a direct result of encephalitis. Some memory loss, epilepsy and extreme tiredness are common complaints after suffering from this condition but can be attributed to the inflammation and are often no-one else’s fault. However, if your doctor misdiagnosed you with flu and failed to send you to a specialist upon progression of your symptoms, you may have been a victim of negligence. If you suffered delays in receiving an MRI scan or you were not prescribed the correct treatment and suffered complications as a result, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
Claiming for medical negligence
If you suffered a failure to diagnose encephalitis and you suffered injury or deteriorating health as a result, Accident Advice Helpline can assist you. You can make a compensation claim where there is evidence of negligence and we can represent you, making the process go more smoothly. Your compensation can help you cope with any medical costs or any loss of wages you may have sustained as a result of the misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose. Our helpline is available 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 and is free to call so you can receive no-obligation advice at any time. Our no win, no fee* policy means that you won’t suffer financially by making your claim with our team.