Epilepsy is a condition which causes random seizures or fits and affects one in 100 people within the UK. The causes for the disorder are varied but sometimes there is no obvious reason for the illness. Some people suffer a head injury or an injury to the brain which causes the seizures and others have an underlying condition resulting in epilepsy. Although seizures are the main symptom of epilepsy, some people can have a seizure without being epileptic. Other causes for the seizure are usually ruled out by conducting brain scans on the patient. Seizures affect people differently. Some may appear distant and go into a trance-like state but others suffer convulsions and related symptoms. These may include loss of consciousness, jerking and shaking of the body, teeth clenching and making involuntary noises. Symptoms often differ from person to person.
Those with epilepsy can be treated with medication to control the seizures. The medication is known as anti-epilepsy medication and the dose varies depending on the severity of the condition. People with the illness often have to make lifestyle changes to stay healthy and prevent seizures. Failure to diagnose epilepsy can result in injury to the person if they are not aware of the condition.
Prevention of seizures
Those with epilepsy often make lifestyle changes to help them prevent the seizures. This may include changes to the diet and avoiding excessive intake of alcohol. The medication can prevent excessive seizures from occurring. Without medication, patients may have regular fits and could suffer an injury, for example, while walking across a road or while in a public place. Other people around them may also be unaware of what to do if the seizures have gone undiagnosed. A failure to diagnose epilepsy can be a result of negligence, particularly if the fits are recurring. This may win you a cash payout, particularly if you have suffered injury as a result.
How to file a compensation claim
Accident Advice Helpline assists those who have been injured as a result of medical negligence and can help victims to win a cash payout to help with their suffering. You can call us on our free 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 to speak with an expert regarding your case. Alternatively, you can start your claim using our online 30-second test which can give you an idea of how successful your claim is likely to be. Our no win, no fee* policy means that you won’t suffer any financial difficulty by making your claim with us.
Date Published: August 14, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Medical negligence claim