Seizures can be caused by certain conditions of the brain, most commonly epilepsy. The seizures themselves are often a side-effect or symptom of an underlying medical condition such as a brain tumour pressing on certain areas of the brain, a stroke or an infection. They can also be caused by drug use, heart conditions, severe electric shock, kidney failure, extremely high blood pressure or by a head injury. Although they are commonly associated with convulsions, not every seizure is the same. They can manifest in different ways and can be difficult to spot, particularly if no convulsions occur.
An individual may at first appear distant or even in a day dream and may not be aware of who the people are around them. During a convulsive seizure a person may begin to shake and jerk around violently, drool or froth at the mouth and black out. Anyone around a person who is having a seizure should ensure that the person is protected from injury by moving furniture and objects out of the way. Medical attention should be sought, particularly if the person has never had a seizure before. Failure to diagnose seizures can be dangerous as medication is often needed to relieve suffering.
Failure to diagnose seizures
Anyone who has sought medical attention for a suspected seizure and was not diagnosed may have a recurring incident or an underlying medical condition. It is also dangerous as the undiagnosed patient may put themselves at risk by taking part in activities they should be avoiding. The underlying cause may also be a serious medical condition such as a brain tumour. Although they are relatively rare, a failure to notice seizures by your medical professional could result in the tumour progressing. In addition, the seizures can be relieved by appropriate medication therefore a failure to diagnose may mean you are not treated and suffer more seizures as a result. If you have not been diagnosed or someone has failed to diagnose you correctly, you may be able to make a claim for compensation where there is evidence of negligence.
How to claim for medical negligence
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which has been in business helping victims of negligence for almost 14 years. Should you have suffered because your doctor failed to diagnose you with seizures or another condition, you may be able to win a cash payout to help you cope financially with any loss in wages or medical costs. Call our free 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 to discuss your case with an expert. We operate under a no win, no fee policy so there is no need to worry about paying anything upfront to pursue your case.
Date Published: August 14, 2014
Author: David Brown