Seizures are a neurological disorder that upset the normal workings of the brain. In most cases, extreme neurological activity can cause unconsciousness, excessive and uncontrollable motor activity and may even lead to death. Although there are many factors that can trigger a seizure event, some may be related to preventable medical procedures, like a birth injury, medication, or certain immunizations. Compensation may be sought by filing a medical malpractice or birth injury lawsuit against responsible parties in the case of seizure disorders.
Not all seizures are the result of Epilepsy, but that is the most common and widely known seizure disorder. Seizures that are not related to Epilepsy are called non-epileptic seizures abbreviated NES.
- Epileptic seizures always originate in the brain and are caused by an electrical disturbance.
- Non-epileptic seizures are triggered by some other event such as a fall or lack of oxygen to the brain.
Organic NES have an underlying physical cause that usually can be identified. These seizures may be triggered by an underlying heart condition or may be brought on by medications or even immunizations. In one famous case, a 4 year old boy and his family were awarded over $4 million after suffering severe seizures after receiving a DPT immunization.
Other causes of seizure disorder include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Brain tumors
- High fever
Signs and Symptoms
Sometimes seizures are obvious, with severe muscular contractions of the extremities, sometimes the symptoms are less noticeable. Other signs and symptoms of seizures include:
- Blurred vision
- Eyes rolling back in the head
- Loss of consciousness
- Clenched teeth
Seizure Disorder Litigation
Obviously, people suffering from seizure disorders that are passed on genetically and do not have an outside causes cannot sue and collect damages. Seizures that are proven to have an outside cause, like a traumatic brain injury accident, medication reaction, or failure to diagnose a brain tumor, may lead to actionable litigation allowing the victim to collect damages.
Some of the practice areas that may address someone suffering from seizure disorder include:
An experienced Orlando attorney will assess your case in order to determine the best course of action for your case. Please contact a Melbourne brain injury attorney at Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter for a free initial consultation. We will examine every aspect of your case and you don’t pay us unless we collect on your claim.