Physicians often misdiagnose people who have seizures. This may worsen seizures or cause other health problems. There are also incidents where a medical error that causes an injury can lead to seizures. When seizures start happening or worsen due to medical negligence, a lawsuit is the only way to receive adequate compensation to cover future costs of necessary medical care.
What Causes Seizures?
Seizures are caused by irregular brain activity. Something as small as sleep deprivation or as big as a serious cardiac event can cause changes in brain activity that trigger a seizure. These are some of the most common seizure causes that are related to incorrect or delayed diagnoses.
When a person has seizures, a doctor must conduct several tests to rule out the possibility that it is another condition instead of epilepsy. If all other conditions are ruled out and epilepsy is the diagnosis, electrical brain mapping is done to help the physician conduct a surgery safely. During a surgery, surgeons must adhere to very strict and precise operating methods. If these standards are not followed and proper care is not taken, a seizure can be triggered during the procedure. Patients who suffer seizures during surgery may have a medical malpractice case against the health care professionals conducting the procedure.
Meningitis And Brain Infections
Meningitis is a life-threatening condition where the brain and spinal cord membranes become inflamed from an infection. It can be caused by fungal, bacterial and viral infections. Any brain infection that is wrongly diagnosed or diagnosed too late can be fatal. People who survive meningitis may have permanent damage.
Sodium And Glucose Levels Changing
When glucose and sodium levels change drastically, a person’s brain activity changes. The result can often be a seizure. Physicians should test a patient for sodium and glucose levels before making any other diagnosis.
If a patient is honest about medications he or she takes and a doctor prescribes another medication that interacts and triggers a seizure, the doctor is at fault. Some medications may cause seizures in people who have existing conditions that should prohibit them from taking the prescription. If this is the case and the doctor prescribes such a medication anyway, the patient has legal recourse for any ensuing damages. The same is true if a patient reports having seizures from a medication known for causing them and the doctor does not discontinue the medication.
Hormonal changes can trigger seizures. If a patient has hormonal changes from puberty, pregnancy or for any other reason and a physician does not consider those changes, a wrong diagnosis often follows. When a wrong diagnosis comes with medications or unnecessary treatment, the patient may suffer injuries or permanent damages.
Are My Seizures Happening Because Of Negligence?
If you or a loved on in your family started having seizures after taking a medication or receiving medical treatment for a specific diagnosis or if your existing seizures worsened, you may be entitled to compensation. For more information or to find out if you have a case, contact one of our experienced medical malpractice attorneys today for a free and confidential consultation.