Seizures are a medical condition that can have many causes and manifest in a number of ways. Defined by a sudden surge of electrical activity in the brain, seizure victims can experience intense physical muscle contractions or appear to simply be lost in a fog during the time the seizure is controlling their body and mind.
Current data from the Epilepsy Foundation points to 1 in every 26 people in the United States developing epilepsy at some point in their lifetime. As one of the oldest medical conditions in history, epilepsy is still not widely discussed or understood by those who do not suffer from it. In fact, many people who witness someone having a seizure become frightened and do not know how to treat the person with the condition during or after their episode.
Epilepsy is a condition that refers to the tendency for a person to have seizures, and it does not any other medical issues beyond this. Typically, epilepsy can be diagnosed after a person has their first seizure. Modern medicine still does not have a definite root cause of seizures, or why some people experience them, though there is plenty of data to explain what happens in the brain during a seizure episode.
Negligence can cause seizures in a variety of ways, and if you or a loved one is epileptic or suffered from a seizure because of another individual’s careless actions, you may have the right to compensation because of the pain and suffering it caused you.
At The Eichholz Law Firm, our team understands the frustration and trauma that can come from a multiple seizures or even a single experience with one. We will always fight for the MAXIMUM amount of compensation that our clients are eligible for.
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Causes of Seizures
Seizures can result unexpectedly in individuals who have experienced no particular trauma, but they are commonly the result of some physical harm that has been done to a person’s body or brain. Using drugs such as cocaine, ecstasy, or abusing alcohol can also create a tendency for seizures in individuals who do so.
Some of the most common causes of seizures from the negligence of others include:
- Auto accidents
- Physical abuse
- Brain injury
- Incorrectly prescribed medication(s)
- Slip-and-fall accident
- Construction site accidents
- Motorcycle crash
- …to name a few.
Seizures can vary in length and severity, so it is important to record the duration and intensity of a seizure to gauge the condition and monitor whether it is worsening. Typically, when a seizure starts the individual who is experiencing will be fine as long as any sharp or harmful objects are removed from their vicinity, they are not physically restrained, and nothing is placed in their mouth.
After a seizure, turn the person on their side to facilitate breathing and clear an obstructed airway, and do not leave them alone. They may be unaware of what happened and comforting the person calmly is the best way to assist them in recovering. Emergency services usually do not need to be called unless another seizure begins immediate after the first ends, or if the seizure lasts longer than five minutes.
Also, gently check for injuries, as a person may hurt themselves while the seizure takes control of their body and brain. Broken bones, neck trauma, lacerations or bruising can occur.
Seizures are divided into two broad categories, generalized or partial. These headings refer to the types of behavior the person displays during the seizure and their brain activity. These classifications help doctors understand whether or not a patient has epilepsy.
Generalized seizures and their respective symptoms include:
- Grand Mal: Unconsciousness; muscle rigidity; convulsions
- Absence: Brief loss of consciousness
- Myoclonic: Isolated jerking movements
- Clonic: Repetitive jerking movements
- Tonic: Muscle stiffness and rigidity
- Atonic: Loss of muscle tone
Partial seizures and their respective symptoms include:
- Simple: Individual stays conscious and aware of situation
- Simple Motor: Jerking; muscle rigidity; spasms; head turning
- Simple Sensory: Unusual perception through one of the senses
- Simple Psychological: Emotional or memory disturbances
- Complex: Repetitive, involuntary but coordination actions such as lip smacking, chewing, fidgeting, walking, etc.
- Partial with secondary generalization: Individual retains consciousness during partial seizure behaviors then devolves into unconsciousness
Children very often experience small seizures that they may be completely unaware of except they may exhibit signs such as halting all activity and staring blankly. Afterward, the child may not remember anything, and if this is the case it is important to comfort and reassure them.
Did Negligence Cause Your Seizure? Our Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help
Coping with managing constant or sporadic seizures can be a very stressful experience, and if someone else’s negligence caused your harm resulting in a lifetime of epilepsy or even a single seizure, you deserve justice for the pain you endured.
The litigators of The Eichholz Law Firm stand with the victims of seizures as an ally and a guide to help you cope with the difficulties of their condition. With our main office located in Savannah, GA our lawyers provide comprehensive legal services to many cities throughout Georgia, including:
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With decades of combined legal experience helping residents throughout Georgia, we have won over $40 MILLION in successful verdicts and settlements for our customers, and have the skill and resources to fight for your MAXIMUM compensation today.
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