Epilepsy is a relatively common condition across the UK, affecting both children and adults. But that doesn’t mean that the condition is any less distressing. The seizures associated with the condition can be terrifying, especially if the reason for them is unknown due to misdiagnosis and medical negligence.
For those that have experienced a delay in diagnosis, it means that treatment to control the condition is also delayed, potentially having a serious impact on their quality of life and the chance of complications occurring. We know that after a delayed diagnosis an epilepsy misdiagnosis lawsuit may be the last thing on your mind but it can help you hold those responsible to account and receive financial compensation.
While winning a medical negligence claim won’t undo the suffering that has already been caused, it can help you take a step forward. The money secured, for instance, can be used for further medical treatment that could improve your condition or help you cover expenditure while you take time off work to recover.
The causes of epilepsy are numerous and wide-ranging. In cases of epilepsy misdiagnosis, the symptoms can be confused with other conditions, most commonly a panic attack but also an irregular heartbeat and even a migraine.
In cases where a patient may actually be suffering from epilepsy, the correct form of the condition may not be diagnosed. In other instances, patients are misdiagnosed with epilepsy when they may have a cardiac condition, which remains untreated as long as the misdiagnosis continues.
An epilepsy misdiagnosis could mean patients are given treatment or medication:
- That doesn’t help them
- Is harmful and may aggravate their actual condition
- Leaves the real and unidentified condition untreated
The use of incorrect drugs and treatment prescribed because of a misdiagnosis can potentially be life-threatening and can cause both the patient and their family unnecessary anxiety and stress.
There are a number of specific symptoms that help to identify different types of epileptic seizures. A GP or doctor should immediately refer a patient suspected of having epilepsy to a specialist for confirmation and to begin appropriate treatment.
If you have good reason to believe that you or a family member has not received the appropriate standard of care through a failure to diagnose and treat epilepsy and that this has led to further harm and suffering, you need to find out if you have a genuine case of clinical negligence.