Encephalitis cases and clinical negligence claims

  • The sooner treatment for Encephalitis is started, the more successful it is likely to be.
  • Moore Barlow have dealt with more encephalitis cases than any other firm of solicitors.
  • Our experienced solicitors have a real knowledge and understanding of the difficulties relating to encephalitis cases and are specialists in this area.

What is Encephalitis?

Encephalitis is a rare, yet serious, condition which causes the brain to become inflamed. It requires urgent medical treatment in hospital and can be life-threatening to individuals of all ages, although very young or old people are most at risk. Encephalitis frequently will start off with flu-like symptoms, such as a high temperature and headache.

More serious symptoms include:

  • disorientation or confusion
  • seizures
  • raised temperature
  • changes in personality or behaviour
  • weakness or loss of movement in some body parts
  • loss of consciousness
  • difficulty speaking

The cause of encephalitis is not always obvious, and it can be caused by several factors including viral infections and problems with the immune system.

Treatment

Encephalitis needs to be treated in a hospital. It is a medical emergency. The earlier treatment is started, the more successful it is likely to be. Treatment inevitably depends on the underlying cause, but may include:

  • antiviral medication
  • treatments to help control the immune system
  • steroid injections
  • medication to control seizures (fits)
  • support with breathing

A full recovery from encephalitis can be a long process, and many people will not entirely recover; being left with long-term health problems due to damage to the brain. Some of the most common issues include:

  • memory loss
  • seizures
  • personality or behavioural changes
  • difficulties paying attention, concentrating, planning and problem solving
  • constant tiredness

Clinical negligence

Encephalitis is not easy to diagnose or treat. Clinical negligence frequently arises in circumstances where there has been a failure to diagnose, a failure to implement suitable tests or a failure to provide effective treatment. Recognition of the symptoms, conducting tests and investigations, such as lumbar punctures, brain scans or blood tests promptly is paramount.

At Moore Barlow we are able to offer real expertise in this area. Our experienced solicitors have a real knowledge and understanding of the difficulties relating to encephalitis cases and are specialists in this area.

It is vital in any case that you maximise your recovery through active rehabilitation. Where a compensation claim does exist and errors in treatment have arisen our aim is to help rebuild your life by obtaining interim payments of compensation, wherever possible at any early stage, to assist you with your recovery to include needs relating to:

  • rehabilitation
  • re-education/training
  • transport
  • housing
  • aids and equipment
  • care support
  • therapeutic services
  • case management

We can advise you on your benefit rights and also advise on dealing with debts which might arise due to being off work. Our specialist community care team can also provide advice and support in relation to your ongoing entitlement to health and social care provision and support at home or in the community.

If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of clinical negligence please contact Anne Cassidy.

Our team work across our offices in London, Guildford, Richmond, Southampton, Woking and Lymington and we deal with clients throughout the country. We will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.

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