Substantial compensation awarded following alleged delay in diagnosis and treatment of 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:
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.
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:
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:
Encephalitis is not easy to diagnose or treat. Medical 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 Blatch 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:
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 medical negligence please contact Tim Spring. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.