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Medical negligence solicitors, Blackwater Law discuss the different types of brain injury. Within this article we discuss Encephalitis.
Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain, commonly caused by infections. In the UK approximately half the cases have an unknown cause, despite extensive testing taking place. Where the cause can be identified it is frequently due to viruses or bacteria. Given that there is such an array of causes for brain injuries, testing is essential in ensuring the correct treatment can be given and brain injury claims avoided.
Encephalitis has a range of symptoms, often starting with a high temperature, fever and headache. However, the condition can progress quickly and lead to more serious symptoms such as:
Quick medical attention is important in ensuring the right treatment is given. It is vital that medical professionals prioritse those with more serious symptoms in order to allow for quick recovery and to minimise the scope for brain injury compensation claims.
Depending on the severity of the symptoms of encephalitis, a number of tests may be required to diagnose the condition. This includes a brain scan such as a CT scan or MRI scan. In other instances a blood or urine test may help with a diagnosis.
Urgent treatment is essential in ensuring the best possible outcome for those suffering with Encephalitis. It is essential that the underlying cause is identified in order to ensure the correct treatment plan is in place. Failure to identify the condition could lead to a delayed diagnosis claim. The exact treatment depends on whether an underlying cause for the condition can be found. Possible treatments include antiviral medicine, steroid injections, surgery or antibiotics and antifungal medicine.
Owing to the severity of the condition, it is usually treated within an Intensive Trauma Unit.
Encephalitis can be fatal. However, in most instances people can make a good recovery. There are however a number of complications that can arise following the condition. This makes it essential for medical professionals to provide enough support to avoid scope for brain injury compensation.
Long term complications can include memory problems, personality changes, issues with speech and language as well as emotional and psychological problems such as anxiety, depression and mood swings.
Such complications can leave a person needing legal advice to find out if they are entitled to compensation. Blackwater Law have specialist brain injury solicitors who are able to offer free initial advice, so contact us now to find out if you could make a brain injury claim.