Epilepsy and seizures caused by trauma to the brain are known as traumatic epilepsy. In most cases, a person’s epilepsy can be traced back to a head injury.
Any kind of head trauma can result in epilepsy or seizures. Common causes include:
Traumatic brain injuries account for over 4 percent of all individuals who suffer from seizures and epilepsy. Within the first 12 months after an accident where a head injury is sustained, the risk of seizure is 12 times greater.
Victims who suffer a traumatic brain injury have a long road to recovery ahead of them. While they will need to undergo extensive rehabilitation, medical treatment, occupational therapy, and care, they also face the possibility of complications and side effects as a result of the injury. Epilepsy is one of those complications.
Epilepsy refers to a seizure disorder. There is a broad range of seizure disorders, but traumatic epilepsy is one that results from a traumatic brain injury. Depending on a person’s severity of their seizure disorder, he or she may have to stop driving and working.
Traumatic epilepsy can either show up immediately after brain trauma, or it can take days, weeks, or months for symptoms to surface. Some symptoms can be frequent and mild while others can be sporadic and unpredictable and include:
Our team of experienced brain injury attorneys at Dansker & Aspromonte can help you receive the medical care you need to correctly diagnose your epilepsy and determine the cause of your seizure disorder.
We will ensure you undergo EEG monitoring, which is monitoring with a medical testing device to measure your brain’s activity and electrical impulses.
Following a traumatic brain injury, seizures can occur either immediately, or days or months later. If you experience a seizure within 24 hours after a traumatic brain injury, this is an early onset seizure.
Late seizures occur days, weeks or months after a traumatic brain injury.
A generalized seizure begins in one part of the brain and spreads to other areas. This seizure results in violent shaking of limbs, the neck, and the head.
Partial seizures occur when only a small part of the brain is affected. The seizures are confined to one are of the brain and don’t spread. A person may be unconscious or conscious during the seizure. These seizures don’t usually experience convulsions, but rather an altered sense of smell or taste, an uncomfortable feeling of fear, or uncontrollable crying.
The most common brain injuries associated with seizures include:
Our knowledgeable lawyers serve the NYC Metro, Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Queens areas. If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury that has led to traumatic epilepsy due to the negligent actions of others, let our personal injury lawyers help. Call 800-50-9695 or contact us online.