Link between seizure disorders in children and medical malpractice

The Link between Seizure Disorders in Children and Medical Malpractice

If your child has any type of seizure disorder and hasn’t been provided with the appropriate medical care, then you may have a case for child medical negligence.

In this article, we’ll discuss all of the following:

  • The most common types of seizures.
  • Some of the most common causes of seizures.
  • How a misdiagnosis or medical mistreatment of seizures can lead to child medical negligence.

At Sommers Roth & Elmaleh, we have experience in pursuing cases where child medical negligence has occurred.

What are some of the most common types of seizures?

When a seizure occurs, your baby or child will suffer from repetitive, involuntary movements or the stiffening of some of their muscle groups. Depending on the type and severity of the seizures, they can happen several times a day and last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes. 

If your child is having or has had seizures, it is likely one of these three kinds of seizures:

  1. Febrile seizures. These occur most often when a child has a high fever due to an illness. With a febrile seizure, a child may twitch their legs, roll their eyes, or even lose consciousness.
  2. Neonatal seizures. These occur within a month after a child’s birth and are associated with medical issues caused by fetal distress. If a baby suffers from fetal distress, then its brain may be deprived of oxygen, causing brain damage or scarring. There are several different types of neonatal seizures, but they usually involve the baby either going completely stiff or completely limp due to being unable to control their muscles.
  3. Epileptic seizures. These occur when a child has epilepsy, and they can be as brief as a few minutes or as long as a half-hour. Epileptic seizures most often involve muscle spasms in a child’s neck, limbs, or torso.

What are some of the most common causes of seizures?

These are some of the most common causes of seizures:

  • A family history of seizures.
  • Infections that are accompanied by a high fever, such as meningitis.
  • Concussions or other head injuries.
  • Fainting spells. 
  • Migraine headaches.
  • Head or brain injuries during birth.
  • Cerebral palsy. With cerebral palsy, a child’s brain is damaged either before, during, or shortly after birth. This damage impacts a child’s ability to control their movement and posture.

How can a misdiagnosis or medical mistreatment lead to child medical negligence?

Any of the following can lead to a potential case of child medical negligence:

  • Failing to diagnose a child with risk factors for seizures.
  • Failure to provide appropriate medication or treatment for seizures.
  • Failure to appropriately diagnose seizures.

Another way that child medical negligence can occur is when an expecting mother is not provided with an adequate level of care either during her pregnancy or labour, or the baby is not provided with adequate care immediately after it is born.

These are sample situations of child medical negligence that can lead to seizures occurring:

  • Inadequate prenatal care, including a medical professional failing to properly diagnose a mother’s conditions.
  • Failure to appropriately manage a pre-term or late-term pregnancy.
  • Failure to act appropriately to manage a variety of conditions, including bleeding and high blood pressure.
  • Failure to respond appropriately to fetal distress, including not executing a timely vaginal delivery or c-section. 
  • Inappropriate use of forceps or a vacuum extractor.
  • Not resuscitating a newborn correctly.

How can Sommers Roth & Elmaleh help me with a case for child medical negligence?

If your child has been a victim of child medical negligence, then we can help you pursue a case for pediatric malpractice. Child medical negligence can have lifelong consequences not only for the child who is impacted by it, but also for their parents.

If your child has a seizure disorder caused by medical negligence, then the impact on your family—both financially and emotionally—can be severe.

You’re likely already feeling lost and overwhelmed if your child has been a victim of child medical negligence. You don’t feel like you have the financial or emotional resources to pursue a legal case by yourself.

That’s where a medical malpractice lawyer from Sommers Roth & Elmaleh can make all the difference. You’re not alone in your fight to get compensation for your child! Our lawyers have over 40 years of experience representing victims of medical malpractice.

We can help you file a lawsuit if you believe that your child’s seizure disorder was caused by child medical negligence. We can:

  • Discuss if you have grounds to file a lawsuit.
  • Tell you what kinds of compensation you may be eligible for to help care for your child, including home accessibility modifications and attendant care services.
  • Talk about what kind of damages you may be eligible for in recognition of your child’s suffering.

Let Sommers Roth & Elmaleh help you pursue your child’s medical negligence case with our expert legal advice and guidance.

Child Medical Negligence Can Lead to Seizure Disorders in Children

One of the many outcomes of child medical negligence can be seizure disorders. If a seizure occurs, your baby or child will demonstrate either repeated involuntary movements or stiffening muscles. 

In this article, we’ve covered all of the following:

  • The most common seizures in babies and children: febrile seizures, neonatal seizures, and epileptic seizures.
  • The most common causes of seizures, including head or brain injuries during birth, cerebral palsy, and infections accompanied by a high fever.
  • How a misdiagnosis or medical negligence can lead to seizure disorders in children.

At Sommers Roth & Elmaleh, we can help you fight your child’s medical negligence case. Our experienced and compassionate lawyers will work with you to build a solid case to obtain the compensation you deserve.

Contact Us to Learn More About Filing a Lawsuit for Child Medical Negligence

Reach out to us today for a free consultation and learn more about filing a lawsuit for child medical negligence. You can call us at 416-961-1212 or contact us online to learn more about how we can help you.

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