Compensation for Encephalitis

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What is Encephalitis?

Encephalitis is a condition that occurs following an inflammation of the brain. This can be a very serious condition as, if left untreated, it can lead to brain damage.

Anyone can suffer with encephalitis but the very young and very old are the most vulnerable.

What Causes Encephalitis?

There are two types of encephalitis - infectious encephalitis and autoimmune Encephalitis. These both have different causes.

Infectious encephalitis is caused by a viral infection following viruses such as the herpes simplex virus and the chickenpox virus. Any virus has the potential to cause encephalitis but not everyone with these viruses will develop it.

Autoimmune encephalitis develops following problems within the immune system, resulting in it attacking the brain and leading to inflammation.

What are the Symptoms of Encephalitis?

Encephalitis can sometimes begin with symptoms resembling the flu, such as a high temperature or headaches.

The following symptoms can also occur either quickly or over the course of several hours, days or weeks:

  • Confusion or a feeling of disorientation
  • Fits/seizures
  • Speech difficulties
  • Weakness or loss of movement

  • Changes in personality or unusual behaviour
  • Loss of consciousness
  • High temperature

Encephalitis symptoms can occur in both infectious encephalitis and autoimmune encephalitis. However, autoimmune encephalitis does tend to have a longer period of onset.

What Should I Do If I Suspect Encephalitis?

If you or someone you know are displaying any of the more serious symptoms, there’s a chance it could be encephalitis. In this case, you should seek immediate medical attention, as the sooner it’s diagnosed and treated, the better the chance of reducing long-term complications.

Encephalitis can be difficult to diagnose as the symptoms often resemble other diseases, so doctors will use various methods of diagnosing your condition, including CT and MRI scans, lumbar punctures and EEGs.

Treatment for encephalitis will be carried out in hospital and will depend on the cause of the condition. You can make a full recovery, but some effects could be permanent.

Is there a time limit to making an Encephalitis Medical Negligence Claim?

Yes. Medical negligence claims must be made within three years of when the negligence happened, or three years from when you became aware of a problem related to your treatment.

If your child has suffered from encephalitis because of medical negligence, you have until their 18th birthday to make a claim on their behalf and then they have another three years to make the claim themselves.

What Will It Cost To Make an Encephalitis Medical Negligence Claim?

We usually handle medical negligence claims on a No Win, No Fee basis. Also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), this funding option means there’s no financial risk to you if you decide to make a claim.

Encephalitis – More Information

Is encephalitis capable of causing irreversible brain damage?

Viral encephalitis is a virus-induced brain inflammation. Permanent brain injury is the most significant possible risk. Youngsters under the age of one year and adults over the age of 55 are at a higher risk of life-threatening complications.

What is life like after encephalitis?

Some individuals may develop emotional and behavioural changes after encephalitis, such as low mood, increased anxiety, sadness, mood swings, irritability, hostility, impulsivity, disinhibition, and/or poor emotional control.

Is it possible to heal completely from encephalitis?

Some people recover completely from encephalitis, however it can be a long and difficult process. Many people never fully heal and are left with long-term issues as a result of brain injury. Memory loss is a common problem.

Encephalitis is a very serious condition that can lead to brain damage if left untreated. If the condition wasn’t identified or treated early enough by clinicians, it’s only right that you can get the help you need.

Our Medical Negligence Solicitors can help you access the care, support and rehabilitation you need to live with your condition, and compensation for any financial losses such as lost earnings or pensions.

We understand that taking legal action can seem daunting, particularly if you are struggling with medical problems, but our friendly and supportive team are here to make the claims process as straightforward for you as possible.

Get in touch for a free claims assessment and we can also discuss a No Win, No Fee agreement.

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FAQs about Encephalitis Claims

If you or a loved one has suffered with encephalitis, you may have a claim for medical negligence compensation if your condition wasn’t diagnosed, you weren’t given the proper tests for encephalitis or you lost a loved one because mistakes were made.

Encephalitis can cause long-term complications and can sometimes be fatal, so an early diagnosis and identification of the underlying cause is essential, so treatment can be given immediately.

The sooner any treatment starts, the better the chances of success.

If you or someone you know are displaying any of the more serious symptoms, there’s a chance it could be encephalitis. In this case, you should seek immediate medical attention, as the sooner it’s diagnosed and treated, the better the chance of reducing long-term complications.

Encephalitis can be difficult to diagnose as the symptoms often resemble other diseases, so doctors will use various methods of diagnosing your condition, including CT and MRI scans, lumbar punctures and EEGs.

Treatment for encephalitis will be carried out in hospital and will depend on the cause of the condition. You can make a full recovery, but some effects could be permanent.

Yes. Medical negligence claims must be made within three years of when the negligence happened, or three years from when you became aware of a problem related to your treatment.

If you child has suffered from encephalitis because of medical negligence, you have until their 18th birthday to make a claim to their behalf and then then they have another three years to make the claim themselves.

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    We’ll ask an Independent Medical Expert to review the care you were given and ask them to tell us if they think it was negligent. This will help your case.

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    Medical negligence claims can be complex, but we’ll take care of everything for you.

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    Interim Payments

    If we can, we’ll apply for interim payments of compensation, so you don’t have to wait for treatment, rehabilitation and financial support.

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    Settling Your Claim

    We’ll work to settle your medical negligence claim with NHS Resolution as soon as we can. Most Medical Negligence Claims settle before going to Court, but we’ll support you all the way through.

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    Personal Injury Trust

    Once we’ve agreed your settlement, we can get specialist Solicitors to advise you about setting up a Personal Injury Trust, so you remain eligible to claim state

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