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Seizures and Epilepsy and Maryland Birth Injuries

Parents of children in Maryland who have seizures understand the seriousness of such medical issues. In many cases, such seizures could indicate that a child has epilepsy, a common medical condition often due to unusual electrical brain activity.

If your child suffers from seizures or epilepsy, it's important to understand why they have such medical issues. What many Maryland parents might not realize is that children with epilepsy who have seizures sometimes do so because they were born with a birth injury.

Why does this matter? Because many birth injuries occur due to mistakes made by medical professionals during a mother's pregnancy or the child's birth. Whatever the circumstances, those medical professionals should be held accountable for their actions.

Common types of seizures

Children experience many different types of seizures, which can impact them and others very differently. That's why it's important to understand what kind of seizure your child is having. Common types of seizures include:

  • Focal seizures - Seizures that affect only a specific part of the brain. As a result, only specific emotions or bodily functions (sense of small, feel, taste, etc.) are impacted. In general, there are two main categories for these seizures:
    • Focal seizures with loss of consciousness
    • Focal seizures without loss of consciousness
  • Generalized seizures - Seizures that affects the entire brain. As a result, more than one bodily function could be impacted by such seizures. These include:
    • Absence seizures
      (Symptoms - Loss of consciousness, staring blankly, lip smacking, eye blinking)
    • Atonic seizures
      (Loss of muscle control, collapsing suddenly, falling)
    • Clonic seizures
      (Rhythmic jerking, abnormal muscle movements in neck, face or arms)
    • Myoclonic seizures
      (Sudden brief jerking or twitching in arms or legs)
    • Tonic seizures
      (Muscles stiffen in back, arms or legs. Sudden loss of balance)
    • Tonic-clonic seizures
      (Falling down, loss of consciousness, loss of bladder control, biting tongue)
  • Unknown onset seizures - Seizures where origin of seizure is unknown.

Seizures are a very serious medical condition. That's why it's important to know as much as possible about your child's seizures - and your rights as a parent in Maryland.

Know your rights in Maryland

If your child's seizures occur because of a birth injury, you may be able to take legal action against the doctor, nurse or another medical professional responsible for your child's injury. The same goes for the hospital where the person works. Your family can file a lawsuit against them and request financial compensation.

This money serves a valuable purpose. First and foremost, a financial settlement or verdict allows your family to pay for medical expenses associated with your child's birth injury. And such expenses can easily add up to thousands or even millions of dollars during your child's life.

There's another reason why it's important to obtain financial compensation from the person or people responsible for your child's injury. That sends a strong message that such behavior will not be tolerated. Learn more about your legal rights in Maryland. Schedule a free consultation with an experienced lawyer who knows the law in Maryland.