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Seizures and Epilepsy and Minnesota Birth Injuries

Many children in Minnesota have epilepsy, a medical condition in which children occasionally have seizures caused by unusual electrical activity in the brain.

What many Minnesota parents might not realize is many children have epilepsy because of a birth injury. Children are sometimes born with epilepsy due to a brain injury sustained during pregnancy or injuries suffered at birth.

Worst of all, such injuries are often preventable. Surgeons, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals sometimes make mistakes that result in a brain injury, which in turn results in a child having epilepsy.

Common types of seizures

There are many different types of seizures that impact children and adults differently. Common types of seizures children with epilepsy often experience include:

  • Generalized onset seizures - Seizures that affect both sides of the brain. Such seizures include:
  • Absence seizures (child loses consciousness)
  • Atonic seizures (child loses consciousness and falls down)
  • Tonic-clonic seizures (child falls down, experiences twitching and may lose control of bladder)
  • Focal onset seizures - Seizures that impact one side of the brain. Such seizures include:
  • Focal onset aware seizures (child is awake and aware of what's happening during seizure)
  • Focal onset impaired awareness (child becomes confused during focal seizure)
  • Unknown onset seizures - Seizures where the origin of the seizure is unknown.

Medications and various medical treatments can treat epilepsy, but there is no cure for this medical condition. That's because the brain damage that causes such seizures is permanent. As a result, if your child is born with epilepsy, they will likely require medical care or medications to treat their condition for the rest of their life.

Know your rights in Minnesota

Medications and medical treatment used to treat seizures and epilepsy can be extremely expensive. If parents don't take legal action, they could end up having to pay all these bills out of their own pocket.

It is important to talk to a birth injury attorney in Minnesota who understands the law, especially when it comes to medical malpractice and birth injury cases. In many circumstances, parents may be able to obtain financial compensation for mistakes made by medical professionals which resulted in their child's birth injury. That's why it's important to schedule a free consultation with a lawyer who knows the law in your area as soon as possible.