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Today is World Encephalitis Day

​Today is World Encephalitis Day and the medical negligence team at Leigh Day are joining in efforts to raise awareness of this devastating disease, which many people have not even heard of.

MRI Scan

22 February 2017

Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain. The inflammation is caused either by an infection invading the brain or through the immune system attacking the brain in error.

Whatever the cause, Encephalitis can have a dramatic effect on the lives of those affected and their families. Sufferers can be left with brain damage effecting their cognition, behaviour and memory. They can also be left with physical disabilities, such as muscle weakness or visual problems.

Nicola Wainwright, Partner in the medical negligence department at Leigh Day said:

“We hope that by playing our part in raising awareness people will better understand the disease and the difficulties it can cause.

We believe it is so important to raise awareness of Encephalitis, so that people can understand the disease and seek treatment quickly if they think they may have symptoms. We act for several clients who have been left with severe injuries, partly because their illness wasn't diagnosed quickly enough. We hope that we can be part of ensuring more people get the right treatment promptly."

Leigh Day acted on behalf of Tom who suffered herpes Encephalitis shortly after he was born.  

He had been left unable to walk, talk clearly or look after himself and therefore continues to require round the clock care for the rest of his life.

Leigh Day successfully fought a legal action resulting in Tom and his family receiving a settlement which will ensure for all Tom’s future care needs.  

Infectious Encephalitis often begins as a flu like illness or headache and is followed by an alteration in the level of consciousness. It can cause a high temperature and seizures. Other symptoms include an aversion to bright lights, inability to speak or control movement, sensory changes, neck stiffness and uncharacteristic behaviour.

Autoimmune Encephalitis often causes confusion, altered personality or behaviour, psychosis, movement disorders, seizures, hallucinations, memory loss and sleep disturbances.

As well as providing support to sufferers and their families The Encephalitis Society provide excellent information about the disease including its symptoms and effects- see here. We are proud to be able to support them today on World Encephalitis Day.

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