Epilepsy Victims in Assisted Living Centers
Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder caused by abnormal brain activity. Epilepsy often triggers seizures due to the abnormal electrical signals throughout the brain. There are many different types of epilepsy, each corresponding with different areas of the brain, and each has its own types of symptoms. Although epilepsy is not a curable disease, it can be controlled through the use of medications. Types of Epilepsy
- Absence Epilepsy – characterized by momentary loss of consciousness
- Temporal Lobe Epilepsy – caused by partial seizures
- Frontal Lobe Epilepsy – characterized by several short seizures that start and stop very suddenly
- Occipital Lobe Epilepsy – usually begin with hallucinations and rapid eye blinking/movements
- Parietal Lobe Epilepsy – occur between the frontal and occipital lobes. Parietal Lobe Epilepsy tends to spread to other parts of the brain.
Since one of the primary symptoms of epilepsy is either partial or generalized seizures, epilepsy is a very dangerous disorder for an individual who may not be able to function in their daily activities independently. Therefore, it is very important that they receive the highest care and assistance possible if they are living in an assisted living center. Your loved ones should never face any sort of negligence, especially if they have some kind of mental or physical disorder preventing them from caring for themselves in any way.
In assisted living centers, staff members may not always be trained to treat or assist individuals suffering from epilepsy or some other medical condition. This may put your loved ones in a dangerous situation because they may not receive the proper medications or the proper care in the event of a seizure. Some seizures can cause major damage to the brain. Although seizures and epilepsy have not been known to be fatal, the symptoms of seizures (convulsions, momentary loss of consciousness, rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing) can put your loved ones in danger of fatality.
Of course, prevention is not always possible but knowing some signs can help you and your loved ones with epilepsy. An Arizona Attorney can assist in your legal needs if someone you love suffers from epilepsy and has suffered physical abuse under the care of an Arizona Assisted Living Center. The facility is liable for both the mental and physical injuries suffered due to the unnecessary and degrading abuse by a caregiver.
Contact an Arizona Assisted Living Advocate Attorney
Any form of negligence is unacceptable even if the patient suffers from a difficult disease such as epilepsy. You and your family have rights. If you suspect that a family with epilepsy has suffered from a form of abuse, contact Damages can be collected for their emotional and physical suffering.