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Failure to Diagnose Correctable Epilepsy
C had a long history of epilepsy. She was referred to a specialist unit with a view to undergoing corrective surgery but she was told at the time that she was not a suitable candidate and her epilepsy would need to be controlled by medication. It was only years later that it became apparent that the initial tests which were performed may have been interpreted incorrectly and eventually the surgery which had been proposed was undertaken following which C did not suffer from further seizures. C’s fits were daily and would occur with very little pre warning. On average she was having three fits per day but on a bad day she could have as many as nine.
Following the surgery she was fit fee. It became apparent following our involvement that there was failure to interpret the test results and it took approximately 7 years before a proper diagnosis was made and therefore C suffered unnecessarily for 7 years which had a huge impact on her employment, family life and social life. C was eventually awarded £110,000.00.