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Epilepsy can be caused by a birth injury

This last week people in Wrightsville Beach and around the world acknowledged "purple day" for epilepsy awareness.

Approximately 1 in 100 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy in their lifetime. The causes of epilepsy vary. Some types of epilepsy are due to a genetic influence, head trauma from a car accident and even birth injuries.

Epilepsy is a disorder that is caused by electrical surges in the brain that leads to seizures. Some individuals will have full-fledged convulsions, while others may only stare blankly into space for a few moments.

Babies are very susceptible to brain damage before birth. Such damage can be caused by poor nutrition, an infection in the mother or oxygen deficiency during delivery. According to Mayo clinic experts, approximately 20 percent of seizures have been linked to neurological abnormalities such as cerebral palsy.

While many diagnosed with epilepsy find relief from convulsions through medication, there is no cure for epilepsy.

The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 50 million people have epilepsy globally.

The birth of a child is an exciting moment in every couple's life. That joy can quickly change to horror when parents find out that their baby has suffered a birth injury.

Birth injuries can stem from a medical provider's failure to act appropriately, a misdiagnosis prior to birth or pure negligence. Any of these actions can lead to catastrophic injuries for a newborn.

While no amount of compensation can change what has occurred, a child who has endured a birth injury will have expensive medical needs for their immediate and distant future. Such compensation will help families establish a better quality of life for their child.

Source: kulr8.com, "Epilepsy Awareness Day," Nicole Grigg, March 26, 2012

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