Brain and epilepsy awareness days celebrate research and promote understanding

15th March 2019 Clinical Negligence

The clinical negligence team at JMW regularly helps patients affected by many conditions of the brain and we frequently see the life-changing impact they have.

Brain injuries such as cerebral palsy and stroke and conditions such as epilepsy and hydrocephalus can cause life-long and severe disabilities.

The more research that can be done into these conditions to improve understanding and treatment the better.

One organisation that provides a lot of information on conditions affecting the brain is the Dana Foundation. Based in the US, the Dana Foundation supports brain research through grants, publications and education. This week (11-17 March) the Dana Foundation is holding its Brain Awareness Week (BAW), which aims to increase awareness of developments in brain research.

BAW is followed on 26 March 2019 by Epilepsy Awareness Purple Day, further raising awareness of epilepsy, a brain condition which currently affects around one in every 100 people in the UK. Around 87 people are diagnosed with epilepsy every day and this can often be caused by a brain injury. The clinical negligence team at JMW regularly represents children who have developed epilepsy after suffering a brain injury at birth, such as cerebral, palsy due to delays in delivery. Likewise epilepsy can be caused by delayed diagnosis and treatment of stroke symptoms in adults. As ever prevention is better than cure and improving recognition of warning signs should be the priority.

Events such as BAW and Purple Day can help to raise awareness and provide information on brain conditions as well as raising much needed funding for further research. However brain conditions have a huge impact on people’s lives, regularly affecting independence, work and education as well as there being a risk of serious injury during epileptic seizures.

In the cases we deal with at JMW these life changing consequences would have been prevented with greater care by the medical profession and it is this that we feel demands greater awareness.


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Eddie Jones is a Partner and Head of Department located in Manchesterin our Clinical Negligence department

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