In recognition of World Encephalitis Day we wanted to raise awareness of this rare condition and draw your attention to an example of how we were able to help the family of someone who's quality of life was severely afffected by Enchephalitis.
What is Encephalitis?
Herpes simplex encephalitis (HSE) is a rare neurological disorder caused by the Herpes virus and is characterised by inflammation of the brain. It is caused by either an infection invading the brain or through the immune system attacking the brain in error. Common symptoms include headaches, fevers, drowsiness, hyperactivity, and/or general weakness. The symptoms can be confused with other pathologies, making it difficult to diagnose in the early stages when treatment can be most effective. Treatment with Acyclovir slows the progress of the infection by blocking the replication of the virus, but it takes time to halt the damage once the infection takes hold. As signal of just how dangerous this disorder is, it's noteworthy that prior Acyclovir becoming available, 70% of those who contracted HSE died.
What is World Enchephalitis Day?
World Encephalitis Day is the global awareness day for individuals and families who have been directly or indirectly affected by encephalitis.
Endurance Arthur secured damages for the family of a man following an avoidable 24-hour delay in referring him to hospital when he contracted HSE. In the course of the complex multi-party legal proceedings, it was established that the man would have sustained severe brain damage in any event, by the time treatment with Acyclovir ought to have started.
The man’s injuries included seizures, severe amnesia, an organic personality change and an inability to organise his day-to-day activities. His condition is permanent, and he will require 24 hour care/supervision for the rest of his life. His settlement is for the additional damage he sustained as a result of the avoidable delay.