Recently, in California, our Legislative Body passed a Bill that would allow physicians the discretion to report seizure activity to the DMV. It has been a right of our Physicians but fear of reprisal should there be an accident involving an epileptic has often deterred many doctors from not reporting. The law would have legally covered these physicians who make a conscious decision that may be otherwise be mandated or guided in fear. But due to a fight over the State budget Gov. Schwarzenegger vetoed every Bill on his desk despite their causes.
Seizures come in many forms. Febrile seizures will occur in over an average of 86% of Americans. These are isolated incidents that obviously do not need to be reported. But fears prevail and many doctors will report to the DMV. I've been through the DMV's public safety process. As soon as the topic of seizures are raised these officers do not understand the difference between isolated events, controlled seizure activity or Grand Mal. The presumption is that they're is just one type. It is solely not the resposibility of these officers however.
As advocates we must push for more training in the areas involoving epilepsy. With progress and time more and more successes of control over seizure activity has increased. Post surgical treatment depsite its success leaves the stigma of a "damaged brain." Stigma's that can only be erased through an active training program facilitated through the Foundation.
Second, as California goes, so does the Nation. We must not allow this Bill to disappear or lose its way. If we get this to move forward it just may set an example for the rest of the Nation. When Physicians need to determine whether to report or not. Knowing that they are protected should they not report will be more likely to occur in favor of not reporting a seizure. More significantly, those who do have a seizure and otherwise might not seek medical attention because of fears of being reported. Now will seek the help that they might otherwise have opted not to.
If your a Californian call your Representative. If you are an advocate anywhere else call your representative. The opportunity to be change is now and the timing couldn't be better.