Pınar Uzun Uslu1, Aslı Tekin2

1Eskisehir City Hospital, Clinic of Neurology, Eskisehir, Türkiye
2Eskisehir Bar Association, Eskisehir, Türkiye

Keywords: Epilepsy, law, regulation, driver, divorce


Objective: Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological diseases and is a chronic disease that affects the patient for life. In addition, the fact that there may be changes in consciousness in an individual with epilepsy carries them to a different legal dimension in cases such as accidents, uncorrected proof 2 crimes, and injuries. This study aimed to investigate how often epilepsy appears and how it plays out in the decisions of the supreme court.

Materials and Methods: Data scanning for the study was conducted using the National Judicial Network Information System (UYAP). Cases containing the word “epilepsy” were scanned in all case files in the UYAP system covering 2000-2021. The subjects of the cases were examined in terms of illness, with the findings recorded in the data search file.

Results: A total of 428 files containing the word “epilepsy” were identified in the UYAP system. Among them, 231 records pertained to 2016-2021, 129 to 2010-2015, and 68 to 2000-2009. There were a total of 232 files pertaining to penal departments and 171 to law departments.

Conclusion: The rights of adults with epilepsy in their working life and the situations they are exposed to during marriage and divorce may differ from normal. Also, the conditions for having a driver's license, and if they have a driver's license, the situations in which they have an accident are legally evaluated differently.Again, whether epilepsy patients have the right to be disabled, the requirements for guardians or legal counsel during legal proceedings are determined by law and decided by physicians.The laws and regulations are standard, but the clinic, psychiatric and mental status and conditions of each epileptic patient may be different.This study was conducted to determine how epilepsy takes place in the Turkish legal system.Knowing the existing forensic examples will help us understand the legal dimension of epilepsy.

Ethics Committee Approval

Not necessary.

Peer Review

Externally and internally peer-reviewed.

Author Contributions

Surgical and Medical Practices: P.U.U., Concept: A.T., Design: P.U.U., Data Collection or Processing: P.U.U., Analysis or Interpretation: A.T., Literature Search: P.U.U., Writing: P.U.U.vvvvv

Conflict of Interest

No conflict of interest was declared by the authors.

Financial Disclosure

The authors declared that this study received no financial support.