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Can I Get Compensation for Long-term Cauda Equina Symptoms?

Can I Get Compensation for Long-term Cauda Equina Symptoms?

Cauda equina syndrome can cause catastrophic, long-term disability. If your continuing problems are due to your medical professionals failing to organise your MRI scan and surgery promptly, it may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

Cauda equina syndrome effects

Unless surgery takes place at the optimum moment, cauda equina syndrome can leave the patient with a range of horrific symptoms including the following:

  • Loss of sexual function
  • Loss of bowel sensation and function
  • Loss of bladder sensation and function
  • Loss of mobility

As well as the physical and psychological problems caused, these symptoms can have a dramatic financial impact on the sufferer and their family, depriving the patient not only of their lower body function, but of their confidence, their independence and, crucially, their ability to work.

At a time when an individual may require additional care and adapted accommodation, they may find that they have limited or no income.

The restrictions of cauda equina syndrome

Where someone with cauda equina syndrome still feels able to work, their earning capacity may be restricted, either due to the hours they are able to work or the type of employment available to them. Working in any public-related field of employment such as hospitality or education may not be possible.

If your ability to work has been lost or restricted because your MRI scan or decompression surgery for cauda equina syndrome were delayed, it may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

You may find everyday tasks such as washing and dressing difficult to achieve without assistance. Household chores may become arduous or impossible to carry out.

Travelling and socialising may feel like obstacles too huge to attempt.

Is late surgery negligent?

If you did not see your GP until your symptoms were advanced, or if your symptoms developed suddenly, it is possible that a delay in surgery would not have affected your long-term outcome and your medical professionals may not be regarded as having acted negligently.

However, if your medical practitioner delayed your MRI scan or surgery, allowing your early CES symptoms to deteriorate before surgery, they may well be regarded as having acted negligently.

Speak to a solicitor

If you are suffering with the appalling impact of cauda equina syndrome due to delays caused by your medical practitioner, contact Glynns today.

We have supported numerous clients in making highly-successful compensation claims for cauda equina syndrome negligence, and will be very happy to advise you.

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