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Cauda Equina Assessment and Medical Negligence Compensation

Cauda Equina Assessment and Medical Negligence Compensation

A failure to carry out a thorough assessment of a patient who may be developing cauda equina syndrome could be regarded as negligent and may justify a claim for compensation.

Medical assessment and cauda equina syndrome

The disabling condition that is cauda equina syndrome can develop gradually as the nerves at the base of the spine become increasingly compressed. However, a loss of function can also happen rapidly and any delay in assessing and diagnosing a patient may be regarded as negligent.

If the patient suffers permanent disability and financial losses as a result of the negligent delays, it might be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

Patients who may be in danger of developing cauda equina syndrome are likely to experience lower back and leg pain similar to sciatica. It is essential, however, for medical practitioners too carry out a thorough assessment for any signs which might suggest that, in fact, the patient's symptoms are being caused by compression of the cauda equina nerves.

If there is any indication that this is the case, the patient may require an immediate MRI scan followed by emergency surgery in order to decompress their cauda equina nerves before all lower body sensation and function is lost.

Permanent cauda equina syndrome symptoms

A delay in diagnosis and surgery may result in the following shocking, permanent and life-changing symptoms:

  • Bladder dysfunction and incontinence
  • Bowel incontinence
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Reduced mobility or paralysis

An assessment of a patient would be looking for signs which might indicate a loss of nerve function in the lower body. This could include altered bladder sensation or function, altered sensation in the perineum and around the anus, as well as symptoms of weakness or tingling in the legs.

Medical negligence and claiming compensation

If a medical professional has had an opportunity to identify that a patient may be developing cauda equina syndrome but has failed to recognise or examine the patient for the relevant red flag symptoms, they may be considered to have provided substandard, negligent care.

If the subsequent delay allows the patient's condition to worsen, resulting in a poor long-term outcome, a claim for compensation could address the financial losses and difficulties caused by the negligence.

Contact a legal specialist

Cauda equina syndrome compensation claims are highly complex and require the skills of legal specialists. Here at Glynns Solicitors, experts in medical negligence compensation, we have the experience and expertise to guide you through your claim to a successful outcome.

Contact us today if you or a loved one are struggling with the shocking impact of cauda equina syndrome due to medical failures.

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