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Cauda Equina Paralysis and Compensation Claims

Cauda Equina Paralysis and Compensation Claims

Compression of the cauda equina nerves can leave a person with permanent loss of mobility and dependant on a wheelchair. It may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

Cauda equina syndrome disability

The impact of the symptoms of complete cauda equina syndrome can change almost every aspect of a person's life, causing considerable financial problems:

  • It may no longer be possible for the individual to work in their previous career or type of employment. This may cause a significant reduction in income.
  • It may not be possible for the person to work at all due to the severity of their symptoms
  • It may no longer be possible for the person to function safely and effectively within their own home, either requiring substantial alterations to be made or for them to move to more suitable accommodation
  • They may require personal support in order to help them achieve daily tasks such as washing and dressing as well as household chores

The combined financial impact can be considerable and, where appropriate, a successful compensation claim can help to address these difficulties.

Medical negligence and cauda equina syndrome

If a patient suffers permanent cauda equina dysfunction due to poor-quality medical care, it may be possible to make a claim for compensation.

Diagnosis and treatment of cauda equina syndrome requires knowledge and prompt action on the part of the relevant medical professionals. Negligent care may occur in a number of ways:

  • A failure to examine, meaning that red flag symptoms are missed
  • A misdiagnosis leading to a delay in a correct diagnosis
  • A failure to make an emergency referral for an MRI scan when that would normally have been regarded as necessary
  • A delay in arranging an MRI scan
  • delay in initiating surgery once a diagnosis of cauda equina compression has been confirmed

The effects of cauda equina negligence can be life-changing and distressing in the extreme. A patient who could have experienced a more positive outcome but for the delays and negligence of medical practitioners may be entitled to make a claim for their losses.

Claiming compensation

f you or a loved one believe you may have suffered from negligent care of cauda equina syndrome, contact Glynns Solicitors today. As specialists in medical negligence compensation, we have considerable expertise in cauda equina claims and will be very happy to discuss your situation and experience with you free of charge.

If you or a loved one are struggling with the appalling impact of this condition due to medical negligence, contact us to speak with a specialist medical negligence solicitor about your situation.

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