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Cauda Equina Syndrome Clinical Negligence

Cauda Equina Syndrome Clinical Negligence

If medical professionals fail to manage your medical condition appropriately, they may be considered to have been negligent, providing only substandard care. If their failings cause you long-term problems, it might be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

Clinical negligence in diagnosing and treating cauda equina syndrome can be devastating to the patient, causing long-term disability and life-changing effects.

In relation to cauda equina syndrome, clinical negligence can take a variety of forms:

  • A medical professional may fail to carry out a suitable examination and assessment of a patient who might be developing cauda equina syndrome. This may mean that they fail to observe signs and symptoms which suggest that the patient's lower back pain may require immediate investigation and surgery
  • A medical professional may ignore or fail to recognise that the symptoms which the patient is presenting represent the possible early symptoms of cauda equina syndrome. The patient may have incomplete cauda equina syndrome and require an emergency MRI scan. A failure to arrange this when most medical professionals would have done so could be considered to be clinically negligent and justify a compensation claim.
  • A medical professional may arrange a regular or urgent referral for an MRI scan when, in fact, what the patient needed, and what their symptoms demanded, was an emergency and immediate referral.
  • The medical professional may consider, perhaps rightly, that the patient's symptoms do not necessitate an emergency referral but may fail to warn the patient of the red flag symptoms of cauda equina syndrome which should prompt them to go to Accident and Emergency immediately
  • The hospital may fail to organise an emergency MRI scan due either to a failure to understand the severity of the situation or lack of facilities. In the latter case, they should arrange for the patient to be transferred as a facility which does have a suitable MRI scanner
  • The results of the MRI scan may be delayed, thereby delaying a confirmed diagnosis and surgery.
  • Decompression surgery may be delayed beyond the recommended timing due to lack of suitably experienced medical professionals or misinterpretation of the MRI results.

Speak to a specialist medical negligence solicitor

If you or a loved one are suffering the appalling, permanent symptoms of cauda equina syndrome due to failings in medical care, contact Glynns to talk to a specialist medical negligence solicitor.

We have supported numerous clients in pursuing claims for the negligence which has caused such devastating disability, and will be very happy to advise you.

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