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Cauda Equina Syndrome: Compensation for Financial Losses

Cauda Equina Syndrome: Compensation for Financial Losses

The financial impact of cauda equina syndrome can be significant. If the patient's on-going physical problems are due to poor medical management, it might be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

The impact of cauda equina syndrome

A patient who finds that, despite surgery, they are left with the permanent symptoms of complete cauda equina syndrome, may face a lifetime of considerable disability.

The loss of the function of the cauda equina nerves at the base of the spine can leave the patient suffering the following distressing symptoms:

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

The physical and psychological impact of such an appalling combination of symptoms can be life-changing.

The financial impact can also be considerable.

  • The patient may find that they are limited in the type and amount of work they are able to undertake. They may not be able to work at all. Their income, as a result, may be significantly reduced in comparison to what they would have earned had their condition received early diagnosis and treatment.
  • The patient may not be able to undertake many household and personal tasks independently and may require care support in order to function on a daily basis. The costs of such support may be significant.
  • The patient may find that it is no longer feasible to remain in their existing home and may need either to make major changes to their accommodation or may need to move to more suitable accommodation.

Surgery for cauda equina syndrome can be a medical emergency. If the condition is diagnosed and treated promptly, there is a chance that the patient will make a recovery.

If diagnosis is delayed, however, the patient's condition can deteriorate, meaning that the optimum moment for surgery is lost and the patient's symptoms may become permanent.

Medical negligence

If a patient suffers the distressing nerve and physical losses described because poor medical care led to a delay in treatment, it may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

A successful compensation claim can provide recompense for the financial losses incurred as a result of the negligence, such as those identified above.

Speak to a solicitor

Here at Glynns, we have supported numerous clients in making highly-successful claims for the permanent impact of delayed diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome.

If you or a loved one are suffering from these shocking symptoms due to substandard medical care, contact us to talk to one of our team of specialist solicitors.

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