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Cauda Equina Syndrome Diagnosis Negligence

Cauda Equina Syndrome Diagnosis Negligence

A delay in diagnosing cauda equina syndrome may be regarded as negligent and, where the patient is left with long-term disability, may justify a claim for compensation.

Cauda equina syndrome negligence

The vast majority of clients who come to us seeking support for cauda equina syndrome negligence have suffered similar experiences: their GP or Accident and Emergency practitioner has failed to recognise or respond to their cauda equina syndrome symptoms. As a result, the patient has been left with permanent cauda equina nerve dysfunction and appalling lower body symptoms of incontinence and paralysis.

Cauda equina nerve compression can be a medical emergency and a failure by medical practitioners to make an emergency referral when necessary may result in a very high-value compensation claim.

Possible negligence

  • A failure to warn a patient with lower back and leg pain of the red flag symptoms of cauda equina syndrome and the need to attend Accident and Emergency immediately if they should develop
  • A failure to examine or question a patient for signs and symptoms of cauda equina syndrome when it would normally be considered necessary
  • A failure to make an urgent referral for an MRI scan for a patient who has symptoms suggesting that they are at risk of cauda equina syndrome
  • A failure to make an emergency referral for an MRI scan for a patient who is exhibiting red flag symptoms of cauda equina syndrome such as bladder dysfunction or loss of sensation in the saddle area

Many of our clients have alerted their medical practitioner to the fact that they are experiencing urinary difficulties as well as lower back pain but this aspect of their problem has been ignored. Consequently, their MRI scan, their diagnosis and their decompression surgery have all been delayed.

During the delay, all of our clients suffered a deterioration in their symptoms and a worse long-term outcome than had their symptoms been recognised and acted upon.

Speak to a solicitor

If your decompression surgery was delayed due to medical negligence, contact Glynns Solicitors. If you are now suffering significant lower body dysfunction as a result, it may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

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