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Cauda Equina Syndrome Due to Delayed Diagnosis of a Slipped Disc

Cauda Equina Syndrome Due to Delayed Diagnosis of a Slipped Disc

A slipped disc in the lumbar, or lower, region of the back can cause permanent loss of function in the lower body. If you have been left with cauda equina symptoms due to a delay in diagnosing your slipped disc, it may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

Spinal discs and nerve function

A slipped disc in the spine, otherwise called a prolapsed or herniated disc, can cause pressure on the nerves which are found in the spinal region of the body. The spinal discs separate and protect the vertebrae of the spine allowing ease of movement. However, if the softer gel-like substance inside a spinal disc pushes through the tougher, outer layer of the disc, it can press on surrounding anatomical structures such as the nerves of the central nervous system.

If this occurs in the lumbar region where the cauda equina nerves are found, it can spell disaster for the patient. The cauda equina nerves serve as an essential conduit for messages of sensation and movement between the lower body and the brain. A loss of function in these nerves can mean that the patient will suffer an array of highly-distressing and debilitating symptoms.

  • Loss of sensation when needing to urinate
  • Loss of control over urination, leading to incontinence
  • Loss of feeling around the anus
  • Loss of control over the passing of wind
  • Loss of control over the passing of faeces
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Foot drop, where loss of ankle reflexes causes a foot to drag
  • Muscle weakness and numbness in the legs leading to loss of mobility

Medical negligence

As can be imagined, such symptoms can be utterly destructive to an individual's life, reducing their capacity to work, travel and socialise as well as, in some situations, depriving the person of their fundamental independence.

Early diagnosis of this condition, called cauda equina syndrome, is essential in order to ensure that the patient undergoes decompression surgery before loss of function is irreversible.

If the opportunity to diagnose cauda equina syndrome is missed by medical professionals, they may be regarded as having acted negligently.

If the patient suffers on-going symptoms and difficulties as a result of those medical delays, it may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

This can provide recompense for the patient's pain, suffering and financial losses associated with the negligence.

Speak to a solicitor

If you or a loved one are suffering the appalling impact of cauda equina syndrome due to a delay in diagnosing a herniated disc, contact Glynns Solicitors today.

We have supported numerous clients in making successful compensation claims in relation to this dreadful condition and one of our team of specialist medical negligence solicitors will be very happy to advise you.

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