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CES Compensation: Delayed Diagnosis of a Ruptured Disc

CES Compensation: Delayed Diagnosis of a Ruptured Disc

A delay in diagnosing a ruptured disc in the lumbar region can completely change the patient's long-term outcome. If the patient is left with complete cauda equina syndrome as a result, it might be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

A ruptured disc and cauda equina syndrome

A ruptured disc in the lumbar region of the spine may press upon the cauda equina nerves and cause a loss of function.

If this is occurring, it is essential that the patient receives a referral for an MRI scan which will be able to rule out or confirm this situation.

If the patient does not undergo an MRI scan, their condition may worsen and become permanent, leaving them with significant lower body disability.

Responding to early symptoms

If a patient is demonstrating the possible early symptoms of cauda equina syndrome, such as pain in the lower back, it is important that they receive the correct medical response:

  • They need a thorough examination to check for any red flag symptoms of cauda equina syndrome such as bilateral leg pain or tingling, altered sensation in the saddle area or altered experience when urinating.
  • If signs of cauda equina syndrome are present, the patient may require a referral for an immediate MRI scan. They may need to attend their local Accident and Emergency facility as a matter of emergency.
  • If symptoms and signs indicative of cauda equina syndrome are not present, the patient should still be warned of the red flag symptoms which would mean that they need to attend hospital straight away.

If the patient is suffering from compression of the cauda equina nerves, it is likely that the compression will increase and their loss of lower body function will worsen.

If they do not receive the correct and timely response from their medical practitioner, their symptoms may not only increase, but they may become permanent.

Decompression surgery for cauda equina syndrome ideally needs to take place before any such deterioration occurs. If a delay in timely surgery is due to poor medical management of the patient's early symptoms, it may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

Speak to a solicitor

If you or a loved one are struggling with the long-term impact of cauda equina syndrome due to a delay in diagnosing your condition, contact Glynns Solicitors to talk to a specialist medical negligence solicitor.

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