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CES Negligence Compensation Claims

CES, or cauda equina syndrome, is a medical condition where timing is crucial. Delays in either diagnosis or treatment can leave the patient with permanent and disabling symptoms. Where delays are due to medical failings, it may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

Unfortunately, delays do occur for a variety of reasons, which may be due to no fault on the part of the patient whose life may be turned upside down by the outcome.

Diagnosis failings

  • If a patient attends their medical practitioner with lower back and leg pain, it is important that they are assessed for any symptoms which might indicate that their symptoms are, in fact, caused by compression of the cauda equina nerves. A failure to assess may mean that the red flag symptoms are missed.
  • Where a patient is, in fact, displaying red flag symptoms such as loss of sensation in the saddle area or bladder dysfunction or mobility problems, it is vital that their medical professional recognises the significance of these symptoms and, if necessary, makes a referral for an immediate MRI scan. A failure to do so may be regarded as negligent.
  • If an assessment is carried out and the patient thankfully is not exhibiting symptoms of cauda equina dysfunction, it is necessary, nonetheless, that they are warned of the red flag symptoms just in case they should develop. The patient needs to understand the circumstances which should prompt them to attend Accident and Emergency immediately in order to avoid long term loss of lower body function.
  • A failure to organise an MRI scan as a matter of emergency for a patient who appears to be displaying symptoms of cauda equina syndrome may delay their surgery and may be regarded as negligent.


  • If a patient has been diagnosed with incomplete cauda equina syndrome, meaning that they still retain some bladder function or sensation, surgery may be considered to be necessary within a matter of hours. A failure to organise surgery as an emergency may be regarded as negligent.

Claiming Compensation

If delays in either diagnosis of treatment of cauda equina syndrome mean that the patient's condition deteriorates before surgery is undertaken, they may suffer debilitating symptoms permanently. In such circumstances, it may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation. A successful compensation claim can provide recompense for the patient's pain, suffering and financial losses which have been caused by the negligence.

Speak to a solicitor

If you or a loved one are struggling with the appalling permanent symptom of cauda equina syndrome due to delays in diagnosis or treatment, contact Glynns Solicitors today.

We have supported many clients in making claims for the impact of medical negligence in relation to this appalling condition and will be very happy to advise you.

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