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CESR Due to Medical Negligence

CESR Due to Medical Negligence

If medical delays allow a patient's condition to deteriorate from incomplete cauda equina syndrome to complete, it may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

Timely treatment of cauda equina syndrome

If a patient is suffering from a ruptured disc in the lower back and is developing cauda equina syndrome, it is crucial that they are diagnosed as promptly as possible. With an early diagnosis and early surgery, further loss of lower body function should be halted and the patient may even experience some recovery.

If medical professionals delay, however, and the patient's symptoms deteriorate to the point where they are suffering with CESR or complete cauda equina syndrome, they may be regarded as having provided substandard care. It may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation if the patient suffers long-term disability as a result.


The difference between CESI and CESR may be the difference between presence of function in the lower body and complete loss of function in the form of double incontinence and loss of mobility.

An individual with CESR has lost the ability to sense when they need to urinate. They will be retaining urine in the bladder without realising. They may be suffering leakage or bladder incontinence as a result. Their bladder sensation and function has been lost.

It is possible that they are also suffering an array or other symptoms, including loss of mobility, loss of bowel function and sexual dysfunction.

A patient with CESI, however, still retains some lower body control and sensation which may be saved with timely decompression surgery.

Medical management of cauda equina syndrome

Due to the severity of the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of cauda equina syndrome may be a matter of emergency.

If red flag symptoms are present in a patient, their medical professional should make a referral for an emergency MRI scan, facilitating surgery at the earliest possible time.

A delay in recognising the symptoms, arranging an MRI scan or commencing surgery may all allow the patient's condition to deteriorate.

If the patient suffers long-term and debilitating symptoms, it may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

Specialist legal advice

The support of a specialist lawyer is essential if making a compensation claim for cauda equina syndrome.

If you or a loved one are struggling with the appalling impact of CES negligence, contact Glynns Solicitors, experts in medical negligence compensation, to discuss your situation with an experienced solicitor.

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