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Claiming Compensation for Long-term Cauda Equina Syndrome Impact

Claiming Compensation for Long-term Cauda Equina Syndrome Impact

Developing cauda equina syndrome is not necessarily due to medical negligence. However, a failure by medical professionals to respond promptly and appropriately to this appalling condition can cause the patient to suffer a very poor outcome and may justify a claim for compensation.

The impact of cauda equina syndrome

Complete cauda equina syndrome can cause a wide variety of shocking and life-changing problems:

  • Loss of mobility may mean that the patient requires significant adaptations to be made to their home in order to maintain some degree of independent living. It may even be necessary to move to a more suitable form of accommodation.
  • If they are able to drive, the patient may require a specially-adapted vehicle as they may be suffering from foot drop having lost control of their ankle reflexes
  • Loss of bladder and possibly bowel control can make it very difficult to work. Many areas of employment may be unsuitable such as work which involves considerable public interaction or which requires a significant degree of travel. For some people, it may not be possible to work at all.
  • The patient may require physical help on a daily basis to achieve household and personal chores.

The financial implications of problems such as these are significant with the double issue of loss of income at the same time as high expenditure. A successful compensation claim can help the patient to deal with these problems.

When is a compensation claim appropriate?

A claim for compensation would only be appropriate if it is possible to establish that the patient's on-going symptoms and difficulties have been caused by a failure on the part of medical professionals to respond to their symptoms in a suitable and timely manner.

Cauda equina syndrome can be a medical emergency and a delay in diagnosing and treating this appalling condition may mean that the relevant medical professionals are regarded as having acted negligently.

If the delays allowed the patient's condition to deteriorate and caused the patient to suffer worse long-term symptoms than would otherwise have been the case, it may be appropriate to make a claim for the impact of the on-going symptoms.

Speak to a solicitor

If you believe that the symptoms you are suffering may have been caused by the failings of your medical practitioners, contact Glynns today to talk to a specialist medical negligence solicitor.

We have supported numerous clients in making highly-successful compensation claims for this appalling condition and will be very happy to advise you.

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