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Claiming Compensation for Loss of Bladder Function due to CES

Claiming Compensation for Loss of Bladder Function due to CES

Altered bladder function, and possible loss of function, can be fairly early symptoms of cauda equina syndrome. The sooner diagnosis is confirmed and surgery carried out, the more likely the patient is to recover this function.

Cauda equina syndrome and the bladder

The greater the delay in decompression surgery for cauda equine syndrome, the more chance there is that the patient will lose control of their bladder completely.

The first signs of cauda equina syndrome are usually lower back and leg pain. Following this, as the function of the cauda equina nerves becomes increasingly reduced, however, the patient may start to notice that they are experiencing changes in their urination and bladder function:

  • They may find it difficult to start urinating
  • They may have an altered flow
  • They may not feel that they have effectively emptied their bladder
  • They may lose the sensation of needing to urinate
  • They may become incontinent of urine, leaking from the bladder without control

If a patient is experiencing the symptoms of altered urination but still knows that they need to urinate and can still feel, and to a degree control, the process, there is a good chance that they will recovery function so long as decompression of the cauda equine nerves is carried out as promptly as possible.

Bladder symptoms and diagnosis

If the patient does not receive a diagnosis or undergo surgery until they have lost bladder sensation, the chance of recovery of function is reduced and may be completely lost.

Prompt diagnosis is, therefore, fundamental and a failure to consider, assess and investigate a patient who has possible cauda equina symptoms may be regarded as negligent.

It is possible that the patient with lower back pain and some urinary symptoms does not have cauda equina syndrome but a failure to even consider this possibility may be regarded as substandard care and justify a claim for compensation.

Making a claim

If a patient suffers long-term, debilitating problems because their medical professional did not consider that their symptoms might be indicative of cauda equina syndrome, a compensation claim might be a good way forward.

Loss of bladder function can impact on a person's life in a variety of distressing ways and may affect their ability to work. A successful claim can compensate for financial losses associated with the poor outcome.

Speak to a solicitor

If you or a loved one are suffering the impact of cauda equina syndrome due to poor medical management, contact Glynns to talk to a specialist medical negligence solicitor.

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