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Compensating Paralysis Due to Cauda Equina Negligence

Compensating Paralysis Due to Cauda Equina Negligence

In addition to the horrific possibility of double incontinence, cauda equina syndrome can cause permanent loss of mobility if surgery is delayed.

Mobility and cauda equina syndrome

The appalling impact of cauda equina syndrome means that diagnosis and treatment can be a matter of emergency. The longer decompression of the spine is delayed, the greater the likelihood that the patient will suffer appalling symptoms. If the patient is left with complete cauda equina syndrome, meaning that their cauda equina nerves no longer function, their mobility may be affected in a number of ways:

  • Weakness in both legs
  • Loss of sensation in both legs
  • Loss of ankle reflexes, causing foot drop where the foot drags
  • Paralysis in both legs

Loss of mobility can be life-changing, affecting an individual's ability to drive, to carry out personal and household tasks, and possibly depriving them of their ability to work. Essentially, it can deprive an individual of their very independence.

Their home may now present them with numerous difficulties as their ability to manage the stairs or to move without a wheelchair or crutches becomes a health and safety issue and prevents them from negotiating their way around. It may be necessary to make significant changes to their accommodation. It may be necessary to move to more suitable accommodation.

Medical negligence

If medical professionals have been responsible for the delay in the patient accessing surgery, it may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

  • The patient's symptoms may have been misdiagnosed
  • The patient may not have received an emergency MRI scan when it would generally have been regarded as necessary
  • The patient may not have been advised of the red flag symptoms which would indicate the need to go to Accident and Emergency immediately
  • Despite diagnosis, surgery may have been delayed, allowing the patient's symptoms and long-term outcome to deteriorate

Speak to a solicitor

If you or a loved one are suffering the shocking impact of cauda equina syndrome and loss of mobility due to the failings of medical professionals, contact Glynns Solicitors.

As a specialist medical negligence legal practice, we have a team of experienced solicitors who will be happy to discuss your situation with you.

Call us today if you or a loved one are struggling with the permanent impact of this shocking condition due to poor-quality medical care.

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