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Compensating Severe Bladder And Bowel Dysfunction

Compensating Severe Bladder And Bowel Dysfunction

Poor-quality medical care of the appalling condition that is cauda equina syndrome may justify a claim for compensation if the patient suffers a debilitating long-term outcome.

Bladder and bowel dysfunction

Severe bladder and bowel dysfunction can be utterly debilitating, affecting almost every aspect of an individual's life from their ability to travel, to their ability to work and even to leave the home.

The psychological impact can also be significant, damaging the person's self-confidence and limiting their social interactions. Personals relationships can suffer, financial stability can come under intense pressure as well as the practical issues raised by the physical symptoms.

Where loss of bladder and bowel function has been brought about by poor medical care of cauda equina syndrome, it may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation. A successful claim will address the financial losses caused by the medical negligence, such as a reduced income due to restrictions on the type of employment that an individual can undertake.

Diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome

In order to avoid such a distressing and debilitating outcome, it is crucial that cauda equina syndrome is diagnosed and treated as promptly as possible.

In addition to lower back and leg pain, altered sensation in the bladder and altered urinary and bowel function are red flag symptoms of this appalling condition.

When faced with a patient who might appear to be suffering from sciatica, it is essential that medical professionals examine the patient for additional symptoms which might suggest that compression of the cauda equina nerves is the cause of the problems.

A patient who is developing cauda equina syndrome may need an emergency MRI scan and a failure to arrange this may be regarded as negligent. If the patient suffers permanent bowel and bladder dysfunction as a result of the negligence, a claim for compensation may be a helpful way forward, providing recompense for financial losses.

Speak to a specialist solicitor

If you or a loved one are struggling with the long-term impact of cauda equina syndrome due to poor medical care, contact Glynns Solicitors, specialists in medical negligence compensation.

One of our team of experienced solicitors will be very happy to discuss your situation with you and advise as to the suitability of making a claim for compensation.

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