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Compensation Claims for Cauda Equina Syndrome

If a patient is suffering the long-term impact of cauda equina syndrome due to poor-quality medical care, it may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

Cauda equina syndrome compensation claims often focus on the diagnosis process and associated negligence. It is, however, possible that delays by the hospital in arranging an MRI scan or in organising surgery may also be regarded as substandard care if they have caused the patient to suffer poor long-term health.

Diagnosis

Diagnosing cauda equina syndrome before the patient loses their bladder sensation completely is vital. Up to this point, it is possible that emergency surgery may save the patient's lower body function. Beyond this point, it is possible that the patient's loss of bladder function, bowel function and mobility may become permanent.

A timely diagnosis requires an understanding of the signs and symptoms of cauda equina syndrome as well as a willingness to refer the patient for an immediate MRI scan.

If this is lacking, the patient's diagnosis may be delayed until after their nerve function has been lost.

A failure to diagnose this appalling condition at an early stage when there had been an opportunity to do so may be regarded as negligent.

MRI scans

An emergency MRI scan may be necessary to confirm the clinical diagnosis. If a medical facility does not have the required resources to carry this out at the time it is needed, whether day or night, it is essential that they make arrangements to transfer the patient to another facility as a matter of emergency.

A failure to do so may be regarded as substandard care.

Decompression surgery

If a patient has been diagnosed with incomplete cauda equina syndrome, it is generally regarded as necessary that they should undergo surgery within a few hours.

If this is not arranged, allowing the patient's condition to deteriorate, the hospital may be regarded as having acted negligently.

If the patient suffers a poor long-term outcome as a result, it might be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

Speak to a specialist

Cauda equina syndrome compensation claims are highly complex and require the guidance of an experienced solicitor.

Glynns Solicitors is a specialist medical negligence legal practice with extensive expertise in cauda equina syndrome claims.

Contact us today if you or a loved one are struggling with the effects of cauda equina syndrome due to poor medical care.

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