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Compensation For Complete Cauda Equina Syndrome

Compensation For Complete Cauda Equina Syndrome

Complete cauda equina syndrome can mean that the patient will suffer permanent bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction as well as loss of mobility. It is a devastating combination of symptoms and can significantly restrict the individual's independence and ability to work.

Causes of cauda equina syndrome

If a patient is suffering with complete cauda equina syndrome it is because the cauda equina nerves at the base of the spine are being compressed to the extent that they no longer work.

This loss of function can mean that messages of sensation and movement are no longer transmitted between the lower body and the brain.

The compression of the nerves may be due to a variety of causes such as a prolapsed disc.

Preventing complete cauda equina syndrome

The way to prevent complete cauda equina syndrome is to undergo decompression of the cauda equina nerves whilst recovery of function is still possible. This seems to mean that the decompression needs to take place before the patient loses bladder sensation completely.

Once this milestone has passed, it seems that surgery may bring about significantly less recovery than had it happened at an earlier stage.

Diagnosing cauda equina syndrome

The key question then is: why did the patient not undergo surgery until they had passed this point?

If the patient delayed attending a medical facility until their symptoms were too far advanced or if their symptoms developed suddenly, it may that there was nothing any medical practitioner could have done to improve their outcome.

However, if medical professionals had an opportunity to diagnose the patient's condition at an earlier stage but failed to do so, they may be regarded as having provided substandard care.

If the patient subsequently deteriorates during the delay before diagnosis and surgery, the relevant medical professionals may be regarded as responsible for the deterioration in the patient's long-term outcome.

It may then be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

Shockingly, we have had numerous clients whose cauda equina syndrome symptoms were not diagnosed or investigated repeatedly, leaving them struggling to come to terms with a much-restricted lifestyle.

Speak to a solicitor

If you or a loved one are suffering permanent and debilitating symptoms due to a delay in the diagnosis and treatment of cauda equina syndrome, contact Glynns Solicitors to talk to a specialist medical negligence solicitor.

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