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Compensation for Loss of Mobility due to Cauda Equina Syndrome

Compensation for Loss of Mobility due to Cauda Equina Syndrome

If you are suffering with complete cauda equina syndrome, you may be having severe difficulties with mobility. If your on-going symptoms have been caused by a delay in diagnosis, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

Effects of cauda equina syndrome

Cauda equina syndrome, the compression of nerves in the lower back, causes many aspects of the lower body to lose their function. Bowel and bladder function can be compromised or completely lost. Sexual sensation and control can be lost. Unfortunately, mobility can also become limited or lost and some victims of this appalling condition become reliant on a wheelchair.

The loss of nerve function can lead to numbness in the legs as well as loss of control of the ankle reflexes, producing what is known as foot drop, where the foot drags because the ability to flex it upwards has been lost.

Managing cauda equina syndrome

The key to minimising the effects of cauda equina syndrome is for the symptoms to be diagnosed and the patient to undergo surgery before they reach the 'complete' stage of the illness.

A patient is generally considered to be suffering with complete cauda equina syndrome once they have lost bladder sensation and experience painless retention of urine, leading to incontinence.

Once this stage has been reached, it is considered that surgery, although still regarded as necessary and urgent, is less likely to bring about recovery of function.

Therefore, it is absolutely crucial that patients who are starting to develop cauda equina syndrome are diagnosed and treated before they get to this stage - i.e. when they have incomplete cauda equina syndrome.

Responding to cauda equina syndrome

This requires a medical professional to recognise the possible significance of early CES symptoms such as alteration of experience when urinating and loss of sensation in the saddle area as well as lower back and leg pain. It also requires either an immediate referral for an MRI scan or a warning of the symptoms which should prompt the patient to go to Accident and Emergency immediately.

A failure by a medical professional to do any of these things when faced with possible CES symptoms may be regarded as negligent.

The permanent symptoms of cauda equina syndrome can bring about a significant restriction in quality of life, independence and ability to work. Due to their loss of mobility and incontinence many people with this condition find it difficult if not impossible to work. A successful compensation claim can help the victim to cope with the many of these problems.

Speak to a solicitor

If you or a loved one are suffering permanent cauda equina syndrome symptoms because your diagnosis and surgery were delayed by medical failings, contact Glynns today.

We have supported and continue to support numerous clients with cauda equina syndrome in making successful claims. One of our specialist medical negligence solicitors will be very happy to talk to you about a possible claim.

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