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Compensation for Mobility Loss due to Cauda Equina Syndrome

Compensation for Mobility Loss due to Cauda Equina Syndrome

If you or a loved one have become dependent on a wheelchair or a stick due to delayed surgery for cauda equina syndrome, it might be appropriate to make a claim for compensation. Ring Glynns Solicitors to talk to a specialist medical negligence solicitor.

Cauda equina syndrome and mobility losses

Loss of mobility and loss of balance are a common feature of cauda equina syndrome. If the patient is suffering severe loss of function, they are likely to also be experiencing loss of bowel, bladder and sexual function.

When the cauda equina nerves start to lose their function, their ability to recognise sensation and to control movement in the lower body is lost as well.

As a result, the patient may suffer increasing and debilitating symptoms in the legs such as pain, tingling, weakness and numbness. They may also suffer a loss of ankle reflexes, rendering them unable to raise their feet and causing foot drop.

Such symptoms can result in a loss of income due to difficulties in returning to work, problems with driving and the possible need for adapted accommodation if the individual is unable to climb the stairs.

Diagnosis cauda equina syndrome

Patients with cauda equina syndrome need a prompt diagnosis and to undergo surgery to decompress their cauda equina nerves before their condition becomes too bad.

Cauda equina syndrome can be a progressive condition where the symptoms gradually get worse and worse. If the patient does not receive treatment, in the form of surgery, before they lose their bladder function, it would seem that their chance of recovering any function already lost is considerably reduced. This can mean permanent loss of pelvic function and mobility.

Consequently, a prompt diagnosis and timely surgery are the key to a good outcome.


If the patient attends their medical practitioner with the possible symptoms of cauda equina syndrome but does not receive an appropriate response, such as a referral for an urgent MRI scan, they may find that their symptoms deteriorate before any medical intervention can take place.

In such circumstances, the relevant medical practitioner may be regarded as negligent and a compensation claim for any associated financial losses which the patient suffers may be an appropriate course of action.

Speak to a solicitor

Here at Glynns we have supported numerous clients in making highly-successful, seven-figure compensation claims for cauda equina syndrome negligence.

Contact us today to discuss your situation with a lawyer with expertise in the negligence associated with this appalling condition.

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