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Compensation for Permanent Cauda Equina Disability

Compensation for Permanent Cauda Equina Disability

The cauda equina nerves are essential to effective lower body function. If diagnosis of compression of these nerves is delayed, it may be useful to make a claim for compensation.

Permanent CES disability

Compression or squashing of the cauda equina nerves in the lower back can prevent them from functioning. The long-term outcome can be permanent lower body disability. The cauda equina nerves pass messages of sensation and function between the brain and the lower body. This means that if they cannot work, an individual may struggle with a range of debilitating and life-changing symptoms.

If an individual cannot walk or cannot control their bladder and bowel, they may be restricted in the nature of employment they can undertake. Working in a wide range of jobs may no longer be possible and their income may suffer as a result.

Furthermore, a loss of mobility may make the individual dependent on care to achieve personal and household tasks such as dressing and shopping.

Understandably, the psychological impact can also be significant. This may be especially difficult when the patient's poor quality of life is due to delays in medical treatment.

Medical negligence in cauda equina syndrome

A delay in diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome may mean that the patient does not undergo the emergency surgery necessary to preserve their lower body function, sensation and control. If the patient's appalling symptoms are being caused by compression of the cauda equina nerves, decompression of the nerves may be needed as a matter of emergency before further deterioration can occur.

Medical professionals may be regarded as negligent in five key areas in their response to cauda equina compression:

  • A delay in diagnosing the symptoms of cauda equina syndrome
  • A failure to warn a patient of the red flag symptoms
  • A failure to make a referral for an immediate MRI scan
  • A delay in organising the MRI scan
  • A delay in commencing decompression surgery

Making a claim for compensation

If you or a loved one are struggling with the shocking symptoms of complete cauda equina syndrome due to poor-quality medical care, it may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

Contact Glynns Solicitors, specialists in medical negligence compensation, to speak with an experienced solicitor who has expertise in cauda equina claims.

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