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Disabled by Cauda Equina Syndrome?

Disabled by Cauda Equina Syndrome?

If diagnosed early, cauda equina syndrome need not be a pathway to disability. If medical delays have left you permanently disabled, however, a compensation claim can help to address your difficulties.

Cauda equina disability

Cauda equina syndrome results from the compression of the cauda equina nerves at the base of the spine. Due to the crucial role the nerves play in both sensation and movement in the lower part of the body, their compression can compromise an individual's level of physical ability.

If a person is suffering from complete cauda equina syndrome (also referred to as CESR), they are likely to be experiencing the following losses:

  • Loss of lower limb mobility and sensation
  • Loss of ankle reflexes
  • Loss of sensation and control in the bowel, resulting in bowel incontinence
  • Loss of sensation and control of the bladder, resulting in urinary incontinence

If diagnosis and surgery are achieved at an early stage, however, the patient has an increased chance or retaining lower body function.

Medical negligence

The severity of the symptoms associated with cauda equina syndrome make it absolutely vital that this appalling condition is diagnosed as promptly as possible. If medical professionals are responsible for a delay in diagnosis and surgery, they may be regarded as having been negligent.

Moments where a delay could be crucial and where negligence might be considered to have occurred would include the following:

  • If a medical professional fails to recognise the possible symptoms of cauda equina syndrome resulting in a misdiagnosis and delay in treatment
  • If a medical professional fails to advise a patient as to the red flag symptoms which should prompt them to go to hospital, thereby allowing the patient to deteriorate without the necessary medical attention
  • If an MRI scan is delayed, resulting in a delay in surgery and a poor outcome due to deteriorating symptoms
  • If surgery is delayed, allowing the patient's condition to worsen

Claiming compensation

Compensation claims for cauda equina syndrome medical negligence are extremely complex and require the attention of specialist solicitors.

Glynns Solicitors is a dedicated 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 appalling impact of cauda equina syndrome due to poor-quality medical care.

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