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Disabled by Caude Equina Syndrome Medical Negligence

Disabled by Caude Equina Syndrome Medical Negligence

If a patient with incomplete cauda equina syndrome does not receive the appropriate level of care, they may be left permanently disabled. Such circumstances might justify a claim for compensation.

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The effects of cauda equina syndrome

The compression of the cauda equina nerves at the base of the spine can cause key parts of the patient's lower body to cease to function, leaving the patient unable to participate in many aspects of normal, everyday life.

  • Loss of bladder function can mean that the patient no longer senses when they need to urinate and additional loss of urinary control may render them incontinent and dependent on a catheter for bladder function.
  • Loss of bowel control may cause the patient to become incontinent of both wind and faeces, making many fields of employment inappropriate and risking the patient's income. Some patients with complete cauda equina syndrome are unable to work at all due to their condition. The patient's social life and confidence can suffer.
  • Loss of sexual sensation and function can impact significantly on the individual's self-confidence and put pressure on their personal relationships.
  • Muscle weakness in the legs and foot drop due to loss of ankle reflexes can effectively render the patient dependent on a stick or, in the worst cases, dependent on a wheelchair. This may necessitate considerable change to the home environment or the need to move to more suitable accommodation.

The psychological impact can, understandably, also be devastating and the financial implications are often considerable.

Medical negligence

Once this appalling condition is diagnosed, decompression surgery may be a matter of emergency.

If a delay occurs in the process of diagnosis or undertaking surgery, the patient's condition may deteriorate and they may be left with permanent symptoms despite surgery.

If you are suffering with the disabling effects of complete cauda equina syndrome, you are likely to be aware of the financial impact of this terrible condition. An inability to work or restrictions on the nature of employment can cause a devastating loss of income and pension prospects.

Making your home suitable to your needs can also be costly as can paying someone to undertake household tasks which you now struggle to achieve.

If this situation sounds familiar, ring Glynns today to talk to a specialist medical negligence solicitor about the possibility of making a compensation claim.

A successful claim can provide compensation for financial losses associated with the effects of the delay and costs of care where necessary.

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