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Making a Claim for Cauda Equina Negligence

Making a Claim for Cauda Equina Negligence

Medical negligence relating to cauda equina syndrome can mean the difference between recovery of lower body function and permanent disability. If you or a loved one are suffering the impact of poor-quality medical care, it might be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

Negligence in cauda equina syndrome

Negligence in the medical management of cauda equina syndrome can occur at several points in the process of diagnosis and treatment.

  • A failure by a medical practitioner to recognise the possible symptoms of cauda equina syndrome such as bilateral leg pain and sensation losses
  • A failure to carry out a thorough examination for red flag symptoms when faced with a patient with lower back and leg pain
  • A failure to warn a patient with lower back and leg pain of the red flag symptoms of cauda equina syndrome and the need to attend Accident and Emergency immediately should these symptoms develop
  • A failure to refer a patient for an immediate MRI scan to assess the condition of their spine when the symptoms warrant such action
  • A failure by a medical facility to arrange an MRI scan in a timely manner once the need has been identified
  • A failure to assess and report the results of an MRI scan promptly and accurately
  • A failure to organise emergency decompression of the spine where the clinical examination and MRI scan show this to be the appropriate course of treatment

Cauda equina syndrome and quality of life

Knowledgeable and timely responses to possible signs of cauda equina syndrome are crucial to the patient's long-term well-being and quality of life.

A failure to provide this level of medical care may be regarded as negligent and justify a claim for compensation for the impact of such negligence.

Patients facing a lifetime of double incontinence and loss of mobility not only suffer the physical and psychological effects of their condition. They also suffer the broader effects such as possible loss of employment and income, loss of independence and dependence on care and external support.

The financial impact of cauda equina syndrome can be devastating. A successful compensation claim can help to resolve the financial problems caused by the medical negligence.

Speak to a solicitor

If you are struggling with the impact of cauda equina syndrome due to poor medical management of your condition, contact Glynns to talk to a specialist medical negligence solicitor about your situation.

It might be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

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