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Making a Compensation Claim for Cauda Equina Syndrome Negligence

Making a Compensation Claim for Cauda Equina Syndrome Negligence

Substandard care of cauda equina compression may justify a claim for compensation if you have suffered a poor long-term outcome.

Substandard medical care of cauda equina syndrome

If you believe that you have been the victim of substandard medical care of cauda equina syndrome, there may be a number of reasons for your concern:

  • Your GP or Accident and Emergency practitioner did not recognise your early symptoms of cauda equina syndrome, leading to a misdiagnosis and a delay in accessing an MRI scan
  • You were given no red flag warnings by your medical professional, meaning that your attendance at hospital was delayed as you did not understand the urgency of your situation
  • Your MRI scan was delayed due to lack of facilities at your local hospital, allowing time for your condition to deteriorate
  • Your surgery was delayed, meaning that your symptoms and long-term outcome deteriorated in the intervening period.

The significance of delays in cauda equina syndrome

A delay in the diagnosis and treatment of cauda equina syndrome can sometimes lead to a catastrophic outcome. Caused by the compression of the cauda equina nerves at the base of the spine, CES is usually a progressive condition where increasing compression causes increasing loss of lower body function. Consequently, if the condition can be identified at an early stage, there is a greater chance of preventing further compression and a possibility of recovery of lost function.

Equally, delays in medical care can allow time for the condition to progress further, with worsening compression and greater dysfunction.

The crucial role of the cauda equina nerves in lower body function means that, if the nerves become compressed, the individual can lose control and sensation in the bladder, bowel, genitals and legs.

Making a claim for compensation

If substandard medical care causes a patient to suffer a worse long-term outcome than would otherwise have been the case, the law allows that the individual affected is entitled to compensation. This should restore them to the position they would have enjoyed financially had the negligence not occurred.

If, for example, the victim is now restricted in their capacity to work and, therefore, suffers a loss of income, a successful compensation claim would take that financial loss into account.

A successful compensation claim can also provide the patient with a sense that justice has been done and their poor-quality treatment acknowledged.

Speak to a solicitor

If you or a loved one are struggling with the appalling symptoms of cauda equina syndrome due to substandard medical care, contact Glynns Solicitors, specialists in medical negligence compensation.

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