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Suing my GP for Cauda Equina Syndrome Delays

Suing my GP for Cauda Equina Syndrome Delays

If a patient is starting to develop cauda equina syndrome, the response of their GP is absolutely crucial to their long-term outcome. A delay can lead to a lifetime of disability.

Diagnosing cauda equina syndrome

When a patient visits their GP with symptoms which might indicate that they have cauda equina syndrome, the GP must consider the possibility that emergency action might be necessary.

If the patient is exhibiting symptoms of lower back pain and tingling, pain and/or numbness in one of their legs, it may be that they are developing sciatica and it might be acceptable to send them home with pain relief.

Even so, it is important that the patient is advised of the red flag symptoms of cauda equina syndrome, in case they should start to experience new and worrying symptoms.

If the patient has not been warned of the significance of these symptoms and they fail to go straight to Accident and Emergency, there is a possibility that their symptoms will deteriorate still further before surgery is undertaken and they will suffer a poor long-term outcome.

Red flag symptoms of cauda equina syndrome

If the patient is experiencing the following red flag symptoms, however, they should be advised by their GP to attend their nearest Accident and Emergency facility immediately for an emergency MRI scan.

  • Weakness, tingling and/or loss of sensation in both legs
  • Alteration in sensation when urinating such as having to strain to start or complete urination
  • Loss of awareness of needing to urinate
  • Tingling or loss of sensation around the saddle area and buttocks
  • Loss of sexual sensation

If the MRI scan shows that they are suffering compression of the cauda equina nerves at the base of the spine, it is likely that they will need emergency decompression surgery within hours.

If the GP does not take prompt action and refer the patient for an MRI scan, they may be considered to have acted negligently. If the patient subsequently suffers a poor, long-term outcome due to the subsequent delay in surgery, it may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

Speak to a solicitor

If you or a loved one are suffering the shocking, long-term symptoms of cauda equina syndrome, such as bowel and bladder incontinence, contact Glynns Solicitors today.

We have supported numerous clients who are struggling with complete cauda equina syndrome unnecessarily and will be very happy to discuss your situation with you.

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