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Suing My GP for Failing to Check if I Had Cauda Equina Syndrome

Suing My GP for Failing to Check if I Had Cauda Equina Syndrome

The urgency of cauda equina syndrome. If a patient contacts medical professionals exhibiting possible early symptoms of cauda equina syndrome, it is crucial that they are thoroughly examined in order to clarify if they are experiencing any additional signs of neurological dysfunction. If this proves to be the case, it is likely that they will need either urgent or emergency decompression surgery.

Without such surgery, the patient's loss of nerve function may never be recovered and they may suffer incontinence and loss of mobility for the rest of their life. Clearly, therefore, a failure to examine a patient can prove to be catastrophic for the patient and prompt a claim for compensation.

Assessing for cauda equina syndrome

For example, if a patient who has previously been suffering with pain in the lower back and one leg starts to experience symptoms in the other leg, they may be at risk of developing cauda equina syndrome. It would be appropriate for a medical professional to check for any other signs. This might include the following:

  • Is the patient experiencing any difficulties when urinating such as a poor flow?
  • Does a pinprick assessment indicate that the patient is losing sensation in the saddle area?
  • Does the patient have any difficulties with flexing their ankle?
  • Does a digital, rectal examination show that the patient has reduced anal tone?

A positive response to these assessments may suggest that the patient is, indeed, starting to suffer loss of function due to compression of the cauda equina nerves. An MRI scan would be necessary to confirm this possible diagnosis.

If no examination is carried out, it is unlikely that the patient will receive the care they need. If their condition deteriorates, they may be left with the following permanent symptoms:

  • Bowel incontinence
  • Bladder incontinence
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Loss of mobility

Claiming compensation

If a patient suffers long-term disability such as the above symptoms because their medical practitioner failed to undertake the necessary assessment at the right time, it may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

The patient may well be finding it difficult to work and the loss of income in addition to the physical losses can be very hard to deal with. Many patients suffer psychologically due to the devastating impact of cauda equina syndrome on their life.

A successful compensation claim can help the victim to deal with these physical, psychological and financial problems.

Seek medical advice

If you or a loved one are suffering from the impact of cauda equina syndrome because a medical practitioner failed to recognise the significance of your symptoms, contact us her at Glynns. We have extensive experience in the field of cauda equina syndrome compensation and will be very happy to advise you.

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