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Suing My GP for Failing to Refer me with CESI

If you are exhibiting the symptoms of incomplete cauda equina syndrome, it is imperative that you achieve a diagnosis as a matter of emergency. If your surgery was delayed due to a failure to refer in time, leaving you with severe long-term symptoms, it might be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

Surgery for cauda equina syndrome

Emergency surgery is usually crucial in treating cauda equina syndrome.

A patient suffering with incomplete cauda equina syndrome still has a chance of recovery of lower body function if they receive a diagnosis and undergo surgery before their condition deteriorates.

Patients with incomplete cauda equina syndrome are likely to be experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Lower back and leg pain, possibly radiating to both legs
  • Tingling or loss of sensation in the saddle area between the legs
  • Possible loss of sensation around the anus
  • Alteration of sensation and control of the bladder and when urinating

Emergency surgery, removing the cause of compression on the cauda equine nerves at the base of the spine, may enable the patient to make a good recovery.

Incomplete and complete cauda equina syndrome

Incomplete cauda equina syndrome is, however, described in this way as it is possible for the compression to continue and the loss of function to increase. Once the patient has fully lost sensation of the bladder and may be experiencing incontinence, they are regarded as having complete cauda equina syndrome.

It is imperative that surgery is carried out before this stage is reached. It would seem that decompression surgery has a lesser chance of restoring function once bladder function has been lost.

Therefore, when a medical professional is presented with a patient exhibiting symptoms of incomplete cauda equina syndrome, it is vital that they make a referral for an emergency MRI scan. If this does not take place and the patient deteriorates to complete cauda equina syndrome in the intervening delay, it might be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

A successful claim will compensate not only for the pain and suffering of the individual but also for their past and future financial losses associated with the effects of the delay.

Speak to a solicitor

If you or a loved one are suffering with the appalling long-term impact of cauda equina syndrome due to medical delays, contact Glynns Solicitors to talk to a specialist medical negligence solicitor.

We have supported numerous clients in making highly-successful cauda equine claims and will be very happy to advise you.

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