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Suing the NHS for a Negligent Examination for Cauda Equina Syndrome

Suing the NHS for a Negligent Examination for Cauda Equina Syndrome

A failure to examine a patient with symptoms of cauda equina syndrome may cause a devastating outcome and justify a claim for compensation.

Assessing for cauda equina syndrome

If a patient attends their medical practitioner, be it their GP or an Accident and Emergency practitioner, with possible early signs of cauda equina syndrome, it is vital that they are thoroughly examined for any signs of neurological dysfunction.

For example, a patient with lower back and leg pain may not realise that their recent difficulties with urinating are anything to do with the functioning of their cauda equina nerves.

They may not even realise that they are losing sensation in the saddle area between the legs and around the buttocks.

If their medical practitioner does not examine them for signs that their lower back pain may be a sign of cauda equina nerve compression, the patient may not receive a diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome until it is too late for surgery to bring about recovery of function.

Cauda equina nerves

The cauda equina nerves at the base of the spine allow the brain to recognise sensation in the lower body as well as to provide motor function. Compression of the nerves can cause dysfunction of the bladder and bowel as well as loss of mobility.

If the medical practitioner carries out a thorough examination and identifies signs that the cauda equina nerves are failing in their function, the patient may need an immediate referral for an emergency MRI scan.

If the medical professional fails to carry out such an examination, any symptoms of neurological dysfunction may remain unrecognised. The patient's condition may deteriorate as this is a progressive condition. Once the patient has lost bladder sensation, surgery to decompress the nerves may be less successful than had it taken place at an earlier date and the patient may be left with a lifetime of disability.

If the patient wakes up two days after they have been inappropriately reassured by their medical professional to find that they have wet the bed, it may be too late for surgery to make a significant difference.

Speak to a solicitor

If you or a loved one are suffering the appalling impact of cauda equina syndrome due to a delay in your diagnosis, contact Glynns Solicitors to talk to a specialist medical negligence solicitor.

We have supported numerous clients whose medical professionals have failed them at a key moment, leaving them with a lifetime of physical and emotional difficulties.

One of our team of specialist medical negligence solicitors will be very happy to discuss your situation with you.

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