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Suing the NHS for Missing CES Symptoms

Suing the NHS for Missing CES Symptoms

Cauda equina syndrome is a devastating and life-changing condition. Medical professionals who fail to consider the symptoms indicative of this appalling illnesses may face claims for compensation.

Investigating cauda equina syndrome

If an individual is exhibiting possible symptoms of cauda equina syndrome, it is crucial that their medical professional (GP, physiotherapist or Accident and Emergency practitioner) refers them for further investigation with an MRI scan. If they fail to do this, the patient can very quickly deteriorate and be left with a lifetime of double incontinence and loss of mobility.

It is not uncommon for someone with cauda equina syndrome to lose their physical independence, to be unable to work and to find it difficult to leave their home.

Symptoms of cauda equina syndrome

If a patient attends their medical professional with pain in the lower back and one leg, it is important that they are assessed and questioned as to any other possible symptoms which might suggest a diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome.

A failure to make this assessment may mean that the diagnosis comes too late for surgery to bring about much recovery of function.

Symptoms which might indicate cauda equina syndrome include the following:

  • Alteration or loss of sensation in the saddle area between the legs and around the buttocks
  • Alteration or difficulty in urination experience such as loss of sensation or having to strain
  • Symptoms such as weakness and pins and needles affecting both legs
  • Alteration of sensation when defecating

Any additional symptoms of cauda equina syndrome should merit an emergency referral to the local hospital for an MRI scan. Where that facility is not available locally, arrangements should be made for the patient to undergo an MRI scan at the nearest possible location.

Medical negligence

Medical professionals who disregard possible cauda equina symptoms, who fail to assess the patient thoroughly or who fail to make the appropriate referral may be regarded as having provided a substandard level or care.

If the patient's long-term disability is believed to be a product of the delay caused by the medical professional's negligence, it might be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

Such compensation can take into account the patient's pain and suffering as well as their financial losses, both past and present, as well as their care needs. This may involve the need for single-storey accommodation or alterations to the patient's existing home.

Speak to a solicitor

If you or a loved one are suffering the appalling, permanent impact of cauda equine syndrome due to a failure by medical professionals to consider your symptoms, contact Glynns Solicitors today.

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

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