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Suing the NHS for Mobility Problems due to Cauda Equina Syndrome

Suing the NHS for Mobility Problems due to Cauda Equina Syndrome

If surgery is delayed, cauda equina syndrome can cause severe loss of mobility. Function in the lower body is reduced or lost and the patient can become wheelchair-dependent. If such an appalling outcome is due to medical delays, it may be possible to make a claim for compensation for the patient's pain, suffering and financial losses.

Loss of mobility

If a patient loses their mobility, it can impact on so many aspects of life. Just going to do the shopping can become a major ordeal. Travelling to work, taking the children to school, going on holiday and doing the gardening can all seem like a complete impossibility. Even remaining independent can be difficult. And returning to work may not be possible.

The financial impact of such a loss of function can be significant. A reduction in income and an increase in support needs can result in significant financial losses.

A successful compensation claim can help to cover these losses.

Cauda equina and loss of function

Because the cauda equina nerves are responsible for some aspects of function in the lower body, damage to these nerves can cause a reduction in sensation from the lower body and control of function in the legs can be reduced or lost.

The nerves can lose their function if they become compressed or damaged for some reason such as a herniated disc and the longer the compression is allowed to develop, the greater the loss of function is likely to be. It is a progressive condition.

However, this also means that, if the condition is diagnosed and treated promptly, the patient has a chance of recovering function or at least of not suffering further function loss.

Medical negligence

It is imperative, therefore, that medical professionals are conversant with the symptoms of this appalling condition and recognise the need to test for them at an early stage.

A failure to warn a patient of the red flag symptoms or a failure to refer a patient with possible cauda equina symptoms for an MRI scan may be regarded as substandard care and may justify a claim for compensation.

Speak to a solicitor

If you or a loved one are suffering the horrific impact of cauda equina syndrome due to medical delays, contact Glynns to talk to a specialist medical negligence solicitor.

We have supported numerous clients in making highly-successful claims for negligence in relation to this appalling syndrome and will be very happy to advise you.

Speak to a solicitor

If you believe that the symptoms you are suffering may have been caused by the failings of your medical practitioners, contact Glynns today to talk to a specialist medical negligence solicitor.

We have supported numerous clients in making highly-successful compensation claims for this appalling condition and will be very happy to advise you.

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