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Support in Coping With Cauda Equina Syndrome

Support in Coping With Cauda Equina Syndrome

The Cauda Equina Syndrome Association offers not only the support of people who have experience of this debilitating condition, but also a range of strategies for easing the complexities of living with cauda equina syndrome - which are either free or reasonably priced.

Coping with CES

Their website, www.ihavecaudaequinasyndrome.co.uk, lists a wide variety of suggestions and useful contacts and advice relating to subjects such as disability badges, carer support, grants and financial support in a variety of guises.

Coping with a diagnosis of complete cauda equina syndrome on a daily business can be difficult. The permanent symptoms for those unfortunate enough to experience this debilitating condition make for distressing reading:

  • Loss of ability to control the passing of wind
  • Loss of ability to control the passing of faeces
  • Loss of bladder sensation and control
  • Loss of sexual sensation and function
  • Loss of mobility

The impact, day-to-day, on an individual's ability to perform regular personal and household tasks, let alone hold down a job, can be highly distressing. It may be impossible to work or the individual may find that their work is srestricted by their physical problems and that, therefore, their income is dramatically reduced.

It maybe that the individual is no longer able to function effectively in their own home and need to make considerable adjustments or may need to move to a completely different property which is single story.

A person with cauda equina syndrome who suffers with significant mobility problems may find that they need the support of a carer on a daily basis.

A successful compensation claim can help in coming to terms with the financial implications of the such a range of effects.

Medical Negligence

The timing of the diagnosis and commencement of surgery for cauda equina syndrome are absolutely key to the patient's long-term and, if medical professionals have failed in this regard, it may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

  • If a medical practitioner fails to understand the significance of the patient's possible CES symptoms, leading to a misdiagnosis or delayed referral for and MRI scan, they may be regarded as having been negligent
  • If medical practitioners fail to assess and examine the patient thoroughly for red flag symptoms of CES or fail to warn the patient of those red flag symptoms, they may be considered to have provided substandard care
  • If surgery is delayed for a patient with a diagnosis of incomplete cauda equina syndrome, the outcome can be catastrophic and the relevant medical professionals may be regarded as negligent

Making a claim

If you or a loved one are struggling with the impact of cauda equina syndrome and considering making a compensation claim, you should talk to a specialist.

Glynns Solicitors is a medical negligence legal practice with extensive experience of cauda equina syndrome claims. Contact us today to talk to one of our team of specialist medical negligence solicitors.

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