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Timing in Cauda Equina Syndrome Negligence Claims

Timing in Cauda Equina Syndrome Negligence Claims

Timing is crucial in cauda equina negligence claims for a number of reasons, If you think you have a claim, act now.

Legal limitation

The law imposes strict regulations on the timing of compensation claims for medical negligence. This means that a claim needs to be initiated within three years from the date of the alleged negligence. For example, if your negligent care occurred in January 2020, a claim should be commenced by January 2023.

Due to the complex nature of cauda equina syndrome, compensation claims related to this appalling condition can be lengthy as well as complicated. The sooner a claim is commenced, the sooner it will be resolved. It is advisable to seek the advice of a specialist medical negligence lawyer as soon as possible.

Timing in diagnosis and surgery

Timing is also important in terms of diagnosis and treatment and the assessment of negligence due to the progressive nature of this distressing condition.

If a patient visits their GP or Accident and Emergency facility with possible early symptoms of cauda equina syndrome, such as pain in the lower back and altered urinary function, they may require a referral for an MRI scan to confirm the underlying cause as a matter of emergency.

If such a course of action is not undertaken, the patient's symptoms may continue to deteriorate, leaving them with permanent and disabling problems such as incontinence and paralysis. In such circumstances, the relevant medical professionals may be regarded as having provided substandard care.

Once a diagnosis of nerve compression has been confirmed, the patient may require surgery within a matter of hours. If they still retain some nerve function, early surgery should prevent any further function losses. If surgery is delayed, however, the patient may deteriorate and lose further lower body function.

Such an outcome may be regarded as negligent and may justify a claim for compensation.

Speak to a solicitor

Glynns Solicitors is a specialist medical negligence compensation legal practice. With extensive expertise in cauda equina negligence claims, we have assessed hundreds of inquiries relating to this appalling condition and supported numerous clients in achieving highly-successful conclusions to their case.

Contact us today to talk to a specialist solicitor free of charge, with a view to assessing your situation and the suitability of making a claim for compensation.

If you or a loved one are struggling with the appalling impact of this condition due to medical negligence, contact us to speak with a specialist medical negligence solicitor about your situation.

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