Cauda equina syndrome claims
If there were delays in diagnosing and treating your cauda equina syndrome, Slater and Gordon’s specialist legal experts can help get the compensation you deserve.
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What is a cauda equina syndrome?
(Latin for horse tail) refers to the bundle of key nerves located at the lower end of the spinal cord. Compression, trauma or other damage to this area of the spinal canal can result in cauda equina syndrome (CES).
Symptoms can include, severe lower back pain, muscle weakness in one or both legs or feet affecting your ability to walk, loss of feeling around the saddle area of your back and impaired bladder, bowel and sexual function.
CES requires an immediate investigation and possible surgical investigation.
What could lead to a medical negligence claim for cauda equina syndrome?
In most patients, an early diagnosis and early surgical intervention is vital for a positive outcome, so medical professionals are trained to identify symptoms of CES and these shouldn’t be ignored.
Our medical negligence specialists have dealt with many cases of CES where patients have suffered negligence, such as:
- Where a GP or A&E doctor was able to recognise the signs
- Where the patient showing symptoms were not sent for the correct tests
- Where the patient was not referred to a surgeon in time
What conditions can result from cauda equina syndrome if medical professionals are negligent?
Ideally, surgical intervention should be performed within 12 to 48 hours of the onset of symptoms to provide the maximum potential improvement of motor and sensory dysfunction.
However, if there are delays, it can result in long-term, or even permanent, conditions for the patient. Such conditions include:
- Neurological damage
- Severe pain
- Loss of feeling in the legs and feet
- Mobility problems
- Irreversible bladder, bowel or sexual dysfunction
How much time do I have to claim?
If you believe you have a claim, it’s important that you seek advice from a lawyer who specialises in medical negligence cases as soon as possible, as there are time limits in place in England, Scotland and Wales.
Generally, a claim should be made within three years from the date you or a loved one suffered as a result of medical negligence. However, there may be exceptions.
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