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£15,000 Compensation for Misdiagnosis of Cauda Equine Syndrome

19 August 2010

Our client complained of back pain in 2006 and he went off sick for a period of time and underwent a course of physiotherapy. He had an x-ray of his back in May 2006 which he was advised did not show any particular problem. Our client returned to full duties at work in late August 2006 but he still had pain in his back and left leg. Over an extended period of time, our client’s symptoms worsened drastically. However, the doctor apparently advised our client that his condition would improve with rest. Our client’s wife in the meantime had managed to secure a referral to have an x-ray at hospital in November 2006. Following the x-ray, our client received a telephone call from the Lister advising him to return to hospital the next day to have an MRI scan. Our client was told that a spinal disc was compressing nerves which could cause permanent injuries. Our client underwent an operation to resolves his ailments, and following the operation, he was left with some residual nerve symptoms. It was after the operation that Russell Jones & Walker were instructed to consider the level of care which our client received. A GP expert advised that the GP consultations in November had been medically negligent and a diagnosis of developing Cauda Eqina Syndrome should have been diagnosed. An expert neurosurgeon was instructed to consider causation issues. He advised that an earlier operation would have led to a slightly better outcome for our client. After a period of negotiation with our expert GP medical negligence solicitors, the GP’s insurers agreed to our client's offer to settle the claim for £15,000.