Cauda Equina Syndrome
Cauda Equina Syndrome
If medical negligence led to you suffering from cauda equina syndrome or resulted in a late diagnosis or misdiagnosis, then you may be able to claim compensation that can help you pay for treatment or support yourself financially if you cannot work. Hospital Negligence specialises in cauda equina claims and we can provide the expertise and guidance you need to ensure you receive the compensation you are owed.
Speak to a member of our team about your situation today by simply calling us on 0800 014 7481 or by completing our online enquiry form, which will enable us to give you a call back at a more suitable time.
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About Cauda Equina Syndrome
Cauda equina syndrome (CES) is the result of damage to the cauda equina nerves, which are located at the base of the spinal column and radiate out to the legs and lower areas of the abdomen, controlling movement and feeling.
If this bundle of nerves is damaged, the impact can include: bladder and/or bowel dysfunction, loss of sensation, altered sensation and pain in the lower body, loss of motor function in the lower limbs, and sexual dysfunction.
CES occurs mainly in adults. However, all ages are susceptible to developing this debilitating condition. The most common causes include:
- Herniation of a disc leading to compression of the cauda equina nerves
- Errors during spinal manipulation
- Spinal tumours
- Spinal infections
- Trauma to the spine
- Postoperative haematoma (a localised collection of blood)
Symptoms of cauda equina include:
- Pain in the lower back
- Altered urinary function, including loss of sensation, difficulty urinating or incontinence
- Altered bowel function, including loss of sensation and incontinence
- Pain in the buttocks and the back of the thighs
In order to prevent permanent nerve damage and to relieve pressure on the nerves, surgery must be carried out as quickly as possible, ideally within 24 hours of the onset of the syndrome. If CES is the result of bone cancer, radiotherapy is often used, while antibiotic medicines may be used for infection.
Making a Claim
Claims for CES usually arise as a result of a delay in diagnosis. Late treatment may result in a worsening of the condition, often rendering it untreatable and leaving the sufferer with considerable discomfort and disability. In the most serious cases, this can include permanent incontinence, pain and mobility issues.
If you, a family member or friend suffer from CES as a result of negligence on the part of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional, our solicitors can provide legal advice and guidance, giving you all the information you need to make a decision about whether to pursue a claim.
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As in all medical negligence cases, time is of the essence. Legal action must be started within three years of the date you first knew, or could reasonably have been expected to know, that something had gone wrong with your medical treatment.
For more information about claiming compensation for cauda equina syndrome following an incidence of medical negligence, call our experienced team free on 0800 014 7481, or complete our contact form and we will be in touch.