£2.6 million secured for spinal injury victim to fund life-long care
2 December 2013
Eddie Jones, one of HospitalNegligence.co.uk’s medical law specialists, has secured £2.6 million in compensation for a woman whose life was devastated by spinal injury blunders.
The fifty-year-old woman has paralysis in her feet, severe pain, bowel and bladder dysfunction and significant mobility issues after surgery to treat her cauda equina syndrome was appallingly delayed.
The settlement secured for by Mr Jones will help the victim to cope with her life-long disabilities and is thought to be the highest ever awarded by an English hospital trust on a cauda equina syndrome claim.
Mr Jones, a solicitor who specialises in cauda equina syndrome claims, commented: “The red flag signs of cauda equina syndrome represent a surgical emergency however this patient was left for months before the operation was carried out. The result was that her condition became permanent as the window of opportunity to treat her distressing condition was missed.
“That is completely unacceptable and she will have to live with the impact of the errors that were made for the rest of her life. No amount of money can compensate her for that but it can give her financial security and ensure she can access the specialist care that she requires.”
The red flag signs of cauda equina syndrome include bowel and bladder dysfunction, loss of sexual sensation and loss of feeling in the saddle area. It is caused by pressure on the cauda equina nerves at the base of the spine, which can occur following a back injury such as a slipped disc.