Claiming compensation for a mistake in diagnosing cauda equina syndrome

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Clinical negligence lawyer Oliver Thorne, looks at claiming compensation for a mistake in diagnosing cauda equina syndrome.

Cauda equina syndrome occurs when the nerves situated at the base of the spinal cord are compressed. This can be caused by a slipped disc or a disc prolapse.

It can be a devastating condition if it is not swiftly diagnosed and treated, resulting in paralysis, incontinence and the loss of sexual function.

Because the spinal nerves cannot be repaired, cauda equina should be treated as a surgical emergency. Timely action to relieve the pressure can prevent long term disability. However, if there is a mistake in diagnosing cauda equina syndrome the patient can suffer permanent, life-changing injuries.

The signs of onset of cauda equina include:

  • lower back pain;
  • shooting pain and weakness in the legs;
  • urinary issues; and
  • impaired sensation when going to the toilet.

Cauda equina compensation claims usually arise when medical professionals fail to make a prompt and correct diagnosis. Symptoms are often mistaken for simple back pain by GPs and A&E staff.

When medical practitioners are at fault consideration can be given to claiming compensation for a mistake in diagnosing cauda equina syndrome.

Our Legal 500 recommended team are experts in pursuing clinical negligence claims. We will ensure that compensation is recovered not only for your physical and psychological injuries, but also the cost of future medical care, adaptations to your living accommodation and all your past and future lost earnings.

We operate a free legal helpline which you can call for a case assessment. We are able to deal with cauda equina compensation claims on a no win, no fee basis so you should not allow worries about legal fees to put you off seeking justice.

Call Oliver on 0808 139 1606 or send an email to him at [email protected]