Woman wins cauda equina claim against North Devon District Hospital

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A young woman has won her cauda equina claim against North Devon District Hospital

Our client, a young woman from Tiverton, Devon, attended the A & E department of the North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple complaining of unbearable back pains, but was sent away with only a prescription for painkilling medication. Despite going back to the NDDH on several other occasions, senior clinicians failed to take her symptoms seriously; even when concerns were raised by a more junior doctor at the hospital who suspected that she needed urgent treatment.

It was not until her own GP insisted that the hospital treat her that she was eventually referred for an MRI scan. The hospital arranged for an ‘urgent‘ scan some two weeks later. They then took a further five days to send the results to her GP, but by then she had already suffered compression of a nerve root in her back and what is termed medically as complete Cauda Equina Syndrome. You can read more about the condition here.

Very sadly our client has been left with permanent neurological damage, causing severe back ache, constant shooting pains in her leg and foot, and significant bowel and bladder problems. It is unlikely that she will be able to manage anything other than sedentary work in the future and she is now permanently disabled.

If the North Devon District Hospital had taken her initial symptoms more seriously, the outcome would probably have been very different. The pressure on her disc could have been relieved by immediate surgery and she is unlikely to have suffered permanent damage to her nerve root. The prospect of further surgical intervention to improve her symptoms and quality of life is very limited and she has already undergone spinal cord stimulation with little sign of improvement.

If you need expert legal advice on making a cauda equina claim then contact our experienced team of medical negligence lawyers. We can deal with your cauda equina claim on a No Win, No Fee basis and are always happy to answer any preliminary questions. Call us on our freephone number 0333 888 0404 or email [email protected]

Lee Dawkins

Lee Dawkins

Over the past 30 years Lee has overseen the expansion of the firm’s litigation department. He developed our personal injury and clinical negligence teams, creating various niche areas that now enjoy a national profile. He pioneered contentious probate, setting up one of the UK's leading inheritance dispute teams and established Slee Blackwell as a force within claimant professional negligence. He now works as the firm's marketing partner.
Lee Dawkins

Lee Dawkins

Over the past 30 years Lee has overseen the expansion of the firm’s litigation department. He developed our personal injury and clinical negligence teams, creating various niche areas that now enjoy a national profile. He pioneered contentious probate, setting up one of the UK's leading inheritance dispute teams and established Slee Blackwell as a force within claimant professional negligence. He now works as the firm's marketing partner.

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