Cauda Equina Syndrome


Cauda Equina syndrome is caused by the compression of a group of nerves at the lower part of the spinal cord.

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Cauda Equina Syndrome

Symptoms include lower back pain, sciatica with pain in one or both legs, loss or different function of the bladder and bowel and a loss of feeling in the buttocks.

What causes Cauda Equina?

  • A prolapsed disc
  • A spinal injury such as a fracture
  • A slipped vertebra
  • An abscess in the spine
  • A tumour of the spine
  • Blood in the spinal canal in patients that take medication to thin the blood, this can compress the nerves

You may have suffered from medical negligence if a medical professional didn’t do the following things:

  • Failure to recognise the the main symptoms such as bowel, bladder and sexual dysfunction
  • Failure to refer you for an MRI scan
  • Failure to spot Cauda Equine syndrome (CES) on an MRI scan
  • Failure to refer you for decompression surgery
  • Surgery that failed to relieve the pressure on the nerves
  • Surgery that prompted the onset of CES or worsened symptoms
  • Failure to recognise post-operative complications

What happens when there is a delay in diagnosis?

Often medical professionals miss the “red flag” symptoms of Cauda Equina syndrome that are the difference between the chance to prevent CES and suffering life changing effects.

The longer Cauda Equina is left untreated the more damage that can be caused. The risk of permanent incontinence is high if diagnosis is made late and surgery is not carried out. The impact on your life can be devastating.

How can we help?

Here at Negligence Claimline our friendly team are here to help you get the support you need. Working with a panel of specialist medical negligence solicitors, we can assist you with your potential claim.

Sometimes an apology is enough, but in other cases compensation will be the only solution to help you get your life back on track.

Our service, putting you in contact with one of our expert panel members, is free and you are not obliged to take the advice the solicitor gives you, or to progress your claim any further if you do not wish.

Can I sue the NHS?

The NHS was created so that good healthcare should be available to all, and it is one of the country’s proudest achievements. However, if something goes wrong during your treatment you deserve answers and, where necessary, financial compensation.

We do not treat your claim lightly. However, the treatment you consider negligent must be considered unreasonable, irresponsible, and harmful.

When someone suffers an injury that impacts their live, or that of a loved one, then it is vital that the NHS has the procedures in place to both compensate the patient and learn from their mistakes.

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