Cauda Equina syndrome is a rare disorder affecting spinal nerves that can cause lower back pain, weakness of the legs and a range of other symptoms. There are a number of causes of Cauda Equina and a failure to diagnose and treat the condition quickly can result in long term health problems that potentially could have been avoided.
It is possible to claim compensation in circumstances where it can be proven that there has been a failure to diagnose or treat the condition and such failure has resulted in a poorer prognosis than had it been diagnosed and treated properly.
Some causes of Cauda Equina include injury to the lower back arising for example from a road traffic accident, a slipped disc as well as tumors, lesions, inflammation, spinal infection, etc.
Many people will suffer lower back pain but other symptoms which may be associated with Cauda Equina Syndrome include; pain and numbness in the legs, impaired bladder and bowel function, sexual dysfunction, saddle and sensory dysfunction, etc.
It is important that Cauda Equina syndrome is diagnosed quickly and appropriate medical treatment should be provided within 48 hours if possible, to maximise the prospects of recovery. Treatment will often be by way of surgical intervention, to relieve the pressure on the nerves. A delay in receiving adequate treatment can result in paralysis, loss of bladder and bowel control, loss of sexual function or other problems. Such delay can result in such symptoms being permanent, making the long term prognosis much worse than had the condition been diagnosed and treated adequately.
MRH Solicitors have an experienced medical negligence team that has acted for claimants in respect of Cauda Equina compensation claims arising from misdiagnosis and delayed investigations. In addition, even where a condition has been diagnosed and treated quickly if the treatment provided is inadequate or there have been complications which have been missed, this can adversely affect the prognosis.
If you or someone you know has been affected by Cauda Equina Syndrome they may be able to claim compensation to reflect the increased pain, suffering and loss of amenity that they would otherwise have experienced. Other heads of loss that can be claimed are treatment costs, loss of earnings, damages for being disadvantaged on the open labour market, additional care costs, aids, appliances and equipment, etc.
Please contact MRH Solicitors. We will be happy to advise you in relation to bringing a claim and where appropriate will arrange for a solicitor to visit you at your home address.
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