Cauda Equina claims
Cauda Equina Syndrome is a serious nerve condition that needs urgent medical attention. If it is not managed properly, it can lead to lifechanging injuries and disabilities.
At Fletchers Solicitors, our team of specialist medical negligence solicitors understand the suffering that can be caused by delayed treatment of Cauda Equina Syndrome.
Our dedicated advisors will work closely with you to take the stress out of the claims process. We have over 400 years’ combined experience dealing with medical negligence and specific expertise in dealing with cases arising out of the mismanagement of Cauda Equina Syndrome, so you can rest assured we’ll bring the best legal minds to your case.
What is a Cauda Equina compensation claim?
The Cauda Equina, meaning “the horses tail”, is a bundle of nerves at the base of the spine which are damaged when compressed. Compression can occur due to a number of reasons, most commonly by a ruptured disc in the spine but infection, tumours or stenosis can lead to problems as well.
A diagnosis of Cauda Equina Syndrome is a surgical emergency that must not be ignored. It is a complex medical condition that requires specialist treatment. If Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) is not managed urgently and properly it can lead to life-changing injuries and disabilities.
If you or a loved one has suffered from consequences of Cauda Equina Syndrome, which could have been prevented with better medical attention, you may be entitled to compensation. We understand that no amount of money can reverse the pain that you have experienced, but it is important to fight for justice to secure a more financially stable future for you and your family.
Different types of Cauda Equina Syndrome negligence claims
Symptoms of Cauda Equina Syndrome are all too often misdiagnosed. Sometimes symptoms can be put down to a pre-existing problem, for example the result of childbirth or incontinence, or mistaken for a much less severe illness such as general back pain.
Symptoms that should signal the possibility of Cauda Equina Syndrome to medical professionals can include:
- Severe back pain
- Numbness or pain in the legs or buttocks
- Weakness in the legs
- Saddle paraesthesia (a numb sensation between the legs, in the genitals or buttocks)
- Difficulty toileting
- Incontinence of the bladder or the bowel
- Sexual dysfunction
Time is of the essence when it comes to managing Cauda Equina Syndrome, as early diagnosis makes for a better outcome. Therefore a failure to recognise the so-called “red flag” symptoms and to act accordingly and can cause terrible damage.
As the condition is so serious, sometimes patients may be left with life-limiting disabilities such as pain or bladder problems – even with good medical treatment. If you have received treatment for Cauda Equina Syndrome that was delayed or negligent, then you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Fletchers Solicitors is experienced in securing justice for patients with medical negligence cases involving Cauda Equina Syndrome. Whilst compensation can’t reverse the damage that has been done, it can give you financial aid to make adjustments necessary for your health, so that you can move on with your life.
Is there a time limit on making a medical negligence claim for a delay in diagnosis of Cauda Equina Syndrome?
It is important to remember that a claim for negligence must be made within three years of the date that you became aware of this affecting you. This is known as the “date of knowledge”.
However, if the claim relates to a child under the age of 18, this time limit for bringing a claim will not begin to run until their 18th birthday.
If the person the mistake happened to does not have the mental capacity to recognise the mistake, there can be no time limit.