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Cauda Equina Compensation Claims

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.

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What are cauda equina claims?

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What are the common causes of cauda equina syndrome?

  • Lumbar disc herniation: The most common cause of the syndrome is a protruding disc in your spine, compressing the nerves in the cauda equina. 
  • Spinal stenosis: Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spaces between your vertebrae narrow, putting pressure on the nerves in the spinal cord. It is more likely in older adults, but it can appear at any age if you are congenitally disposed to it. 
  • Trauma: Being involved in a car crash, a serious fall or a severe sports injury can directly damage the nerves in the cauda equina or cause fractures that then result in compression of the nerves. 
  • Tumours and Infections: Though thankfully rare, tumours on your spine grow in size and eventually press on the spinal cauda. If you have an infection in or around your spinal canal, the swelling can lead to compression of the spinal nerves. 
  • Surgical complications: If you have surgery performed on your spine, this can sometimes harm the cauda equina. Compression of the nerves can be either direct damage from the surgery itself or from conditions like hematoma (a blood clot that can develop around the spinal column after surgery). 

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What are the symptoms of cauda equina syndrome? 

  • Changes in feeling and sensation: Your legs, genitals and buttocks may feel numb or tingling, which can make sitting or lying down unpleasant. 
  • Bladder and bowel dysfunction: You’ll have trouble knowing when you need to urinate or defecate. Sometimes, you’ll be incontinent, while other times, you’ll experience retention (difficulty in passing urine or faeces) 
  • Movement: Your motor function might be affected as you experience weakness or paralysis in one or both legs. Your legs may feel heavy, making standing, walking, or getting up from a chair difficult. 
  • Sexual dysfunction: In addition to being able to achieve or maintain an erection, you may notice a drop in sexual sensation. 
  • Pain: Severe, sharp pain in the lower back can spread down one or both legs, a sign of nerve irritation. You may worsen the pain every time you move, including coughing and sneezing. 

How is cauda equina treated?

Can I claim for cauda equina syndrome?

How much will I receive in cauda equina syndrome compensation?

  • Severe spinal damage: Where cauda equina syndrome causes a person to experience paralysis, incontinence, or other significant disabilities, compensation can range from £79,000 to £141,000. 
  • Back injuries: More complex back injuries as a direct effect of cauda equina syndrome can attract compensation between £65,000 and £77,000. 
  • Impaired agility and sexual function: If your agility or sexual function has been affected, expect compensation of between £34,000 and £62,000 to reflect the condition’s profound impact on your personal and intimate life. 
  • Chronic pain: If your condition leads to chronic pain, compensation amounts can vary from £25,000 to £34,000. 
  • Ligament damage: Ligament damage typically ranges between £10,000 and £25,000 depending on how much impact the condition has on your mobility and daily activities. 

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Cauda Equina Claims – Frequently Asked Questions

Is cauda equina syndrome a permanent disability?

If cauda equina syndrome is not treated with surgery in the 48 hours after symptoms begin to appear, this may lead to permanent disabilities. This could include sexual dysfunction, mobility problems, and bowel and bladder dysfunction.

Can people with cauda equina syndrome walk?

Can I sue for cauda equina?

  • Led to your developing the syndrome 
  • Made the syndrome worse 

How much time do I have to naje a cauda equina claim?

How much does it cost to make a cauda equina syndrome claim?

Can I claim PIP for cauda equina syndrome?

  • Personal Independence Payments (PIP) 
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) 
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