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Cauda Equina Syndrome Claims Solicitors

Cauda Equina Syndrome is an urgent and serious condition. It is quite a rare neurological condition that can have lasting damage if it is not treated urgently. Our Cauda Equina Syndrome compensation claims solicitors are specialists in dealing with such injuries.

What is Cauda Equina Syndrome?

Within your spine, in your lower back region and contained within the spinal canal, are the nerves for your pelvis and legs. These nerves branch out and resemble a horse's tail. The bundle of nerves also contains those which control bladder and bowel function. If for any reason the spinal canal is narrowed, these nerves will become compressed and this condition is known as Cauda Equina Syndrome.

What can cause Cauda Equina Syndrome?

There is no single reason for the development of Cauda Equina Syndrome. However, the most common cause is a slipped (prolapsed) disc.

Other causes can be trauma such as a car accident or fall, a tumour, a build up of fluid in the spinal canal (such as a haematoma or cerebrospinal fluid), spinal abnormality, surgical error and infection of the spine.

What are the symptoms of Cauda Equina Syndrome?

It is crucial that Cauda Equina Syndrome is diagnosed as early as possible. Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of the condition will likely result is serious long-term issues. Common symptoms include:

  • Pain in lower back
  • Tingling and / or numbness in back of legs
  • Tingling or numbness in buttocks and saddle area
  • A change in bowel and / or bladder control
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Chronic / severe radiating pain down the legs

Incorrect Diagnosis of Cauda Equina Syndrome

Cauda Equina Syndrome is often misdiagnosed as routine back pain, without paying heed to the accompanying symptoms. This mistake can have severe repercussions for the patient and can result in medical negligence, for which the patient is entitled to compensation.

Consequences of Cauda Equina Syndrome

The nerves within the cauda equina region are very delicate, in particular the nerves which control bladder and bowel function. Even a minor slipped disc can damage these nerves irreparably.

Surgical intervention is often required urgently in order to release the nerves and to prevent them from being permanently damaged. If spinal surgery is delayed, there can be devastating consequences for the patient including permanent paralysis from the waist down (paraplegia), permanent bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction and there may be cause to contact a specialist negligence lawyer.

We have experience of bringing claims for medical negligence against doctors and hospitals who have:

  • Failed to diagnose this condition in a timely manner and / or at all
  • Failed to treat the condition appropriately / rapidly enough
  • Provided treatment but to a sub-standard / negligent level

Cauda Equina is a medical emergency. Urgent treatment is imperative as any delay in diagnosis, assessment and treatment of the spinal cord compression could lead to permanent damage and in very severe cases, paralysis.

Medical opinion would suggest that if treatment is provided to release the nerves within 24-48 hours of the onset of symptoms, the likelihood of recovery is good. However, if treatment takes place later than 24-48 hours after the development of symptoms, the damage is likely to be irreversible, leaving the patient with long-term serious problems.

Contact our Specialist Negligence Solicitors

Our Cauda Equina Syndrome claims experts are highly experienced in getting you the compensation you are entitled to. If you feel you have been a victim of medical negligence in this area, or are suffering from cauda equina syndrome due to a personal injury accident, then we can help you find a solution.

For further advice on the above topics, please call us on 01483 543210 or alternatively email enquiries@barlowrobbins.com