Cauda Equina Syndrome Compensation Pay-out Guide

Cauda Equina Guide
BSC, LLB (Hons) & LPC Sophia Azam
Legally reviewed by: BSC, LLB (Hons) & LPC Sophia Azam In: Medical Negligence

Cauda Equina Syndrome Compensation Payout Guide

Back pain and injuries can have a huge impact on your life. In this cauda equina syndrome compensation payout guide, we will explain how to identify potential red flag symptoms, and the compensation settlements that you could be entitled to. Our legal experts will be here to help you throughout the process and ensure that you get what you need.

What is cauda equina syndrome?

Cauda equina is a very severe form of spinal injury where all of the nerves in the lower back are suddenly severely compressed. When suffering from a back injury, one that affect the spinal cord are particularly dangerous and painful. They can have a long term impact on your life if they are not diagnosed and treated quickly. The symptoms of cauda equina are:

  • Loss of control of the bladder – for example, not being able to start peeing, or you can’t control when you pee.
  • Loss of control of your bowels – for example, not being able to notice when you need to poo, or you can’t control when you poo
  • Numbness around your anus or genitals
  • Weakness or numbness in both of your legs that is severe or getting worse
  • Sciatica on both sides of your legs

When you believe that you may be suffering from cauda equina, it is an urgent issue that requires emergency hospital admission and emergency surgery. The longer that it is left untreated, the greater the chance that it will lead to permanent paralysis and incontinence.

How can our cauda equine solicitors help you?

Cauda equina compensation is vital to recovery and is something you are entitled to if medical professionals have missed the symptoms of your cauda equina or misdiagnosed you with another back injury. Our specialists will help you throughout your medical negligence claim and make sure that the process is as efficient as possible. When proving a medical negligence case, you must be able to prove ‘the four D’s’. These are:

  • Duty of Care

This is the standard of care that your healthcare professional has agreed that they must fulfil within their job.

  • Dereliction of your care

This is when a medical professional fails to meet the expected standards of healthcare.

  • Claiming for damages

The amount that you can receive for medical negligence will be defined in order to cover a number of different factors. The necessary costs could include:

  • Medical bills
  • Loss of earnings
  • Psychological suffering
  • Physical pain
  • The care and support that your family have had to provide
  • Direct causation

This is the link between the medical negligence that you have experienced and the damages that you will receive. A specialist medical solicitor will be best to help you to prove the connections between medical negligence and what you will receive in damages.

What are the compensation amounts you could receive?

Each and every medical negligence case is different, so the amount of compensation that you are entitled to also differs. However, several things will be considered, included:

  • Financial losses
  • Accommodation cost
  • Loss of income
  • General damages

Our specialist solicitors are registered in England and are authorised and regulated by the solicitor’s regulation authority. We will be able to assist you wherever you are based in the country.

Read more on our:

Cauda Equina syndrome compensation claims page

Clinical Negligence Solicitors page

Spinal injury compensation claims page

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