Cauda Equina Syndrome Compensation Claims

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Cauda Equina Syndrome
BSC, LLB (Hons) & LPC Sophia Azam
Legally reviewed by: BSC, LLB (Hons) & LPC Sophia Azam

Cauda equina claims must be dealt with quickly, as the serious nerve condition can cause long term problems for the sufferer. If you are suffering from cauda equina syndrome and believe that you received a delayed diagnosis or there was a problem with your medical care, then we can help you to get the support that you need.

What is cauda equina syndrome?

Cauda equina syndrome is a rare and particularly severe type of spinal injury where all of the nerves that are located in the lower back suddenly become severely compressed. The bundle of nerves at the end of the spinal cord is known as the cauda equina, due to its resemblance to a horse’s tail. Cauda equine syndrome requires emergency hospital admission and often emergency surgery because the longer that it goes untreated, the greater the chance it will lead to permanent paralysis and bladder and bowel incontinence.

What are the red flag symptoms of cauda equina?

Sometimes it can be difficult to determine whether you are suffering from this serious spinal cord problem. However, the important symptoms to look out for include:

  • Weakness or numbness in both legs that is severe or getting worse.
  • Numbness around or under your genitals or around your anus.
  • Finding it hard to start peeing, can’t pee or can’t control when you pee – and this is not normal for you.
  • You don’t notice when you poo or can’t control when you poo – and this isn’t normal for you.
  • Sciatica on both sides of your body – this could also produce severe back pain and leg pains.

What can I do when I’ve received a diagnosis of cauda equina?

When you have received a diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome, it is likely that you will require immediate surgery to treat the condition. If you have received a delayed or incorrect diagnosis beforehand, then you may be able to make a clinical negligence claim. Our cauda equina syndrome solicitors will be able to help you with your case. Clinical or medical negligence is defined by ‘4 Ds’. These are:

  • Duty

If the duty of care that a medical professional agrees to carry out in treating their patients is not upheld.

  • Dereliction

If the expected standard of healthcare between a medical professional and a patient is not carried out. This could include a number of different things, such as; a medication error, a surgical error, a birth injury, post-operative negligence, and a misdiagnosis or missed/delayed diagnosis.

  • Damages

Damages refers to the quantifiable amount that you may have lost due to medical negligence. Evidence of damages usually include: medical records, test results, prescription records, testimonies. A skilled solicitor will be able to help you to gather the correct evidence to prove damages.

  • Direct Causation

This refers to the link between the medical dereliction and the damages that you could receive. This final link must be established in order for you to receive the damages that you need.

Cauda Equina Syndrome compensation claims can be straightforward when the right medical evidence has been collected. Cauda equina solicitors are specialists in the condition and will be able to help you with the process of building your case.

If you have suffered from cauda equina syndrome and believe that you were misdiagnosed or suffered from a delayed diagnosis, then get in touch with our specialist solicitors today for expert help and advice. Read our Cauda Enquina Syndrome Compensation Guide for more information.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the caudal equine syndrome symptoms?

The symptoms of cauda equina syndrome can include:
- Pain in the back and/or legs (sometimes referred to as sciatica)
- Being unable to pee/poo, or having limited control over it
- Numbness in the lower regions, including the anus and genitals
- Sexual dysfunction
- Weakness or paralysis of usually more than one nerve root. The weakness can affect lower extremities.

How long do I have to have Cauda equina symptoms before I can claim compensation?

Situations vary, but generally you can claim compensation for cauda equina syndrome if you were misdiagnosed, or if it was the result of a medical mistake.

Is a cauda equina claim on a No Win No Fee basis?

Yes, we offer cauda equina claims on a No Win No Fee basis.