In most medical negligence claims for cauda equina syndrome, the negligence is ultimately due to a delay in diagnosis. If cauda equina syndrome is not diagnosed immediately, it can lead to permanent injuries and in severe cases, paralysis.
The Cauda Equina Warning Signs
There are a number of warning signs associated with cauda equina syndrome, listed below:
- Weakness and pain in the legs (can be asymmetric)
- Numbness in the tail bone and in the genital, perianal, and rectal areas (saddle area)
- Bladder Incontinence
- Bowel Incontinence
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Localised lower back pain
- Muscle weakness in the lower body
If you presented any of the above symptoms to a heath care professional, and they failed to carry out further tests for cauda equina, you may be able to claim compensation. This will ultimately depend on whether you have suffered any long term health implications as a result of a delay in diagnosis.
Failure to diagnose, resulting in a delay in treatment can lead to permanent disability, which could have otherwise been prevented. Compensation awards can be substantial, especially for younger patients due to the foreseeable reduction in future earning capacity, and reduction in quality of life.
- Express Solicitors has a specialist Medical Negligence department with experience and expertise in handling claims such as this.
- Express Solicitors has settled many claims of this nature, often winning life-changing amounts for victims of clinical negligence.
- Rehabilitation is just as important to us as financial compensation, to help victims of medical negligence rebuild their lives.