Cauda Equina Syndrome Claim Solicitors
A diagnosis of Cauda Equina Syndrome is hard news to take in on its own. Yet finding out that your condition is worse than it should be due to delays or misdiagnosis, is doubly devastating. Cauda Equina Syndrome requires rapid identification and treatment for patients to make the best possible recovery. Unfortunately, due to human error or faulty procedures, some patients don’t receive the high standard of care they deserve.
Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) may not be common in pregnancy, but it can be excruciatingly painful. The condition causes pressure and swelling on the nerves in the spine. CES can start as gradual lower backaches, or attack a victim quickly with severe and debilitating pain.
Cauda Equina needs surgical treatment to relieve pressure on the impacted nerves which should happen within 24-36 hours in extreme cases. If this is not addressed within a certain period of time, it’s excruciatingly painful. Moreover, nerves (especially nerve roots) can be damaged beyond repair leading to permanent problems with sensory and motor function.
The rarity of a condition is no excuse for negligent care. Contact The Medical Negligence Experts today if you believe your CES was mistreated, or you experienced delayed diagnosis that caused you pain and distress and led your treatment and recovery to be more invasive than it should have been. We can assess your claim and help you obtain the maximum compensation you deserve.
What is Cauda Equina Syndrome Negligence?
Do not underestimate the potential severity of Cauda Equina. Negligence in diagnosing and treating the condition can lead to both physical and neurological issues. These include the inability to walk, bowel and bladder incontinence, and permanent paralysis.
The compression of the nerve can be incredibly painful as well as debilitating. In turn, that makes it even more crucial to receive due care and attention as early as possible.
There are several possible causes of Cauda Equina. These include spinal tumours, negligent surgery, physical trauma, infection or inflammation, a herniated disc, and/or even congenital conditions. Cauda Equina clinical negligence can include delayed diagnosis and mistreatment. Its symptoms include
- pain in the lower back
- Numbness in legs
- Sensory loss in the pelvis and buttocks
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
They may not feature in every case, which can make it difficult to diagnose. However, that’s no reason not to expect a high standard of care.
Negligence That Fuels Cauda Equina Syndrome Claims
Indeed, lower back pain happens in almost every pregnancy. But with CES symptoms present, there should be further investigation to avoid Cauda Equina malpractice.
Cauda Equina Syndrome successful claims have been raised for:
- Not requesting further tests wherein there is a belief that Cauda Equina might exist but is not immediately apparent. (For the record, CES diagnosis requires an MRI scan).
- The misunderstanding of scan results.
- Delayed surgical treatment due to miscommunication or lack of referral.
- Not obtaining informed patient consent before beginning treatment.
- Inadequate foetal monitoring during assessment and surgery.
- Surgical or anaesthesia errors.
Cauda Equina (CES) is a medical condition that affects the mother rather than her baby. Surgery when pregnant is understandably something obstetricians want to avoid, but given how quickly the neurological complications can become permanent, medical staff need act promptly and cooperate with the neurosurgeon and their team for the long term health of the mother.
Thankfully, Cauda Equina is uncommon, and cases of it being caused by pregnancy are even more infrequent. Some doctors will never see or diagnose a case of it in their lives. Where Cauda Equina malpractice occurs is when doctors write symptoms off worth quick investigation as insignificant. Just because something is rare does not mean supposedly expert medical professionals can simply ignore it.
Cauda Equina Syndrome Claims Case Study
What follows is one case study of a successful compensation claim for Cauda Equina negligence. It involves a woman with a history of herniated discs who experienced significant back pain at 34 weeks gestation.
She informed her midwife during a regular check-up and was advised to visit a chiropractor. During spinal manipulation, the woman heard a loud crack and immediately felt an increase in pain. The pain worsened throghout the day.
Believing her symptoms were due to pregnancy, she called the antenatal service. The service advised her on the phone to go directly to the hospital.
Given her advanced state of pregnancy, the woman was sent straight from A&E to the obstetrics department. Despite the patient’s history of back pain, she wasn’t referred by the doctor for an MRI. The consulting doctor felt it might harm the baby.
The Pain Won’t Subside
The patient was sent home where her pain increased. She also began showing other symptoms including numb buttocks and bladder incontinence every time she stood up. When she phoned again, she was told these were all normal pregnancy symptoms and given a prescription for painkillers. She was also told that it was not necessary for her to go back to the hospital.
The next morning, the patient phoned the midwife service for advice. Her symptoms by this point now included leg pain and spasms. They called her back several hours later, advising her to come back to the hospital.
This was around 48 hours after she had first reported feeling CES symptoms. Tests, including an MRI scan, were done, but because she had been allowed to eat surgery was delayed another 12 hours. By this point, her bladder had stretched beyond repair.
The patient was over 34 weeks gestation, so it was agreed she would have an emergency caesarian before spinal surgery. This intended to prevent her baby from being exposed to the anaesthetic. Happily, both surgeries went well, and her baby was born healthy.
Unfortunately, delays in diagnosing and treating her CES has led to permanent incontinence and regular bladder infections. These life-altering conditions were recognised when calculating her compensation settlement in her successful Cauda Equina negligence clam.
Claiming Compensation for Cauda Equina Syndrome Claims
The amount of compensation you will receive for your for Cauda Equina Syndrome negligence claim will depend on your prognosis. If the delays cause permanent damage that limits how you live your life day-to-day then, you deserve payment. You should also receive money to compensate you for any lost earnings both while you are recovering. Not to mention the loss of future earnings if you are unable to continue working due to your injury.
Other aspects which may be considered when calculating damages include these red flags.
- Additional home help or childcare if you are unable to carry out routine tasks.
- The decay of your libido and sexual dysfunction, affecting sex life due to your physical injury.
- The cost of transport to and from any medical appointments or hospital treatments.
- Ongoing pain and suffering caused by medical negligence.
It’s not possible to accurately predict how much compensation you will get for your medical negligence claim. But Cauda Equina negligence claims are often tens of thousands of pounds. As the condition requires prompt treatment, delays and negligence can cause permanent and life-changing damage.
Because your case is unique, your personal injury solicitor will advise you regarding compensation.
How Can We Help?
Making a claim for Cauda Equina negligence – or any clinical negligence involving spinal cord/spinal injury – takes time. But The Medical Negligence Experts have people and procedures in place to make it this a smooth, stress-free process.
It all starts when you take the first step and contact our medical negligence solicitors. You will speak with one of our team of lawyers experienced in obtaining compensation in situations like yours. They will find out about what has happened to you and how your life has been affected. In turn, they’ll professionally assess the strength of your claim and the likelihood of you being successful if you decide to proceed.
The next stage is to gather the evidence necessary to support your claim for Cauda Equina negligence. The evidence can include findings from an independent medical assessor. We will compile this information and present it with your request for compensation to your health provider. Some negotiation may take place, but a high number of compensation claims end with an out-of-court settlement.
If your care provider refuses to accept responsibility, or you can’t reach an agreement on an appropriate amount, we will seek assistance from the courts to make sure you receive adequate compensation and an end to your ordeal.
No Win No Fee* Cauda Equina Syndrome Claims
With The Medical Negligence Experts, everyone can afford top-quality legal support with our No Win No Fee* agreement. We also provide free, no-obligation legal consultation where you can ask any questions you might have.
No Win No Fee* agreements reduce any financial risk associated with starting a compensation claim. Even though we will only recommend you start an application if we believe it will be successful, the outcome will depend on the quality of proof showing the extent of your injury and the negligent care that led to it.
Our No Win No Fee* agreement with you as a client means exactly what it says. If you don’t receive compensation for your claim, you don’t have to pay us any legal fees.
We can also help with After Event (ATE) insurance on your behalf. ATE covers the other party’s legal costs if your claim is unsuccessful. If you are interested, then get in touch so we can explain how the process will work for you.
We understand the importance of keeping clients updated about the progress of their claim. Therefore, we’ll give you the email and phone number of your personal injury lawyer. You can contact them directly, giving you a direct line to an expert.
We do as much as possible to personalise the service we offer so that it fits your needs. Every compensation claim is unique as no one person or their family is affected by negligence in the same way.
Compensation Claim Time Limits
The deadline for making a medical negligence claim is three years from the date of an injury. However, if the person is under 18 years at the time, until the day before their 21st birthday. You don’t need to complete the claim in this period. However, it is important that you initiate it before then so contact The Medical Negligence Experts today.
The Medical Negligence Experts can also assist if you have suffered another sort of medical negligence during pregnancy. Types of pregnancy and birth claims we handle include:
- Avoidable injuries caused to a mother or baby during delivery such as incorrect use of forceps or a ventouse.
- Delay in intervening when a mother or baby is struggling.
- Examples of this include inadequate foetal monitoring to determine if a baby is in distress. Also, brain damage or death when an emergency Caesarian is not performed in time.
- Failing to give an episiotomy that would avoid muscular tears, or negligent episiotomy stitching and repair.
The Medical Negligence Experts have the knowledge and experience necessary to achieve the most positive outcome for you and your family.
We appreciate that some applications are straightforward and easy to resolve. Meanwhile, others, especially when a long term prognosis is not yet clear, can take far longer to resolve. Trust that your lawyer will be with you every step of the way.
Call today or fill in our online contact form and we will call at a time that suits you.
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Need Some Help with Cauda Equina Syndrome Claims?
Am I eligible?
If you have suffered from medical negligence in the past 3 years, the short answer is yes.
However, medical negligence can be complicated, so we recommend that you speak with one of our expert solicitors - It’s Free.
How much could I claim?
As every medical case is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: Level of negligence, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.
Our experienced team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim.
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party of your claim against them. With your dedicated solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be kept up to date every step of the way.
Why should you choose us?
No Win No Fee
We offer a No Win No Fee* service on all our claims - We assess each claim on its merits with the information provided, which aids us to determine its likely success rate. This takes the risk away from you.
Our experienced solicitors are experts in securing compensation no matter the level of negligence.
We are committed to securing the best possible outcome for you, while providing friendly support every step of the way.
Personal Dedicated Lawyers
On contact, you will be allocated your own expert Medical Negligence solicitor who will be there every step of the way. You will be provided with a direct phone number and direct email address of your solicitor.
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