The cauda equina is Latin for ‘horse’s tail’ which describes the collection of nerves at the bottom of the spinal cord. These nerves are particularly vulnerable to injury because they travel beyond the end of the spinal column and therefore lack any protection from it. One of the most serious spinal injuries, cauda equina syndrome, develops if these nerves ever become damaged through compression.
Cauda equina syndrome is a serious condition that has to be treated quickly and correctly. If your doctor has failed to diagnose or treat your condition correctly then you may be able to claim compensation.
An injury to the Cauda Equina can have disastrous consequences for the sufferer. In the worse cases it is not unusual for those with cauda equina syndrome to lose the use of their bowel and bladder, the feeling to their genitals and buttocks, and indeed the use of their lower limbs.
Causes of Cauda Equina can include spinal tumors, negligent surgery, physical trauma, a prolapsed disc, infection or inflammation, a herniated disc, or even congenital conditions. Cauda Equina clinical negligence can include delayed diagnosis and mistreatment. The good news is that the effects of cauda equina syndrome can be limited and even reversed provided appropriate and timely treatment is given.
However, the window of opportunity is small. All too often patients are not treated promptly and go on to suffer life-long and debilitating injuries as a consequence.
In successful claims of medical negligence resulting in cauda equina syndrome the damages recoverable can be hugely significant, given the catastrophic nature of the injuries sustained. It is easy to see therefore why such injuries are a common source of litigation.
Such cases are not without their difficulties. It can be difficult to spot symptoms of cauda equina syndrome before it’s too late and often there is very little time for doctors to treat those symptoms before they are irreversible. The role of a qualified medical expert will often be the crucial factor in the outcome of the claim. That is why All Accidents is often contacted by claimants and lawyers to support the claim. We are currently working on three different cases of Cauda Equina Syndrome, all related to surgeries performed.
Patients who go on to develop cauda equina syndrome have almost always had some form of prior problem with that area of the spine. This poses another obstacle to bringing a successful claim. In assessing the extent to which damages are recoverable, it is important for the medical expert to exclude the pre-existing problems, treatment needed for those and any long-term consequences arising and to focus solely on the problems that have arisen from the cauda equina syndrome. This might not be an easy task, particularly if the pre-existing problems were severe.
The potential long-term effects of cauda equina syndrome include paralysis and incontinence, so doctors need to be able to recognize the warning signs associated with cauda equina syndrome. These symptoms include:
• Severe back pain
• Sexual dysfunction
• Pain in one or both legs
If the symptoms are ignored or misdiagnosed the neurological effects can be devastating – decompression surgery to relieve the pressure on the spine needs to happen as soon as possible.
Despite the difficulties in bringing successful claims arising from cauda equina syndrome they can be won.
Cauda Equina compensation cases have been raised for:
Not requesting further tests where Cauda Equina was suspected but not immediately apparent. CES is diagnosed with an MRI scan
Misinterpretation of scan results
Delayed surgical treatment due to miscommunication or lack of referral
Not obtaining informed patient consent before beginning treatment
Inadequate fetal monitoring during assessment and surgery
Surgical or anesthesia errors
Please see attached one case as ruled by Greek Supreme Court, related to Cauda Equina Syndrome
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