If you have never heard of Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES), you’re not alone. It is a fairly uncommon condition, but can have devastating consequences for the sufferer if it is not promptly diagnosed and treated. The Cauda Equina is a bundle of nerve roots which are close to the ‘conus’, or cone shaped end of the spinal cord. Compression of the Cauda Equina’s nerve roots causes CES. This usually occurs after an injury such as a prolapsed disc. Symptoms can include:
- Poor urinary flow
- Numbness in the buttocks and saddle area
- Being unable to empty your bladder properly
- Losing sensation that your bladder is full
Eventually, the patient will be completely constipated and/or unable to empty their bladder. At this stage, spinal surgery to alleviate the compression must be carried out within 48 hours to avoid irreversible damage to the nerves, which could leave the sufferer paralysed below the waist. Ideally, surgery should take place within 24 hours of symptoms developing. If you present symptoms of CES to your GP, they should immediately arrange an urgent MRI scan of your lower back. Once CES is confirmed, surgery should be carried out within a few hours.
Claiming compensation for CES
If failure to diagnose Cauda Equina Syndrome has left you suffering on-going symptoms or you have been paralysed as a result of your GP’s failure to act, you may be considering claiming compensation. The symptoms are fairly unique, but if your GP has failed to make a correct diagnosis, the consequences can be severe. If treatment is delayed, you may be left requiring care in future and your quality of life and ability to work will be affected. When making a claim for compensation, all of the above are taken into account and this will impact the settlement amount you receive.
How Accident Advice Helpline can help you
The aftermath of any illness can be a difficult and traumatic time; even more so if you have experienced failure to diagnose Cauda Equina Syndrome. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we take the worry out of making a claim for compensation. We’re endorsed by UK consumer champion Esther Rantzen, and pride ourselves on providing the very highest standards of customer service. Since 2000, we have been helping people just like you to claim compensation for medical negligence. Why not pick up the phone and call our freephone helpline today; it’s free to call and we offer confidential, no-obligation advice and a 100% no win, no fee* service, whatever your circumstances.
Date Published: July 18, 2014
Author: David Brown