How much could you claim?

Find out in 30 seconds...
Injured in the last 3 years?
Was the accident your fault?
Did you recieve medical attention?
Please tell us where you were injured
  • Please enter your full name
  • Please enter a valid name
  • Please enter your telephone number
  • Please enter a valid telephone number
  • Please read our Terms & Conditions

    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Failure to diagnose Cauda Equina Syndrome


    Failure to diagnose Cauda Equina Syndrome

    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

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

    Disclaimer: This website contains content contributed by third parties, therefore any opinions, comments or other information expressed on this site that do not relate to the business of AAHDL or its associated companies should be understood as neither being held or endorsed by this business.

    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.