Spinal Injury Claims CAUDA EQUINA SYNDROMEAugust 24, 2017
Cauda equina syndrome is a rare but very serious condition that affects a person’s spinal cord. The syndrome occurs when the group of nerves that sit at the base of the spinal cord are subjected to damage, pressure and/or swelling.
What is it and why does it happen?
There are various things that can cause Cauda Equina Syndrome including a herniation of a spinal disk, narrowing of the spinal canal, a spinal lesion or tumour, a spinal fracture, infection or inflammation. The most common cause is a herniated disc in the lumbar spine.
The symptoms and getting diagnosed
Symptoms of Cauda Equina Syndrome vary in different patients and can develop both suddenly and over time. Symptoms include server lower back pain, loss of bladder and/or bowel control, muscle weakness, pain and/or numbness in one or both legs.
It can be hard to diagnose Cauda Equina Syndrome as the onset of symptoms can vary and often mimic other conditions. Urgent treatment is required in cases of Cauda Equina Syndrome and in severe cases if treatment is not provided it can result in paralysis, walking difficulties, permanent impairment of bowel and/or bladder function and other neurological and/or physical problems.
Once diagnosed Cauda Equina Syndrome typically requires treatment in the form of decompression surgery which is used to reduce or remove the pressure that is being put on the nerves. As with most things, early intervention is usually better and will likely lead to a better long term prognosis for the patient.
If you have suffered from Cauda Equina Syndrome and believe that there was a delay in diagnosing or treating your condition such that you have been left with permanent nerve damage then we can advise you on whether you have a claim.
Where there has been a delay in diagnosis this can often affect the future prognosis of the patient and even if surgery is carried out it may not lead to a full recovery from all symptoms.
If your condition was diagnosed and treated promptly, but you believe that the surgery was performed negligently, or you suffered post-operative complications which were not treated appropriately, you may still be able to claim and we can advise you on this.
Here at Metcalfes we have an experienced team of Medical Negligence Lawyers who can offer you specialist advice. We deal with all areas of medical negligence including complications arising from a delay in diagnosing or treating Cauda Equina.
We are members of the leading spinal cord injuries charity, the Spinal Injuries Association, (www.spinal.co.uk) whose valuable work supports thousands of people with spinal injuries year after year. Our experience and specialism allows us to ensure that you get the right help when you need it, to help you from the very start along your road to recovery.
If you or someone you know has been affected by spinal injury or any of the issues mentioned in this article, our specialist team may be able to help.
Please contact us on 0117 239 8012. Alternatively, you can email us by using our online contact form and we will be happy to discuss your potential claim with you.
Links: spinal injury association https://www.spinal.co.uk/
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