Cauda Equina Syndrome Solicitors

The window of opportunity to diagnose and treat cauda equina syndrome is narrow, some medical experts claim no more than 36 hours. Failure may cause irreversible damage. Our experienced legal team provides practical legal advice and has successfully helped clients with damages for medical negligence following injury caused by negligent cauda equina syndrome.

Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) occurs when nerves in the lower spine become compressed. There are a number of possible causes including slipped discs, traumatic injuries, tumours and changes due to the ageing process.

Someone suffering from Cauda Equina Syndrome, may have some or all of the following symptoms often described as ‘Red Flag Symptoms’

  • Low back pain
  • Bladder dysfunction
  • Bowel dysfunction
  • Lack of sensation around the saddle area
  • Poor control of legs and or feet
  • Sexual dysfunction

If diagnosis is confirmed, usually by an MRI scan, surgery to relieve the nerve compression should be performed on a emergency basis.

If surgery is not carried out urgently, symptoms may become permanent. It is thought that the window of opportunity to repair damage is no more than 36 hours.

When a patient presents cauda equina syndrome red flag symptoms it should set alarm bells ringing, however our experience shows that many medical professionals fail to diagnose the condition until symptoms become irreversible.

Our medical negligence solicitors have acted for clients across England and Wales who have suffered serious permanent injury because the condition was diagnosed too late.

If you have suffered Cauda Equina Syndrome you may be an unwitting victim of medical negligence and could be permanently injured, as a result. Our solicitors can support you and help to get your life back on track.

The information below may be useful to aid and support those affected by cauda equina syndrome:

  • Spinal Injuries Association
  • Bladder and Bowel Foundation
  • Sexual Advice Association
  • Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Disability Rights
  • Patient
  • Leeds Neurosurgery
  • British Medical Journal

Contact the medical negligence team as soon as possible for compassionate and confidential legal advice, either by phone on 0113 284 5000 or email via clinneg@isonharrison.co.uk.

FAQs

Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) occurs when nerves in the lower spine become compressed. There are a number of possible causes including slipped discs, traumatic injuries, tumours and changes due to the ageing process.
Someone suffering from Cauda Equina Syndrome, may have some or all of the following symptoms often described as ‘Red Flag Symptoms’. - Low back pain - Bladder dysfunction - Bowel dysfunction - Lack of sensation around the saddle area - Poor control of legs and or feet - Sexual dysfunction
The syndrome occurs more in adults than in children, although it can occur in children who were born with a spinal birth defect, or have spinal injury.
The window of opportunity to diagnose and treat Cauda Equina Syndrome is narrow, some medical experts claim no more than 36 hours. Failure may cause irreversible damage. Our experienced legal team provides practical legal advice and has successfully helped clients with damages for medical negligence following injury caused by negligently missed Cauda Equina Syndrome.
If diagnosis is confirmed, usually by an MRI scan, surgery to relieve the nerve compression should be performed on an emergency basis. If surgery is not carried out urgently, symptoms may become permanent. It is thought that the window of opportunity to repair damage is no more than 36 hours. When a patient presents with Cauda Equina Syndrome red flag symptoms it should set alarm bells ringing. However our experience shows that many medical professionals fail to diagnose the condition until symptoms become irreversible. If you have suffered Cauda Equina Syndrome you may be an unwitting victim of medical negligence and could be permanently injured, as a result.
The symptoms can often be broad, and practitioners can be liable for missing common Cauda Equina symptoms and signs because of its rarity. If not recognised, Cauda Equina Syndrome causes lasting damage. Treatment is urgent, and needs to be immediate and fast, in order to prevent this.