Cauda Equina Syndrome consequences can be devastating if not diagnosed and treated quickly. Ince in Bristol can help you to make a claim for compensation.
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Our medical negligence team in Bristol is experienced in handling claims for sufferers of Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) whose symptoms would have been much less serious or avoided altogether but for the failure of the client’s doctors to diagnose and treat this condition as quickly as it ought to have been.
What should happen?
If a GP, for example, were presented with a patient displaying symptoms of Cauda Equina Syndrome, he or she ought to pick up the telephone and speak with a member of the local hospital’s orthopaedic team and thereafter arrange a MRI scan of their patient’s lower back as a matter of urgency. Once the scan has confirmed the compression of the cauda equina, surgery should follow within a few hours.
If you or someone you know is suffering from the effects of Cauda Equina Syndrome as a result of delayed diagnosis and/or treatment then contact our Bristol office today for a free, no obligation consultation.
We will give you support to make a claim for compensation and help you to move forward with your life.
For more information or to speak to one of our friendly Bristol team for your free initial consultation, please call 0117 239 8012 or complete our enquiry form below.
How we have helped our clients
Tom* was a 53-year-old painter and decorator who consulted his GP when he developed severe pain in his lower back, running down his right leg. His GP sent him for a scan which showed he had a herniated lumbar disc. She referred him to the Musculo-Skeletal Clinic and told him to go straight to A&E if he developed saddle numbness or had any problems going to the toilet.
A week later, Tom noticed that he could not feel anything when he wiped himself after going to the toilet, and that he could not urinate.
He went to A&E and was seen by a junior doctor. He explained his symptoms, and the doctor reassured him that it was safe to wait for his clinic appointment later that week.
Four days later, Tom was seen at the clinic. He was immediately referred to the hospital for neurosurgical assessment and diagnosed with CES. He underwent spinal decompression surgery but by now, the nerve damage was irreversible.
Tom has been left with groin numbness and poor bladder function, which means he has to self-catheterise. He has foot drop, which makes it difficult for him to run or to manage stairs. His marriage suffered, he could not work properly and, unsurprisingly, he became depressed.
Tom’s surgeon told him that if CES had been diagnosed when he attended the Emergency Department, surgery would have been done within 24 hours and he would not have suffered permanent nerve damage.
Our medical negligence team in Bristol is experienced in handling claims for sufferers of Cauda Equina Syndrome who were not diagnosed or treated quickly enough. If you or someone you know is suffering from the effects of CES contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation.
*Not the client's real name
Gillian Clark / Partner and Head of Medical Negligence / Bristol
Frances Wright / Managing Associate / Bristol
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