How to Claim Compensation for Cauda Equina Syndrome


If you’ve developed Cauda Equina Syndrome because of a clinical error or delayed diagnosis, contact our Medical Negligence Solicitors for a free claims assessment.

We’ll be happy to speak with you about your situation and can let you know straight away if you have a good chance of claiming successfully, and if we can deal with your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.

If we can take on your case, we’ll investigate what happened to you and how your Cauda Equina Syndrome has affected your life.

This will involve arranging at least one independent medical assessment, so a medical report detailing your injury can be prepared, and any treatment, care and rehabilitation needs can be identified. These can then can be included as part of your compensation claim, so you can get the support you need to live with your injury.

We’ll also look at how the medical negligence has affected you financially, as you may have been unable to work and earn an income.

Your Medical Negligence Solicitor will approach the NHS Trust or GP responsible for the negligence with details of the claim and ask them to accept full or partial liability (fault). If they do so, we can then start negotiating for a settlement, working with the NHS to achieve a fair and reasonable outcome. Rest assured that it’s very unlikely that a medical negligence claim has to be settled in Court.

We understand that claiming compensation for medical negligence may seem daunting, but don’t worry. If we can take on your claim, our priority will be to handle all the technical and legal aspects of your claim so you can just focus on your recovery, and we’ll keep you updated every step of the way so there’s no unnecessary worry or uncertainty.

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Can I Claim for Cauda Equina Syndrome?

You may have grounds to claim compensation for Cauda Equina Syndrome if:

      • A doctor or other healthcare professional didn’t identify “red flag” symptoms quickly enough, and an emergency referral to hospital for an MRI scan and surgery was delayed
      • Your condition was misdiagnosed because a doctor or healthcare professional didn’t recognise “red flag” symptoms
      • Decompression surgery was negligently performed
      • Complications from decompression surgery weren’t recognised

We’ll arrange for you to be seen by an independent medical expert, so they can give their professional opinion on the standard of medical treatment you received and if any damage was avoidable.

What Can I Claim Compensation For?

Depending on how the injury has affected you, you could claim compensation for:

        • The injury, ongoing pain and disability
        • The cost of further surgery and/or therapies
        • Loss of earnings, including possible future earnings
        • Care costs
        • The cost of specialist aids and equipment
        • The cost of home adaptations, such as wheelchair ramps and stairlifts

Our specialist Medical Negligence Solicitors have considerable expertise in acting for people in Cauda Equina Syndrome Claims and helping them get substantial settlements. So if you believe mistakes have been made with your medical treatment, please get in touch with us to discuss your situation.

What is Cauda Equina?

Cauda Equina Syndrome is a serious neurological condition which occurs when the nerves of the cauda equine at the base of the spinal cord become compressed, often as a result of a prolapsed disc.

These nerves supply the bladder, bowel, genitals and lower limbs and damage to them can cause permanent, life-changing disability.

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