£145,000 Compensation for Cauda Equina Medical Negligence
We represented a woman whose symptoms of Cauda Equina Syndrome had been missed by an orthopaedic specialist at her local hospital.
Our investigation showed that the orthopaedic doctor hadn’t acted on the information given by an emergency GP, who’d recorded a partial left-sided saddle block. As a result, our client hadn’t been referred for an emergency MRI scan and diagnosed with Cauda Equina Syndrome as early as she could have been.
Because of the delay, our client suffered bladder and bowel complications, and it was another two days before she underwent the surgery she needed. Due to the delay in operating, she suffered completely avoidable bladder and bowel problems, which affected her job and her relationship with her husband.
The NHS Trust responsible denied fault at first, but eventually acknowledged that the hospital didn’t spot the warning signs of Cauda Equina Syndrome when she presented at hospital. With our help, our client was awarded £145,000 compensation.
We want to see fewer mistakes like this happening in NHS hospitals, and for clinicians to be able to recognise the warning signs of this terrible condition and act appropriately without delay.
That’s why our Medical Negligence Solicitors always aim to work with the NHS to settle compensation claims, rather than against it. By working collaboratively with healthcare professionals, we can not only get the best outcomes for our clients, but also help to make sure that the mistakes that led to problems being missed aren’t repeated.