How to Claim Compensation for Cauda Equina Syndrome

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Kate Sweeney

Head of Clinical Negligence

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This article was updated on 31 August 2022.

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.

If you’ve developed Cauda Equina Syndrome because of a clinical error or delayed diagnosis, our Medical Negligence Solicitors could help you access support and compensation.

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 Make a Claim?

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

  • a doctor or 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 alarming 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 is the Claims Process?

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 be included as part of your compensation claim, so you can get the support you need to live with your injury.

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.

What Will my Compensation Cover?

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 expert Medical Negligence Solicitors are experienced in acting for people in Cauda Equina Syndrome claims and helping them get substantial settlements. If you believe mistakes were made in your medical treatment, get in touch with us to discuss your situation.

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