Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) is a medical emergency which requires the condition to be diagnosed and treated generally within 48 hours. Diagnosis often involves an MRI or CT scan to confirm CES, which if present, must immediately be treated with surgery.
Unfortunately there are times when CES is not always correctly recognised by the medical profession, this can often lead to a delay in intervention and result in poor health outcomes for patients.
If you have recently been diagnosed with CES and are unhappy with the medical treatment you received, you may want to discuss with us what your options are. If we believe that you have a claim for compensation we will advise you.
Below are some of the points we would discuss with you to help you decide whether to pursue a claim.
Was there a failure by your GP to take a proper history or advise you of the potential red flag symptoms of CES and a failure to refer you for an MRI scan or orthopaedic assessment at any time up to the point at which CES was diagnosed?
Were you incontinent of bladder or bowel more than 48 hours before your CES diagnosis and not told about the significance of this?
Did the ambulance staff fail to examine you thoroughly or fail to take you to hospital for assessment and instead advise you that you had muscle spasms/sciatica and referred you to your GP?
Did the hospital doctors delay in carrying out an MRI scan, delay in undertaking surgery, fail to consider CES as a possible diagnosis, fail to refer you to appropriate specialist?
Was the damage caused by doctors during surgery or through an untreated infection or abscess?
Specialist advice could significantly influence the outcome of your claim.
Medical negligence claims are complex - you’ll need the support of specialist clinical negligence lawyers who have what it takes to deliver results in this highly technical and complex area of law.
We have one of the top clinical negligence teams in the country. With many years’ experience of claims against hospitals, GP’s and other healthcare providers, we have a consistently strong track record and are regarded as leaders in the field.
Reaching a successful outcome requires not only expert legal knowledge but also an excellent understanding of how the NHS and medical defence organisations arrive at settlement decisions. Our team of specialist clinical negligence lawyers has been hand picked for their specific skills and technical competence and includes lawyers qualified in medicine, nursing and midwifery, with practical experience of working in hospitals.
If you choose to proceed with a claim after receiving advice, there will be several stages involved in the investigation of your claim; below are some aspects we might consider on your behalf.
Limitation date – you will need to bring a claim within three years from the date of the treatment/diagnosis. The three years can run from a later date, but the key issue is that if you do not start investigating your claim within this timeframe you may be prevented from bringing a claim.
Complaint - you may have already written a formal complaint letter to the healthcare body responsible for your treatment. If not, this may be a sensible way to start.
Medical records – we will obtain a full complete set of medical records including all scans from your GP, 111 service, the ambulance service and all hospitals attended.
Experts – we will gauge the opinion of a specialist medical expert to review the care you received and confirm whether it was substandard, whether you should have been treated earlier and how and whether, if you had received that earlier treatment, you would have a better prognosis now.
Letter of claim/court proceedings – if the medical experts confirm that there is a case to pursue, we will detail your claim in a letter to the healthcare body outlining the allegations against it or if a limitation date is approaching we will issue court proceedings.
What is my claim worth?
Cauda equina settlements are often substantial as the effects on individuals are usually quite extensive. As well as damage to bladder, bowel and sexual function, there can be restrictions on mobility and ongoing pain, often leading to an inability to work and the need for extensive help with everyday living. The level of your disability and symptoms will generally dictate the level of settlement.
How is my claim funded?
This is a complex area which we will take you through carefully. We can help you fund your claim and agree a method of funding that does not expose you to any financial risk or worry. There are a number of alternatives available to you and we can advise you of the best option for your claim.
If you would like to discuss the possibility of pursuing a claim, please contact Maya Sushila.
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