Our Service For You


Cauda Equina Compensation Can I Claim?

If a patient is suspected of having cauda equina syndrome, an emergency MRI scan should be arranged.

If there is a failure to detect or treat cauda equina syndrome, there could be grounds for a claim.

Detecting cauda equina syndrome

An MRI scan will reveal significant degenerative changes at the lower two lumbar levels of L4/5 and L5/S1 with lateral disc protrusion at both levels causing nerve root entrapment and a degree of spinal stenosis, particularly at the L5/S1 level.

Once this is discovered, there should be no delay in taking a patient to theatre for emergency decompression surgery. This will relieve the compressed nerves, removing the disc fragment (or any other structure that is pressing on the nerves).

Timing of treatment for cauda equina syndrome

For acute cauda equina syndrome, medical experts consider that surgery will have a positive impact if performed within 24 hours of the onset of red flag symptoms.

The most obvious red flag symptom is urinary retention, meaning the patient is unable to pass urine of their own accord. The other red flags include numbness around the genitals, legs and buttocks, and weakness in the legs.

Delayed surgery for cauda equina syndrome

Sometimes, however, a patient is displaying the red flag symptoms of cauda equina syndrome but emergency decompression surgery is not carried out.

When this occurs, there may be grounds for a medical negligence compensation claim as doctors should be aware of the need to provide immediate treatment. To find out if you can make a claim, you need to talk to a solicitor who specialises in cauda equina claims.

Will I have grounds for a claim?

When deciding whether you are able to make a claim, a solicitor will whether:

If a solicitor does believe that there has been an unreasonable delay, and this caused you unnecessary injury, you will be able to make a claim.

Cauda equina compensation

The injuries you have been left with as a result of medical error will be explored during the course of your claim. For example, it may be that with earlier decompression surgery, you would have enjoyed:

Expert legal advice

To talk to a legal expert about claiming compensation for cauda equina syndrome, please contact us today.

Please call us free on 0800 234 3300, from a mobile click to call 01275 334030 or complete our Free Online Enquiry for a no cost, no obligation opinion.

Share Article With:

Free Cauda Equina Enquiry

Call us free on
0800 234 3300

or enter your details below and we will be pleased to answer your questions and advise you of your options.

     

    All enquiries are completely free of charge and without obligation. We are here to help you, so if you have any questions please do get in touch with us.


    What Clients Say

    I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for taking on J’s case, for the comprehensive advice and also for keeping us regularly updated with regard to the progress. I would not hesitate to recommend you or the firm to anyone in the future.

    Mr B

    Julie and everyone at Glynns is amazing, they have been more like friends than solicitors and have helped me no end throughout my ordeal. I have had lots of medical advice from specialists which I am eternally grateful for which was all thanks to Glynns. I have to say I will actually miss my contact with Glynns when my case is over and would not hesitate to recommend them to other people who have been through a similar thing to me.

    Ms M

    Absolutely amazing, always available to talk, always kept informed every step of the way. Very supportive, efficient and knowledgeable. Thank you.

    Ms S

    Highly recommend Glynns Solicitors. Very sensitive on personal injuries. Explained everything.

    Ms B

    The service I have received from Chris has been absolutely outstanding. He has made a traumatic and painful situation more bearable through his constant support, advice and friendliness. Thank you

    Ms A

    Lucy, thank you so much for everything over the last five and a half years, I really appreciate everything you, John, Carolynne and Abdul have done to support me and make this as painless as possible and to help me secure a fair settlement.

    Mrs M

    A wonderful, helpful service. Great advice and lots of patience, I definitely made the right decision.

    Ms D

    I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for taking on J’s case, for the comprehensive advice and also for keeping us regularly updated with regard to the progress. I would not hesitate to recommend you or the firm to anyone in the future.

    Mr B

    Absolutely amazing, always available to talk, always kept informed every step of the way. Very supportive, efficient and knowledgeable. Thank you.

    Ms S

    Why Choose Us?

    Over 1,000 Cauda Equina Claim enquiries handled to date

    All initial enquiries are completely free of charge and without obligation

    Specialists in Cauda Equina Claims

    We have a range of funding options for you

    Part of Glynns Solicitors - specialist medical negligence claims solicitors serving England & Wales

    Our Expertise

    Law Society Accredited

    England & Wales

    We have specialist Cauda Equina Claim Solicitors ready and waiting to help you now, wherever you are located in England or Wales.

    Map of England and Wales