Our Service For You


Cauda Equina Litigation

Cauda equina syndrome is a rare neurological condition, yet it leads to a disproportionately high number of medical negligence claims.

Cauda equina claims

Since 1995, the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) has paid out £377 million for 159 cases involving cauda equina syndrome. Another 180 cases are currently being pursued. Seeing as experts suggest the condition affects only a few hundred people in the UK every year, the number of claims is extremely high.

Why are there so many claims?

So why does cauda equina syndrome so often result in a claim?

Primarily, it is because medical practitioners fail to recognise the early warning signs. The red flag symptoms of cauda equina syndrome include:

Medical practitioners should recognise these symptoms as the early signs of spinal nerve compression. Although a patient may well have another, more minor condition, it is best to proceed with caution to ensure cauda equina syndrome is not present. A patient should therefore be sent for an urgent MRI scan to check whether or not their symptoms are being caused by nerve compression.

Sadly this standard of care is not always provided and instead patients are discharged without having had an MRI scan. In the absence of treatment, the condition quickly progresses to the ‘complete’ stage, meaning the nerves have become so impaired that they have actually died. At this point, the symptoms associated with the condition will be permanent. These complications could have been avoided had medical practitioners recognised the signs of cauda equina syndrome and ordered an urgent MRI scan.

Cauda equina compensation

As mentioned above, the NHSLA had paid out £377 million compensation for 159 cauda equina claims. The amount of compensation each Claimant receives is therefore very high. This is because the consequences of a delay in diagnosis and treatment are absolutely devastating.

Often the individual will be left totally or partially paralysed, leaving them to rely upon a wheelchair of some sort of walking aid. There will also be a degree of urinary incontinence and faecal incontinence. Evidently being doubly incontinent will be very problematic and many become housebound. Furthermore, there will be severe lower back pain, but numbness in the saddle area. This will result in sexual dysfunction, something which often causes relationships to break down. Of course, all this will have a huge psychological effect upon the person concerned, and depression and anxiety is not uncommon in cauda equina sufferers.

Can I claim?

If you would like to know more about pursuing a cauda equina claim, please get in touch with 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