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Delays in Diagnosing Cauda Equina Syndrome

Delays in Diagnosing Cauda Equina SyndromeA patient who is developing cauda equina syndrome should be considered a medical emergency and delays in referring or investigating their symptoms may be cause for a claim for compensation.

The significance of a delay in diagnosis

Timing is crucial in the diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome. If a diagnosis is made in a timely manner, the patient has a very good chance of recovering much of their lost lower-body function. If diagnosis is delayed, however, the patient may suffer incontinence and disability for a lifetime.

An emergency referral for an MRI scan, the prompt undertaking of the scan and the timely reporting of those results will confirm whether or not emergency surgery is necessary for the patient. A delay in any part of that process can allow the patient to deteriorate to the point where surgery is likely to be less effective.

Possible causes of a delay

Diagnosis delays and Medical Negligence

Where a delay in the diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome is not considered to have affected the outcome for the patient, it is unlikely that the medical practitioners will be considered to have acted negligently.

Where there was an opportunity to diagnose the condition at an early stage and that opportunity was missed due to unacceptable misdiagnosis or delays in referral, the medical professionals involved may be considered to have provided a substandard level of care.

If the patient is then left with long-term significant symptoms, they may be able to make a claim for compensation.

If you feel your cauda equina symptoms were misdiagnosed, leading to a delay in treatment, contact us to discuss your situation.

We are a specialist medical negligence legal team with extensive experience of supporting cauda equina syndrome compensation claims.

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