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Poor Medical Care Of Cauda Equina Syndrome

Cauda Equina Syndrome can lead to serious neurological complications if not diagnosed and treated in the early stages. It is therefore absolutely vital medical professionals provide, at the very least, an acceptable standard of care. If they fail to do so and a patient suffers irreparable injury as a result, there could be grounds for a medical negligence claim.

Acceptable standards of care for Cauda Equina Syndrome

Cauda Equina Syndrome is when the bundle of nerves at the end of the spinal cord – known as the cauda equina – becomes compressed. There are various ways in which this can happen; examples may include a traumatic accident, an inflammatory condition, a spinal tumour, a herniated disc or an infection.

But no matter what the underlying cause happens to be, the effect will be the same. Namely, the nerves will begin to suffer damage, quickly leading to neurological symptoms such as lower back pain, sciatica, urinary disturbances, bowel dysfunction, genital and saddle numbness and loss of rectal tone. The longer compression continues, the more widespread the damage will be. If compression persists for too long (around 48 hours or more) the damage will be so extensive that the injury will be irreparable.

To ensure a patient is not left with permanent complications medical professionals must act quickly and competently, drawing upon their skill and expertise to provide an acceptable level of medical care. This will involve:-

Common causes of substandard medical care

If medical professionals fail to follow the course of action as described above, the care provided will have fallen to a substandard level. This will often occur because:-

Should a substandard level of medical care cause a patient to suffer an injury that could otherwise have been avoided, there will be grounds for a medical negligence claim.

Have you been affected by poor medical care?

If you have suffered Cauda Equina Syndrome and your condition was adversely affected because of poor medical care, you need to speak to a solicitor as soon as possible, as you could be entitled to compensation.

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