Cauda Equina Syndrome Lawyers
Our solicitors have extensive experience of supporting people suffering from cauda equina syndrome resulting from medical negligence.
We have helped clients secure significant amounts of cauda equina compensation, including:
- £1.5 million for a client who injured his back when he fell onto a concrete surface. His diagnosis and treatment of cauda equina syndrome was delayed, resulting in life-long injuries including impaired mobility, numbness in his saddle area, genitals, and down the back of his legs, pain in his left leg, sexual dysfunction, and bladder and bowel dysfunction. He also suffers with depression as a consequence of his injuries.
- £820,000 for a client who was hospitalised after falling down stairs. Her concerns about numbness in her feet were ignored and a diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome was delayed. As a result, her mobility is severely restricted and she has lost sensation in her bladder and bowels.
- £800,000 for a client whose MRI scan was delayed. He now lives with neuropathic pain and weakness in his right leg, bowel and bladder issues, and sexual dysfunction. He has had to significantly reduce his working hours due to the effects of his injuries.
We can help you make a claim on a no win, no fee basis, so you only pay legal fees if your cauda equina claim is successful.
If you would like to speak to us about making a cauda equina negligence claim, fill in our no-obligation online claim form or request a call back.
Can I make a cauda equina claim?
You can make a cauda equina syndrome claim if your condition has been caused or worsened by poor medical treatment.
It is essential that cauda equina syndrome is diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. If it is not treated in time, irreparable damage can be done to the spinal nerves – with life-changing consequences for the patient.
If medical professionals did not diagnose or treat your cauda equina syndrome symptoms in time, you can claim for compensation.
In some cases, cauda equina syndrome can also occur as a result of surgical errors. If your condition was caused by surgical mistakes, you can make a clinical negligence claim.
Proving cauda equina was caused or worsened by medical negligence can be difficult. Our lawyers are highly experienced at building strong cauda equina negligence cases and securing our clients the maximum compensation possible.
Why choose Thompsons’ cauda equina solicitors?
We are specialists in this area of law. Our solicitors have helped thousands of people make spinal injury claims, and we’ve been recognised by The Times as one of UK’s best medical negligence law firms.
We’re also an accredited legal provider of the Spinal Injuries Association, a charity which provides support for anyone who has suffered a spinal cord injury.
Our cauda equina syndrome lawyers are here to help throughout the legal process – from advising you on the strength of your claim and seeking the relevant medical evidence, to preparing witness statements and negotiating on your behalf.
We will work to improve your situation from day one, putting you in touch with medical experts and support groups who can help you manage your condition. Our solicitors will also seek interim compensation to support you financially while you await the outcome of your case.
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Frequently asked questions about cauda equina claims
The cauda equina is a collection of nerve roots located in the lower back that supply nerves to the bladder, bowels, lower limbs and bottom.
Cauda equina syndrome (CES) is a rare but dangerous spinal condition caused when this bundle of nerves suddenly becomes severely compressed. If left untreated, it can lead to permanent damage which can cause incontinence, sexual dysfunction, and even paralysis.
Most cases of cauda equina syndrome occur in the over 60s. This is because the condition is often caused by the bones and tissue that make up the spine wearing down and the spinal column narrowing as a result.
Nonetheless, cauda equina syndrome can affect all age groups. If you are suffering from cauda equina symptoms, you should contact your GP straight away.
There are a number of cauda equina ‘red flags’, including:
- Loss of feeling between the legs or around the genitals
- Bladder or bowel issues – including incontinence or a loss of feeling
- Issues with sexual function
If you develop cauda equina symptoms you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
The amount of compensation you are awarded for your cauda equina claim will depend on the severity of the injury, and the impact it has had on your life.
Our cauda equina syndrome experts can tell you the likely value of your claim once you provide us with information about your condition.
Yes there is. In most personal injury claims the time limit is three years from the date of injury or diagnosis. However, in medical negligence claims, the three-year time limit can start from when you reasonably judged that your injuries were caused by medical negligence or delayed diagnosis.
We advise anyone who thinks they might have developed cauda equina syndrome as a result of medical negligence to contact us as soon as possible to ensure the claim is launched within the time limit.
Most of our clinical negligence clients claim on a no win, no fee basis.
This means that you won’t have to pay any legal fees unless your cauda equina negligence claim is successful.
If your claim is successful, we cap our fees to ensure that you will always receive a minimum of 75% of the compensation awarded.
Our cauda equina lawyers will provide all the information you need about fees and charges during your initial conversations.
Our cauda equina syndrome lawyers will gather evidence to establish the facts and work with you to build a strong claim for compensation.