Cauda equina claims
While most medical care that occurs in the UK is of a very high standard, sadly mistakes do sometimes happen. Often this is on account of budget cuts to the NHS and unsustainable workloads for staff as a result.
But if you, or a loved one, have developed cauda equina syndrome as a result of poor medical treatment, or have developed cauda equina symptoms as a result of a delay in diagnosis, you may be able to make a legal claim with Thompsons Solicitors. Contact us today on 0800 0 224 224 or complete our online claim form.
Why trust Thompsons Solicitors with your cauda equina claim
Our medical negligence solicitors have substantial experience in supporting people who have suffered on account of cauda equina negligence – either because of surgical error or delayed diagnosis.
We help thousands of people every year with serious injury and medical negligence claims, putting you in touch with our network of serious injury specialists and working tirelessly throughout the case to secure interim payments that will make life easier for you as the litigation progresses.
Thompsons Solicitors is proud to be an accredited legal provider to the Spinal Injuries Association, which provides support for anyone who has suffered a spinal cord injury.
Frequently asked questions about cauda equina claims
1. What is cauda equina?
The cauda equina is responsible for the supply of nerves to the bladder, bowels, lower limbs and bottom.
Cauda equina syndrome is a rare but dangerous spinal condition caused when the nerves in the lower back – collectively known as the cauda equina - suddenly become severely compressed. If left untreated, it can lead to permanent incontinence and even paralysis.
2. Who is most at risk of suffering from the effects of cauda equina syndrome?
Most cases of cauda equina syndrome occur in the over 60s, 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 and, if you are suffering from cauda equina symptoms, you should contact your GP straight away.
3. What are the signs of cauda equina syndrome?
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, or a loved one, develop cauda equina symptoms you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
4. What are cauda equina claims and am I able to make one?
Thompsons Solicitors is there to support you with a cauda equina claim if you have developed cauda equina syndrome because of surgical error, or if medical professionals have taken too long to make a cauda equina diagnosis, leading to significant spinal damage that could have been mitigated with early decompression.
If you have developed cauda equina syndrome as a result of surgical error, or it has worsened because of delayed diagnosis, you may be able to make a claim.
Our medical negligence specialists are here to help throughout the legal process – from advising you of the strength of your claim and seeking the relevant medical evidence, to preparing witness statements and negotiating on your behalf.
5. How much compensation will I get for a cauda equina claim?
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 medical negligence experts can inform you of the likely value of your claim.
6. Is there a time limit for making cauda equina claims?
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.
7. How do I start my compensation claim for cauda equina syndrome?
If you’ve developed cauda equina syndrome as a result of medical negligence, you can contact Thompsons Solicitors on 0800 0 224 224 or complete our free online Start a Claim form.
Our medical negligence specialists will gather evidence to establish the facts and will work with you to build a strong claim for compensation.