Cauda Equina Syndrome

What is Cauda Equina Syndrome?

Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) is a rare but serious spinal condition resulting from neurological damage to a group of nerve roots at the base of the spinal cord. CES can result from a severe herniated disc, spinal tumour, an abscess, or lumbar spinal stenosis, as well as an injury resulting from a high impact.

Cauda Equina Syndrome is considered a medical emergency and urgent treatment is needed to avoid long-term damage. When treatment is delayed or symptoms are missed, a person can develop life-changing neurological and physical complications.

If you believe health professionals failed to diagnose and treat your condition before irreparable damage occurred, then you may be able to claim compensation.

Our team of specialist spinal cord injury solicitors at Aspire Law can help you through the process.

Signs of Cauda Equina Syndrome

There are a number of signs or symptoms that may indicate Cauda Equina Syndrome. These are sometimes known as ‘Red Flags’. The most important to look out for:

  • Saddle anaesthesia (numbness in the genitals and buttocks)
  • Bladder or bowel altered function or incontinence
  • Sensory abnormalities in the bladder or rectum
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Loss of reflexes in the legs or ankles
  • Weakness, numbness, or pain in one or both legs

The symptoms of Cauda Equina Syndrome can worsen rapidly. If there is a delay in diagnosis or treatment, this can reduce the chances of making a full recovery. About one in five people do not fully recover and will have a spinal cord injury for life.

If you believe one or more of the following applies to your experience, then you may be able to make a claim for medical negligence:

  • Misdiagnosis of your injury
  • Delayed investigation into the cause of your
    symptoms and or treatment
  • Inadequate medical treatment
  • Failure to recognise post-operative complications

The Impact of Cauda Equina Syndrome

If there has been a delay in diagnosing or treating CES you may be left with long term injuries associated with CES that accompany a reduction in mobility. These life-altering injuries include:

  • Weakness, numbness, or pain in one or both legs
  • Severe lower back pain
  • Bladder and bowel dysfunction
  • Loss of sexual functions

For many sufferers, Cauda Equina Syndrome is an invisible disability. This is because most people are still able to walk a little and therefore rely on walking aids rather than a wheelchair yet many of the long term and devastating consequences cannot be seen.

Unfortunately, many people with CES are discharged from a district hospital without guidance or information on how their spinal cord injury will affect their lives.

Yet CES is devastating for those who are no longer able to work, suffer from chronic pain, and need extensive modifications to maintain independent living. The mental and emotional damage runs deep.

Cauda Equina Compensation

Compensation aims to help people with Cauda Equina Syndrome adjust to their new circumstances and lead a fulfilling life. Compensation can provide financial support in rebuilding lives and helping you to fund customisations, including:

  • Rehabilitation
  • Housing
  • Transport
  • Care support
  • Aids and equipment
  • Re-education and training
  • Therapeutic services
  • Case management

Rehabilitation and other life adaptations are vital in helping you manage and improve your physical and emotional wellbeing in the months and years to come. The extent of your disability and the effect it has had on your life, will play a decisive role in the size of settlement you may be awarded.

Whilst nothing will change what has happened to you, if your spinal injury claim is successful, you’ll potentially have an important financial cushion as you adjust to your new life.

Talk with our solicitors

For many CES sufferers, permanent physical disabilities and emotional trauma could have been avoided with prompt, professional diagnosis and treatment.

Our specialist spinal cord injury team, comprise in part of people directly affected with spinal cord injuries themselves, and lawyers who are dual qualified as medics. Together our specialist team understand the mental and physical trauma you’re going through. We will guide you with a mixture of empathy and determination to establish whether you have a claim for compensation, and if so, see you get the financial support you need.

To discover more about making a Cauda Equina negligence claim, call us today on 0800 030 20 40 or contact us online and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.