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Cauda Equina Claims
Cauda Equina is a medical emergency and should be treated as quickly as possible. Any failings in diagnosis, treatment or care can be serious, with devastating consequences for victims and their families. You may be entitled to claim compensation if you or a loved one has suffered from Cauda Equina syndrome that could have been prevented.
Making a Cauda Equina Claim
The consequences of Cauda Equina can be life changing. We have a specialist injury team that will take on your case and get the compensation and support you need following medical mismanagement of Cauda Equina syndrome. Our medical negligence lawyers have over 30 years experience and will help you understand:
- If you have a medical negligence case
- How your Cauda equina diagnosis and treatment was mishandled
- The amount of compensation you could be entitled to
- What compensation can help you with for the future
- How the No Win No Fee Agreement works
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What is a Cauda Equina claim?
Medical negligence claims regarding Cauda Equina usually arise from negligent surgery and/or medical delays. The Cauda Equina is a group of nerves at the bottom end of your spine. Cauda Equina Syndrome occurs when these nerves are damaged through compression. Cauda Equina can start slowly with some lower back pain, or can come on very quickly. If Cauda Equina has a slow onset, your symptoms may have been dismissed or diagnosed as something else, allowing the condition to get worse. With a rapid onset, speed is key and treatment should begin as soon as possible. In either case, if your signs or symptoms were misdiagnosed, treatment was delayed or surgery was not carried out correctly, you could have a claim for Cauda Equina compensation.
Causes of Cauda Equina
The most common cause of Cauda Equina is a herniated disc. Other possible causes and red flags for Cauda Equina include;
- Narrowing of the spinal canal
- Lesions on the spine
- Malignant tumours on the spine
- Inflammation or an infection on the spine
- Genetic defects or defects caused during birth
- Inadequate spinal surgery or after care
We have helped many patients whose Cauda Equina occurred in relation to these common causes. Healthcare professionals have a duty of care and any signs and symptoms relating to these issues should be investigated properly to avoid Cauda Equina advancing.
Signs and symptoms of Cauda Equina
With Cauda Equina, some symptoms are referred to as ‘red flag symptoms’ because they give a clear sign that the Cauda Equina nerves are being decompressed, and should be acted on very quickly. Typical symptoms include:
- Severe lower back pain
- Leg weaknesses
- Saddle paraesthesia (a numb sensation between the legs, genitals or buttocks)
- Incontinence (the bladder or the bowel)
- Sexual dysfunction or loss of sexual sensation
The only way to confirm Cauda Equina syndrome is with an MRI scan. Ideally, it needs to be caught within a few hours followed by surgery to decompress the spine. GPs and consultants should be alert to these symptoms in order to act quickly.
You find further help and support to understand your Cauda Equina syndrome from Cauda Equina UK.
How do I know if I can make a claim?
We have helped hundreds of people claim compensation for Cauda Equina negligence. You are able to make a claim if any of the following occurred at any point during your Cauda Equina diagnosis or during surgery:
- Misdiagnosis of ‘red flag’ symptoms leading to the avoidable progression of the syndrome
- Inadequate surgery leading to permanent damage and ongoing operations.
- Failure to even receive decompression surgery
- Delayed treatment e.g. delayed MRI scans.
Cauda Equina patients can suffer from life-limiting disabilities such as incontinence or permanent pain, even if the medical treatment is good. As this condition is so serious, delayed or negligent treatment means that you could be entitled to claim compensation.
What can I expect?
It is estimated that compensation figures for Cauda Equina claims will reach £150m to £200m a year. The amount you will receive will depend on the impact on your daily life. Compensation is most often awarded for:
- Changes to your home to help with loss of mobility
- Additional household aids
- Cost of care eg. if you are no longer able to carry out tasks like shopping or housework.
- Loss of earnings if you can no longer work
- Physical therapy to aid recovery
- Sexual dysfunction and the effects of this on your life and wellbeing
- Emotional distress and suffering
Why Choose Us
Patient Claim Line has over 100 expert medical negligence lawyers based throughout the UK. We have the expertise and resources of an established company, but the compassion, care and friendliness of a local solicitor. We have helped thousands of patients make claims for negligent medical care and pursued compensation for those whose lives have changed because Cauda Equina syndrome was not caught or operated on early enough. We investigate every aspect of your claim to get you the maximum amount possible.
No Win No Fee Cauda Equina Claims
Your initial consultation is completely free and there is no obligation to use Patient Claim Line for your claim. If you do decide to go ahead with your Cauda Equina claim, it will be completely No Win, No Fee so you don’t pay a penny upfront. Facing life after Cauda Equina can be a very difficult time for you and your loved ones. We do everything we can to make claiming compensation as stress free as possible and so unless we win, you don’t have to pay a thing.
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Patient Claim Line was established in 2014 and consists of a team of medical lawyers specialising in medical negligence and misdiagnosis claims.
At Patient Claim Line we have more than 100 solicitors with combined experience of over 400 years and they will work on your behalf to achieve the best result possible for you.
It's not enough to use a solicitor who sometimes covers medical negligence. You need someone who knows this area through and through. That is what the solicitors here at Patient Claim Line do. They deal exclusively in this area of law and are experts in the field.
Meet the team
Director of Legal Strategy and Transformation
Georgia is one of our Directors of Medical Negligence and has an impressive wealth of knowledge. She has over 15 years of legal experience and is responsible for overseeing the whole medical negligence team.
Georgia prides herself on the development of her team and aims to ensure that everyone in the department shares the same passion, tenacity and drive to get the best possible result for the injured patient.
Georgia is in charge of the day to day operational running of our largest medical negligence department, working hard to ensure a self-sustainable future for the team. Georgia is heavily involved in developing Fletchers’ nationwide reputation as medical negligence experts, alongside ensuring that all of our cases are dealt with the utmost efficiency and professionalism.
Team Leader/Senior Solicitor
Having joined Patient Claim Line in 2017, Bilal is a Clinical Negligence Solicitor with extensive experience in the medical negligence field. He has recently qualified as an internationally and nationally accredited mediator, recognised by the Civil Mediation Council, International Mediation Institute and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Bilal has been recognised for his excellent client work, having received the ‘Customer Award’ at our annual awards evening.
Having had continuous exposure to medical negligence claims throughout his career, Bilal has developed a large skillset, enabling him to bring matters to time-efficient, amicable solutions. Bilal completes a formal assessment of each case and strategically plans the progression of the case, ensuring all cases within his team run smoothly and that our customers receive the justice they deserve.
Bilal was also the recipient of the Customer Feedback Champion award in 2019.
Medical Negligence Solicitor
Jennifer joined the team in 2018 with a wealth of experience of working in Medical Negligence in several firms across the North of England. As a Solicitor, Jennifer has an in-depth knowledge of the law and a recognition of the suffering that customers have already been through and the support that they may need through their claim. She works efficiently to achieve the best outcome for her customers. She has a wide range of experience within Medical Negligence and has particular expertise in delayed diagnoses of cancer, shoulder and eye injuries.
Senior Litigation Executive
Admitted to the roll of Solicitors in 2016, Kate is a Senior Litigation Executive at Patient Claim Line. She handles cases through to settlement or issuing. Within the team she is responsible for corresponding with customers and experts to ensure cases are conducted in a proactive and effective manner. Kate provides support and guidance to the team to deliver an outstanding service to our customers.
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