In this Cauda Equina Syndrome case study we have researched a case where the claimant suffered medical negligence on the part of both her GP and the hospital she was initially sent to. Due to this clinical negligence, the claimant was awarded a payout for Cauda Equina Syndrome of £2.75 million. This was to reflect the severity of her disability and the fact that she would not be able to work again.
The claimant suffered permanent disabilities due to an unreasonable delay in getting treatment from her GP and a referral to the hospital, as well as heavily delayed and negligent treatment in the hospital. These combined to push her out of the conditions treatment window.
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What Is Cauda Equina Syndrome?
In this case we are looking at someone who needed to seek a payout for cauda equina syndrome. Cauda Equina Syndrome is a very serious medical emergency and to be successfully treated requires surgical intervention within 48 hours of it happening. The symptoms of Cauda Equina Syndrome include:
- Sciatica at either side of your body.
- A progressive feeling of numbness or weakness in your legs.
- Loss of feeling or numbness in your genital and anal area(s).
- Difficulty urinating, or controlling your urination, or changes in your usual urination.
- Not noticing when you need to release your bowels, or being able to control this.
If not treated within this window people can suffer permanent effects of it can be;
- Lower body paralysis,
- Impaired function in the bladder and/ or bowels.
- Neurological issues affecting walking and other movement.
- Permanent nerve damage in rare cases.
The onset of Cauda Equina can either be acute and quite sudden, developing within 24 hours. Or it can also develop progressively over several weeks or even months. However the symptoms develop it is important that the condition is addressed as quickly as possible in order to ensure the fullest possible recovery.
What Injury Did The Claimant Experience?
The claimant suffered from Cauda Equina Syndrome which became permanent due to delays in the provision of her treatment. The claimant suffered from lower back pain one morning which became much worse the next day. By the second day she was in a significant amount of pain and sought medical help from her GP. She told her GP receptionist that she was in considerable back pain, a message which was relayed to her GP for further advice. She did not have a response from the GP or GP surgery and had to make several calls to get a response to her initial enquiry. At this point her condition had become much worse and she found it difficult to urinate. She was told by the doctor they would prepare a prescription for pain medication that afternoon. The claimant took the medication but continued to deteriorate. She contacted her out of hours doctor during the night and was found to have lost feeling through the lower part of her back as well as the perineum. She had not been able to urinate for several hours and was admitted to hospital as an emergency patient.
The claimant arrived at hospital in the evening, having tried to get the necessary help from her GP through the day. A surgeon specialising in orthopaedics examined her and though they noted her severe pain, inability to pass urine, and the loss of feeling she was experiencing, thought that she did not have Cauda Equina Syndrome. The claimant was given a spinal X-Ray. Doctors determined that she may need to have a follow up MRI scan the next day. During the case it was alleged that this should have been administered straight away.
The next morning the claimant still have difficulty passing urine and she was taken for an immediate MRI. At this point doctors thought her condition could be due to Cauda Equina Syndrome. However, whilst it was known the claimants injury could be very serious, and that there would only be a limited window in which treatment could be provided if the condition was Cauda Equina, the MRI was not provided nearly quickly enough. The MRI Scan showed that the claimant had a large spinal abscess. The claimant was then transferred to a hospital with a specialist unit for spinal surgery. Upon transfer to the specialist centre, the claimant had lost any feeling in the lower part of her spine, as well as down through her legs and her feet. During surgery it was found that the abscess was providing pressure on the nerves at the base of the spine. This was why she demonstrated all the symptoms of this condition. The surgery drained the abscess, and antibiotics were provided to the claimant. However, at this point it was too late to be able to rectify the damage to her nerves. As such the claimant would be left with permanent disabilities. These included pain, and problems in her bladder, bowel as well as permanent sexual dysfunction.
How Was The Cauda Equina Compensation Case Conducted?
The claimant reached out to a personal injury lawyer to help her with her personal injury claim. The solicitor alleged that Cauda Equina Syndrome negligence was caused by the hospital and the GP who provided treatment to the claimant. It was alleged that the errors on the part of both had caused an unreasonable delay in her treatment. As Cauda Equina Syndrome is a ‘time bound’ condition – with a 24 – 48 hour surgical window to be able to successfully fix the problem, these delays pushed the surgery out of it. If the surgery had taken place in this window the claimant could have recovered fully. As it was not carried out quickly enough the symptoms became permanent. This case was argued successfully and the claimant was awarded a settlement as detailed below.
What Was The Cauda Equina Compensation Payout For This Case?
Due to the serious and debilitating nature of the injuries suffered by the claimant in this case, including the fact that the claimant would have disabilities as well as suffering from pain, and have issues with her bladder, bowel and sexual function, the payout for Cauda Equina Syndrome was quite high.
The personal injury lawyer acting on behalf of the claimant negotiated a total settlement of £2.75 million in personal injury compensation. The settlement was set at this level to help her manage with both her disabilities and the financial impact of them on her. To find out what compensation you could claim for negligence on the part of a hospital or GP, read our guide.
No Win No Fee Compensation Claims For Cauda Equina
If you have had some form of accident or injury, or if you have suffered from negligent medical treatment through your GP, hospital, or other part of the health service, you could be able to make a personal injury claim using a no win no fee solicitor. But, what does the term no win no fee actually mean? No win no fee is a term which is commonly used to describe conditional fee agreements. These are used in claims made with a personal injury solicitor under which the solicitor or lawyer will provide their services to the claimant without any payments being made at the start of the claim or whilst it is being conducted.
The basic idea of this type of agreement is that it will allow the claimant to make a claim for what they may be eligible to, without out there being any risk to them in doing so. As a high percentage of people who are entitled to claim compensation do not, the advent of no win no fee solicitors has been important to helping to encourage people to do so.
Before agreeing to provide their services through a no win no fee agreement, a solicitor will assess your claim thoroughly to make sure that you have a valid claim which they believe that they can successfully pursue for you. Remember, with this type of contract you will only ever have legal fees to pay if your personal injury claim is awarded a settlement. If you are unsuccessful in your claim, you will not have any legal costs to pay. To find out more about making a no win no fee claim and how much a payout for Cauda Equina syndrome could be, get in touch with Accident Claims UK using the contact methods below.
At Accident Claims UK we have specialist personal injury solicitors and lawyers with years or even decades of experience in helping people such as you who have been the victim of medical negligence in cases such as Cauda Equina Syndrome. We have helped claimants across the country to claim thousands of pounds in compensation. When you make a Cauda Equina Syndrome compensation claim, or indeed any other type of personal injury claim with our team there are several things we promise.
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Get in contact with out specialist no win no fee personal injury solicitors to book your free consultation and find out how much your payout for Cauda Equina Syndrome could be.
If you still have any questions with regards to making a compensation claim for Cauda Equina Syndrome, or any other condition caused by medical negligence, find further information at these links.
Medical Negligence To Death
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Medical Misdiagnosis Claims
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Cauda Equina Syndrome
Learn more about this condition with this NHS link.