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If you or a family member has suffered a delay or misdiagnosis for Cauda Equina Syndrome, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
Due to the rapid onset of Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES), time is of the essence when it comes to receiving treatment. Delays, or missing the clear signs of CES can have serious consequences for a patient and could lead to permanent injury.
Medical professionals must recognise the signs and red flags of CES, and arrange treatment in good time before any further damage is caused. If it is found this has not happened, and you have suffered as a result, you may be able to claim Cauda Equina compensation.
The Cauda Equina is a bunch of nerves at the very bottom of your spine. This supplies nerves to the bladder, bowels and lower limbs. Damage to this area requires immediate attention to avoid long-term complications.
When it comes to Cauda Equina Syndrome, time is often an important factor affecting the severity of the condition. The quicker the signs and ‘red flags’ are recognised, the better the outlook and future prospects for the patient.
As with many cases of medical negligence, it is difficult to put an exact figure on the value of a Cauda Equina Syndrome Claim. The reason for this is that the compensation awarded in serious cases of medical negligence is dependent on a multitude of factors that are personal to each case.
The lasting effects the person is left with after suffering from CES, and the impact this has on their ability to earn in the future for example will have a significant impact on the value of a Cauda Equina Syndrome Claim.
If a successful claim for CES can be made, it is likely however that compensation will be higher compared to other types of injury claims, as the severity of the injury can be so great and can have permanent effects on a person’s life such as paralysis.
Blackwater Law was able to secure £240,000 in compensation for a client left with permanent damage after the warning signs of Cauda Equina Syndrome were not spotted in time.
Jason Brady, Medical Negligence Partner was able to secure compensation after signs of Cauda Equina Syndrome were missed.
Every potential negligence case involving CES is different, and some cases will be more complicated than others. Whether or not a claim has to go to court will depend if the parties involved can agree on who was at fault for the injury. Or if there are significant disagreements over the amount of compensation there is to be awarded.
In 2021, just 3% of claims required the intervention of the courts to reach a resolution. It is therefore likely that your solicitor will be able to reach an out-of-court settlement for your claim.
For medical negligence claims, in general, you will have 3 years from the day you became aware of any negligence to bring forward your claim. After this time, it can be extremely difficult to make a successful claim.
There are some exceptions to this time limit. If the person who suffered from the negligence is under 18, then the clock only starts ticking once they reach their 18th birthday.
As mentioned, Cauda Equina Syndrome is a complex ailment, and proving that there has been negligence involved is difficult. It is essential to the success of your claim that choose solicitors with experience in dealing with these types of complex cases.
Having a solicitor who has dealt with Cauda Equina claims before, will ensure that your case will run smoothly, and ensure that you receive the best outcome possible in terms of compensation.
Deciding to take legal action for the harm you have suffered can be a daunting step. You may have concerns about the cost, or the time it may take to make your claim. At Blackwater Law, our Cauda Equina solicitors have experience in dealing with complex medical negligence claims, which means you can rest assured we will guide you through every step of the way.
We take all of our Cauda Equina claims on a no-win, no-fee basis, leaving you without having to worry about the financial cost and can focus on your recovery.