Caudia Equina Syndrome and claiming medical negligence compensation

by Tim Bishop on October 15, 2013

Just below the lowest point of the spine there is a bunch of nerve endings called the Caudia equina ( latin for ‘horse tail’). When these nerve fibres are squeezed caudia equina syndrome (CES) can result which can be triggered by a number of points, for example:

• The main disc experiences a prolapse

• Tearing of muscle and slashes on the skin that don’t heal very easily

• Fractures

• Surgery giving rise to infection

• Metastatic disease If CES isn’t clinically determined inside of a couple of days from the original squeezing of the nerve fibres, there can be overwhelming repercussions. Areas like the lower limbs are frequently damaged and bring about paralysis in sufferers for the remainder of their existence. The bladder, reproductive organs and bowels may also experience permanent harm. Medical Doctors now look at the very early detection of CES to be absolutely vital and when tests are positive to get handled as an immediate medical crisis.

The inability to diagnose CES promptly is usually a sufficient reason for medical professionals to be guilty of medical negligence [often referred to as clinical negligence] which means that victims of CES caused by medical negligence are likely to have a strong case to make healthcare compensation claims. To do so, a specialist medical negligence lawyer is going to be necessary.

When you are thinking of building a claim for medical negligence settlement, make sure that you appoint a specialist medical negligence lawyer, and ideally a person with experience of managing CES settlement claims. A seasoned legal professional will be able to give a primary view whether or otherwise there is a strong claim and exactly how much pay out you might be entitled to. Having hired the right lawyer they should obtain a medical record from an unbiased expert that will evaluate your overall health issue and determine whether or not it was due to professional negligence.

It must be borne in your mind by claimants that the pursuit of a medical negligence claim for the development of caudia equina syndrome could be highly emotional, and To maximise your chances of recovering possession you deserve, it is important you find a specialist lawyer.

The kind of damages which a negligence settlement can cover should include:

• Suffering of the Patient: caudia equina affliction patients might have experienced unbearable soreness and loss in bodily functions before they had been properly diagnosed in addition to throughout any course of therapies.

• Loss of Economic Activity: you could no longer be bodily able to work and with large future health-related as well as other expenses the amount of payment you need to be awarded should reflect this.

• The difficulty of dealing with daily life following diagnosis with CES and adjusting to your condition.

Obviously, in the event the consequences of medical negligence are just short-lived challenges as opposed to long term damage, the degree of settlement will vary but it’s still your right to receive that which you ought to have.

Tim Bishop is senior partner of Bonallack and Bishop – Lawyers with a specialist team of medical negligence experts. For more information about how to claim medical negligence compensation, visit their website at or phone their medical negligence lawyers directly on 0808 901 9069.

Tim Bishop
Having qualified as a Solicitor in 1986, Tim Bishop is a legal entrepreneur who owns leading law firm Bonallack & Bishop Solicitors. Find out why you should choose Bonallack & Bishop Solicitors: Visit
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