The Danger Signs of Cauda Equina Syndrome

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Injury to a disc, or a herniated disc can be a hugely painful experience, which hinders daily activity. However, such an injury can also be dangerous as it risks serious nerve injury.

To the base of the spinal column is a fan of nerves known as the Cauda Equina. If crushed, for example in the case of an injury to a disc, the Cauda Equina can become damaged. If the damage is identified early enough however, it can be treated.  However if is not diagnosed promptly the damage can be permanent causing significant life-altering limitations such as back pain, leg weakness, bladder and bowel weakness and sexual disfunction.

Just as with the onset of a stroke, it is important that everyone knows the warning signs of injury and acts fast whenever they notice them.

Danger Signs of Damage to the Cauda Equina

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Saddle Anaesthesia

Any loss of feeling around the buttocks, anus and genitals

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Pain

Severe nerve pain in back and/or down one or both legs

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Incontinence

Bladder or Bowel incontinence or difficulty going to the toilet

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Numbness

Lack of sensation or weakness in the legs

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Emergency

All of the symptoms above could be a symptom of Cauda Equina – please contact your GP or A&E department immediately if you are experiencing them.

Without urgent treatment the damage can be permanent.

 

Jobling Gowler, are specialist Clinical Negligence solicitors who have extensive experience in handling complex and life debilitating injuries such as these. Gill Peate, is the Head of our Clinical Negligence team and was previously a Ward Sister. She therefore brings a wealth of unique medical insight to our nationally recommended team of legal professionals.

Previously, we have successfully acted for a number of clients who have suffered missed Cauda Equina injuries. Our senior partner, Simon Gowler, has a special interest in this area. Simon recently settled two of these types of claim, one of which achieved a seven-figure settlement, the largest recorded settlement of this type.

If you believe that you or a loved one may have suffered because of missed or delayed diagnosis, then please contact one of our specialist solicitors who will be happy to arrange an initial free consultation.  Please call today on 01625 614250 or complete the enquiries form below: