Cauda equina syndrome (CES) is a rare and severe type of spinal stenosis where all of the nerves in the lower back suddenly become severely compressed. Trauma from accidents is the main cause of this condition, but there are also other factors that can lead to it. We understand the difficulties of this condition, and the hardships that can follow once diagnosed. That’s why it’s important to contact our personal injury experts as soon as possible to make sure you receive the appropriate guidance.

See below for more information, or call us free on 0808 164 0808 to get in touch about making a cauda equina claim.

About cauda equina syndrome

Cauda equine syndrome can lead to a range of problems including numbness in the skin surround the anus, not being able to urinate or control your bladder (urinary incontinence), and a loss of bowel control (bowel incontinence).

It is important that this condition is identified and treated quickly by medical experts as delays in treatment can lead to a permanent loss of bowel and bladder control. If you’re suffering as a result of a delayed cauda equina syndrome diagnosis, our clinical negligence team may be able to help you.

What causes cauda equine syndrome?

Cauda equina syndrome can be caused by:

  • a direct trauma or impact such as a fall or road traffic accident;
  • disc herniation;
  • trauma from catheters and high local anaesthetic concentrations around the cauda equina;
  • spinal tumour;
  • lumbar spinal stenosis, which occurs when the diameter of the spinal canal narrows. This could be the result of a degenerative process of the spine (such as osteoarthritis) or a development defect that is present at birth;
  • medical negligence.

Cauda equina compensation claims often arise because a delay in diagnosing it can lead to permanent loss of bowel and bladder control. Most medical experts agree that those with cauda equina syndrome must receive surgery within 48 hours of diagnosis. Other medical negligence claims arise due to negligence in managing other health conditions, such as a tumour, birth defect or the administration of anaesthetics.

Contact our cauda equina syndrome solicitors now

The lasting effects of traumatic accidents can be incredibly difficult, and we understand the emotional strain this can pose. That’s why our cauda equina solicitors will do their upmost to ensure you’re given full transparency throughout your case, and will be there to support you with the appropriate guidance and legal advice.

If you wish to make a claim for cauda equina syndrome compensation, you can speak with our personal injury or clinical negligence experts by calling 0808 164 0808. Or, you can request a call back and one of our specialists will call you at a time that suits.

If the matter is particularly sensitive and immediate assistance is required then we can arrange for one of our lawyers to meet you at the hospital or at home.

Disclaimer: You have three years from the date of injury, reasonable knowledge of injury or knowledge of mistreatment by a healthcare professional to bring a personal injury or medical negligence compensation claim. There are some exceptions to this rule; for instance where the matter involves a child in which case the child has three years from the date of their 18th birthday to bring a claim, therefore expiring on the individual’s 21st birthday. It is important to speak to a legal team as early as possible to avoid any issues with limitation dates.