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BBC report on Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES)
Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) is, in many cases an avoidable condition. As this BBC article explains, it is a devastating condition yet despite this suffers are often left unsupported by the NHS and struggle to cope with their disability, reliant entirely upon family members and voluntary organisations such as the Cauda Equina Syndrome Association.
Our clinical negligence team specialise in CES claims and hear how the impetus for bringing a claim for compensation is often the lack of an adequate explanation by the hospital as to what has happened and being abandoned by the NHS, with no follow up care. Bringing a claim for clinical negligence can lead to answers as to what went wrong and compensation which can pay for rehabilitation and support which is desperately needed. Our specialism in this area is recognised by being accredited to the legal advice panel of the Cauda Equina Syndrome Association.
We are really pleased that this little-known condition has been highlighted by the BBC, and hope that this publicity will help to raise awareness as to “red flag” symptoms, to promote quicker referrals and surgery. Further that by highlighting the current woefully inadequate NHS treatment for sufferers, it will support the work of the CESA who strive to bring about better aftercare, which is desperately needed.
If you have cauda equina syndrome and need practical help and support please contact the Cauda Equina Syndrome Association helpline on 03335 777 113.