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Medical Negligence

Cauda Equina Syndrome

We know that cauda equina syndrome is a devastating condition. If you think that you may be suffering from the condition because of negligent or delayed surgery, then we can help you.

What does cauda equina mean?

Cauda equina actually means ‘horse’s tail’ in Latin and relates to the bundle of nerves at the bottom of the spinal column that gives movement and feeling to the pelvic organs and lower limbs. 

What is cauda equina syndrome?

Cauda equina syndrome is caused by nerve damage. These nerves are very sensitive and if they become trapped or compressed for some time then it can cause permanent damage, affecting movement and sensation in the areas described above.

Symptoms of cauda equina syndrome that you may be experiencing include:

  • severe lower back pain
  • neuropathic lower limb pain
  • leg muscle weakness
  • tingling/numbness in the saddle area
  • bladder and/or bowel disturbance e.g. loss of sensation, leaking urine
  • loss of sexual function

Can I bring a claim for medical negligence?

Cauda Equina Syndrome is a rare condition and it can be caused without negligence - for example by a tumour or trauma. But it can also be due to negligent or delayed surgery. Often claims are brought due to the delay in diagnosis through an MRI scan or delay in treatment to surgically release the compressed nerves. All too often the “red flag” earning warning signs are missed and temporary symptoms can become permanent.

Why choose Tozers?

We’re on the legal panel for the Cauda Equina Syndrome Association in recognition of our expertise in this area. The experience we have in cauda equina syndrome claims means we understand the current legal, medical and practical issues. We also have access to the leading experts and Barristers to make sure that we achieve the best possible outcome for you.

We understand that day-to-day life with cauda equina syndrome can be very hard. You may need care and assistance with ‘normal’ activities, be forced to give up your employment and be unable to lead a full and active life. If you have cauda equina syndrome and need practical help and support, please contact the Cauda Equina Syndrome Association helpline on 03335 777 113. 

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