Cauda Equina Syndrome Claims
Legal specialists in successful Cauda Equina Syndrome compensation cases
Day to day life with a spinal injury can be very hard. If you are suffering from cauda equina syndrome as a result of a missed diagnosis or delayed surgery, you may be able to claim compensation.
Our specialist cauda equina solicitors are here to make sure you get the best legal advice possible. Our aim is to secure maximum compensation, so you can support your future care needs for a better quality of life for you and your loved ones.
We know that making a claim can feel daunting. We're here to guide you through the process, usually on a no-win, no-fee basis.
What is cauda equina syndrome and when can you make a claim?
Red flag symptoms require urgent attention
Cauda equina syndrome is the compression of the spinal nerves and roots in the lower back that give movement and feeling to the pelvic organs and lower limbs.
It is considered a medical emergency. Certain symptoms should be 'red flags' and require urgent attention – treatment is often needed in a matter of hours, not days. If these are picked up and the nerve compression is relieved quickly, then a full recovery is possible.
Without timely care, these symptoms can become long-term or even permanent. This can have a huge impact on your life, depending on the amount of damage to the nerves.
The impact of delay in diagnosis or treatment
Cauda equina syndrome is rare and can occur with no medical negligence. But it can also be brought on by a delay in diagnosis or a delay in treatment. All too often the 'red flag' early warning signs are missed, with doctors mistaking the symptoms for back pain or other minor conditions.
If this has happened to you and you didn’t receive the correct medical attention, you may be able to file a claim. Our experienced solicitors have helped clients where:
- A medical professional didn't recognise the 'red flag' symptoms
- The patient showing symptoms was not sent for the correct tests
- The patient was not referred to a surgeon in time
Generally, claims should be made within three years from the date you suffered medical negligence (although there are exceptions, such as in the case of children where the three-year limit doesn't start until after their 18th birthday).
How our specialist cauda equina solicitors can help
We know that spinal cord injuries can be both traumatic and life-changing. If you are suffering with cauda equina syndrome, 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.
Making a claim can provide a financial settlement that enables you to put the right support in place to cope with these changes in your life.
We understand that the legal process can feel overwhelming but we do everything we can to make this as straightforward as possible for you. Our specialist solicitors have a strong track record in winning medical negligence cases and securing maximum compensation.
Our friendly and approachable team will:
- Talk to you about your situation in a free initial assessment - To establish a medical negligence claim, we will need to show that the care you received was substandard and that it caused you an injury. We can also direct you to additional support and advice for dealing with cauda equina syndrome.
- Discuss your options for funding the claim - There are various ways to do this, including Legal Aid or no-win, no-fee.
- Guide you through the process, with clear and honest advice - We explain everything carefully and answer your questions so you know what to expect at each stage, keeping you fully informed throughout.
- Identify and instruct the best medical experts and barristers - In the majority of cases, expert evidence will be needed to verify any allegations. We work closely with everyone involved to ensure the claim has the best chance of success.
Our cauda equina solicitors are recognised as experts in their field. We are members of the Cauda Equina Syndrome Association legal panel and have an in-depth understanding of the current legal, medical and practical issues in order to bring a successful claim.
We do everything we can to maximise the compensation you receive, so you and your family can look ahead to the future with more options available to you.
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How can Cauda Equina Syndrome compensation help you and your family?
Our starting point is that your financial settlement should significantly improve your day to day life, with funds to cover your medical and care needs. This can include making adaptations to your property, provision for extra care, obtaining specialist equipment, and any other areas that allow you to live as full a life as possible.
Making a claim can also be about recognising the impact this has had on your life and acknowledging what has been taken away from you. It can give you a chance to ask questions about what happened, ensure that lessons have been learnt, and provide some justice for your experience.
We offer sensitive and practical advice throughout the process, while working hard on your behalf to achieve the best outcome.
"When the meeting had finished, I said 'I think we're going to get somewhere now'. Tozers were doing all the right things to give the case the rightful outcome. You can't ask for any more than that. It was the human touch, as well as the professionalism."
Find out how we can help you
We're ready to help you make your compensation claim today. We provide practical support whether you have cauda equina syndrome or are unsure if you have a medical negligence case.