Medical Negligence : Misdiagnosis and Delayed Diagnosis : Cauda Equina Syndrome

Cauda Equina Syndrome

We understand that cauda equina syndrome can often result in life-changing physical and mental symptoms that could have been prevented. David Simpson, our cauda equina specialist, walks you through the process of starting a medical negligence claim in this video.


Cauda equina syndrome (CES) is a crippling back condition which affects the nerve roots of the spinal canal. It must be diagnosed and treated within 24-48 hours. Delays in treatment can have life-changing and irreversible effects: bladder and bowel weakness, sexual dysfunction and limb weakness.

Red Flag Symptoms

  • Pins and needles in both legs
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Bladder and bowel disturbance
  • Lower back pain
  • Sensory abnormality

Speed is absolutely critical in cauda equina syndrome (CES) cases. It is vital to get an MRI scan as quickly as possible.

You can claim compensation if the hospital or treating physician were negligent and failed to refer you in time, affecting the outcome of any required neurosurgery.

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Delays In Treatment

Immediate surgery may be required to relieve pressure on the nerves by removing blood, bone fragments or abnormal bone growth.

Radiotherapy is also an option if cauda equina has been caused by a tumour and surgery is medically impossible. 

Surgical errors or delays can result in significant claims and compensation. We have a cauda equina specialist, David Simpson, who is always on hand to support you.

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