Cauda Equina is a neurological condition which affects the nerves at the base of the spine or the Cauda Equina nerves. It is a condition that healthy adults can get. The red flag symptoms, such as problems with bowel movements, difficulty urinating, numbness in the groin area and sciatica in both legs, are symptoms that should be recognised by a GP or a doctor in the A&E department.
The important thing about Cauda Equina is, if you start having this nerve route impingement, it has to be relieved very quickly and if it isn’t, then symptoms such as bowel and bladder problems or more significant neurological symptoms, like paralysis, can become permanent.
There are about 100 cases of Cauda Equina every year and approximately about 10% of these cases receive sub-standard medical treatment because there’s a delay in referring the patient to hospital or delays in performing the neurological surgery that is necessary. As a consequence of this, these patients will be in a worse position than they would have been if they had received the proper treatment, and would be entitled to make a medical negligence claim.
There is no cure once the Cauda Equina nerves have been impinged, but the purpose of neurological surgery is to relieve the impingement, to take the pressure off those nerves, and most people can get most of their function back if they are subject to neurological surgery quickly.
If your GP doesn’t recognise that you have these symptoms but you know you have them, you should go to the A&E department yourself. If you think that your GP or A&E department has failed to refer you to a neurosurgeon promptly or you’ve undergone neuro surgery but you’ve not made a good recovery, then you may well have a medical negligence claim.
At Your Legal Friend we recognise that bringing a medical negligence claim is an emotional process, so we will do our best to ensure that you receive the compensation you are entitled to and do so as swiftly as possible, so that you can get on with your life.