Cauda Equina Syndrome is a rare neurological condition with symptoms including paralysis, impaired bladder or bowel control.
If not correctly diagnosed or treated quickly, the serious condition can cause permanent, life-changing paralysis.
Christian Finck, from the Sunshine Coast, Australia, was diagnosed on 14th September with Cauda Equina Syndrome after doctors discovered the tumour blocking fluid in his spinal cord and pressing on his nerves.
He is already experiencing severe symptoms and was advised that he could wake up any day and be paralysed.
Cauda Equina is an incredibly serious condition and if misdiagnosed or not treated early can have life-altering, lasting consequences.
What can cause Cauda Equina Syndrome?
- Trauma (i.e. car crash)
- Spinal stenosis
- Herniated disk
- Infectious conditions
- Surgical errors
Whatever the cause of Cauda Equina Syndrome, it can develop at an alarming rate and must be treated as a medical emergency. Any delay in treatment means more risk to a patients chances of a full recovery. According to the experts, the nerves must be decompressed within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms.
Symptoms can include:
- Lower back pain
- Sexual dysfunction
- Leg muscle weakness
- Poor leg reflexes
- Pain in one or both legs
When is it Medical Negligence?
If the signs of Cauda Equina Syndrome are present when you see your doctor or medical professional, or caused while in care, any failure to act upon them within 48 hours can amount to medical negligence as the damage may become permanent.
If you or a loved one has or is suffering from Cauda Equina Syndrome that should have been acted on earlier or was caused while in care, speak to our legal experts today about seeking the compensation you deserve.
Our medically qualified team of legal experts have over 25 years experience in winning cases of this nature.