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A guide to making a No Win No Fee cauda equina syndrome claim

Cauda equina syndrome (CES) is considered to be a surgical emergency. Compression of the nerves in the spinal cord can cause irreversible damage if not treated immediately.

Cauda equina syndrome can develop very quickly. Because the condition is so rare, it is often misdiagnosed as regular back pain. Misdiagnosis can cause the condition to worsen, resulting in irreversible damage. CES must be treated within 24 to 48 hours.

Causes of the condition

A range of spine and back-related injuries and conditions can cause cauda equina syndrome to develop. A medical negligence claim can arise in circumstances where the syndrome was misdiagnosed but a reasonably able medical professional would have made a correct diagnosis.

Injuries and conditions that can lead to CES include:

  • Traumatic injury
  • Disk herniation
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal trauma
  • Inflammatory conditions
  • Infectious conditions

CES as a result of medical negligence

If the syndrome was bought on or worsened as a result of misdiagnosis, you may have grounds to make a claim.

The Cauda Equina nerves at the base of the spinal cord are involved in the activity of the lower limbs and pelvic function. If the problem is not treated immediately, it can lead to bowel and bladder dysfunction, sensory issues and paralysis.

How much can you claim for Cauda Equina Syndrome?

CES claims have been made where the Claimant was awarded compensation of over £800,000. In one case, the compensation was partly used to provide suitably adapted ground-floor housing for the injured Claimant, who was no longer able to use stairs.

No Win, No Fee cauda equina syndrome claims explained

No Win, No Fee cauda equina syndrome compensation claims begin after the Claimant agrees a "CFA", or Conditional Fee Agreement, with their solicitor.

The agreement explains the service your case handler will deliver and, most significantly, a "success fee" that will be deducted from your compensation award when the claim is successful.

Working with a Quittance personal injury solicitor, you will be able to focus on your recovery, with the knowledge that that there will be absolutely nothing to pay at the outset.

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