Cauda Equina Syndrome

Cauda Equina Syndrome is a medical emergency which occurs when nerves in the lower spine become compressed.
Cauda Equina Syndrome is often caused by a herniated disc; a traumatic injury arising due to a road traffic accident, trip and fall; spinal lesions or tumours, spinal stenosis, infection, or due to a congenital condition.
Cauda Equina Syndrome requires urgent medical treatment. A delay in diagnosing and treating the condition by way of surgical decompression can result in permanent damage to include: paralysis, chronic pain and/or loss of bowel and bladder control.
If you presented to your doctors with any of the following ‘red flag symptoms for Cauda Equina Syndrome,’ but you were not urgently referred for further investigation and treatment, and you have subsequently suffered lasting injury, you may have a claim for medical negligence:

  • Persistent lower back pain
  • Numbness, or altered sensation, in the groin

  • Incontinence

  • Pain in the buttocks radiating down one, or both, leg(s)

  • Sexual dysfunction

Medical negligence in the context of Cauda Equina Syndrome can also arise in the following circumstances:
-Spinal surgery resulting in nerve compression
-Incorrect positioning of screws during spinal surgery resulting in nerve compression
-Failure to diagnose and treat a spinal abscess
-Lumbar puncture resulting in injury to the spine and nerve compression
-Mismanagement of degenerative disc disease in the spine
-Failure to properly interpret an MRI scan demonstrating signs of Cauda Equina Syndrome

If you believe that you have suffered injury due to failure to properly diagnose or treat symptoms of Cauda Equina Syndrome, contact Brigid to discuss your concerns. Brigid O’Donnell Solicitor is a native of Cashel, Tipperary. She established Brigid O’Donnell Solicitors, with offices in Clonmel, Tipperary and Cork city in August 2023. She represents clients who have suffered injuries due to accidents, or medical negligence, nationwide. She is happy to facilitate remote consultations or to meet with clients at a time and place convenient to you, outside of office hours if required.

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If you believe that you have suffered injury due to failure to properly diagnose or treat symptoms of Cauda Equina Syndrome, contact Brigid to discuss your concerns

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