Medical Malpractice: What is Cauda Equina Syndrome?

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With serious medical conditions, the swift action of a doctor can mean preventing a disaster or permanent damage. This can prevent that will negatively affect a person for the rest of their life. This certainly applies to Cauda Equina Syndrome, which when not treated immediately, can have devastating consequences. Delay in diagnosing and treating Cauda Equina Syndrome can give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit.

If you want to learn more about Cauda Equina Syndrome, why immediate action is vital, and what an experienced medical malpractice attorney can do to help, read more below.

What is Cauda Equina Syndrome?

Cauda Equina syndrome is a serious, rare medical condition where the bundle of nerves at the base of the spinal cord is squeezed or tight. It is typically the result of a herniated disc, trauma, cancer, and other factors. Symptoms can include lower back pain, numbness in the legs, saddle numbness, and loss of bladder or bowel control.

Why it is a surgical emergency

In many cases of Cauda Equina Syndrome, it’s crucial for patients to undergo emergency surgery. This is because if surgery isn’t done in time, the patient may risk suffering permanent to the nerve roots in the Cauda Equina.  When not attended to, it can also cause loss of bladder control or worse. People who experience bladder control loss or sensation in their lower body should seek immediate medical treatment.

The consequences if doctors do not act quickly

The Cauda Equina Foundation states a diagnosed patient must receive treatment within 48 hours of red flag symptoms, not from the diagnosis date. Swift action is critical, or else the patient could wind up with life-altering injuries. Doctors who do not act quickly or are dismissive can be liable for these consequences, which can include paralysis.

Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney

Like many cases of personal injury, it’s often best to hire an experienced medical malpractice attorney. An attorney knows the right questions to ask and how to get fair compensation. All in all, experiencing long-term effects is already difficult, so it’s best to seek an attorney to fight the legal battle.

If you or a loved one is suffering from Cauda Equina Syndrome and believe your doctor caused greater injury or harm by not acting quickly, please contact us. Our experienced team knows how to represent victims of medical negligence and will work tirelessly to win the compensation you deserve. Call us today to set up a free consultation.

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