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Cauda Equina Claims

Cauda Equina Claims

Cauda Equina Syndrome is a medical emergency and needs to be treated urgently to avoid long-term irreparable neurological damage. It is caused due to compression of the nerves in the lower portion of the spinal canal. If it is left untreated, it can lead to permanent loss of bowel and bladder control, paralysis of the legs and paraesthesia. The longer the delay in referring a patient for treatment for Cauda Equina Syndrome, the less likely that he or she will make a full recovery.

If your doctor has failed to recognise the symptoms of Cauda Equina Syndrome and failed to refer you for emergency treatment, then it is possible that you have a claim for medical negligence.

Symptoms of Cauda Equina (often referred to as ‘red flags’) are:

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Low back pain
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Pain in one or both legs that starts in the buttocks and travels down the back of the thighs and legs (sciatica)
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Numbness or altered sensation in the groin area or if sitting
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Altered reflexes
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Incontinence
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Sexual disfunction
Decompression surgery is required to relieve the pressure on the spine. If a doctor misses the symptoms of cauda equina syndrome, then the consequences can be devastating for the patient.

Causes of Cauda Equina Syndrome:

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Trauma
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Herniated disk
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Spinal Stenosis
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Tumours
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Inflammatory conditions
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Infectious conditions (such as spinal epidural abscess)
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Medical Negligence
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Poorly positioned screws placed in the spine can compress and injure the nerves and cause cauda equina syndrome
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Continuous spinal anaesthesia has been linked to cauda equina syndrome
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Where a lumbar puncture causes a spinal epidural hematoma the collection of blood can compress the spine and cause cauda equina syndrome

Why choose Liston Flavin Solicitors?

Liston Flavin Solicitors are recognised as one of the best medical negligence firms to represent clients who suffered from cauda equina syndrome as a result of medical negligence or clients with spinal injury claims.

Types of Medical Negligence Claims

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Unfortunately, when something goes wrong or where negligence occurs, before, during or after childbirth, it can result in very serious physical and psychological injuries.

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Birth Injury to Baby Claims
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Stillbirth & Neonatal Deaths Claims
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Gynaecology Claims

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A&E Negligence Claims

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Dental Negligence Claims

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If the loss of a loved one was a result of a medical mistake or error, then you may be able to pursue a fatal claim on you and your family’s behalf.

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Cauda Equina Claims

Cauda Equina Syndrome is a medical emergency and needs to be treated urgently to avoid long-term irreparable neurological damage. If your doctor has failed to recognise the symptoms of Cauda Equina Syndrome and failed to refer you for emergency treatment, then it is possible that you have a claim for medical negligence.

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Surgical Injury Claims

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Spinal Injury Claims
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Defective Medical Device Claims
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Despite strict standards and rigorous testing of medical devices, sometimes products are defective and can cause serious personal injury. This may require a patient having to undergo further surgery to remove and replace the defective medical device.

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Nursing Home Claims

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If you have suffered from unnecessary illness or harm because of a delay in accessing the required medical care, then you may have a claim for medical negligence.

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GP Claims
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GP’s play an important role in ensuring that patients are assessed appropriately, prescribed the correct treatment, and referred on for specialist care without delay.

If a GP makes a mistake which causes a patient to suffer unnecessary pain and financial loss, it may be possible to pursue a claim for medical negligence.

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Cosmetic Surgery Claims
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For more information about how we can help you, please contact Rachael Liston or Clare Flavin on 01-9123240 or email info@listonflavin.ie