Cauda Equina Syndrome Compensation Claims

Cauda equina syndrome can be an extremely distressing and challenging condition. If you believe your cauda equina syndrome was caused by negligence, or if poor or delayed care exacerbated any complications associated with it, JMW could help you make a claim.

We have an unrivalled reputation as specialists in cauda equina syndrome claims and we will fight to help you secure the compensation to which you are entitled. If you were diagnosed with the condition in the last three years and think you may be able to make a claim, get in touch.

Speak to our team by completing the form on the right or by calling us on 0345 241 6389.

What is Cauda Equina Syndrome?


  1. For what can compensation be awarded?

    Compensation for mishandled cases of CES is often considerable, and can result from:

    • Failure to diagnose
    • Failure to treat
    • Inadequate or negligent surgery
    • Failure to recognise post-op complications
  2. What are the symptoms of cauda equina?

    The symptoms of CES include:

    • Lower back pain
    • Acute or chronic radiating pain
    • Numbness in the perineal area

    Red flag symptoms that should be urgently investigated include:

    • Altered Bladder and bowel function
    • Sexual dysfunction
    • Numbness in the saddle area and legs

    CES can be difficult to diagnose because symptoms vary in intensity and sometimes evolve slowly over time. However, surgical intervention is often necessary to avoid permanent nerve damage.

  3. What impact can cauda equina syndrome have on relationships?

    Perhaps one of the lesser discussed impacts of cauda equina is the strain it can put on relationships. Because the cauda equina nerves at the base of the spine control sexual function, if they become permanently damaged, this function can be lost forever. This can cause enormous emotional damage for sufferers, and when combined with the fact that partners often become carers, many relationships crumble under the pressure.

Case Study: Repeated Delay in Treating Spinal Cord Injury

‘Chris’ had his life completely devastated after a misdiagnosis of serious neurological condition cauda equina syndrome.

Chris’ life was completely devastated and he could no longer work and required assistance with many aspects of daily living. He contacted Eddie Jones, a specialist cauda equina syndrome solicitor at JMW for advice, who took on his case and found appalling failures in the recognition and treatment of Chris’ cauda equina syndrome.

Eddie was successful in obtaining £9.3 million in compensation for Chris to cover the cost of care, specialist housing and financial security given he can no longer work. 

Settlement: £9.3 Million

Case Study: Repeated Delay in Treating Spinal Cord Injury

Heather (40) has been left with debilitating and permanent pain, leg weakness, loss of sexual sensation, urinary and bowel problems after the Red Flag signs of a spinal cord problem were not treated appropriately.

Eddie Jones, Head of Medical Negligence at JMW took on Heather’s case and secured her £4.37 million in compensation to address Heather’s ongoing situation.

Heather was not somebody who had been troubled with back pain in the past. One morning when Heather was cleaning up after her dog she experienced a sudden pain in her back radiating into her left leg. She contacted her GP Surgery and later was seen by her family Doctor who thought she was suffering from Cauda Equina Syndrome.

When the Doctors at King’s College Hospital saw the scans and discussed Heather’s case they decided that she did not need immediate transfer and Heather was left at her local Hospital, her condition deteriorating for the next 3 days.

Settlement: £4.37 Million

How We've Helped - Ginny's Story

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It is essential to have a solicitor experienced in this field of medical negligence law because these cases are often strongly contested. It takes the skill of a specialist solicitor to recover the maximum amount of compensation which can be in the millions of pounds.

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