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Case Study: Repeated Delay in Treating Spinal Cord Injury
Compensation: £4.37 Million
JMW has helped a woman secure £4.37 million compensation after medical professionals failed to investigate and properly treat suspect cauda equina syndrome.
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.
Sudden Back Pain
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. The Doctor was so concerned that he put Heather in his own car and drove her to the local Emergency Department at the Kent & Sussex Hospital. That evening a Junior Doctor considered Heather had Red Flags for Cauda Equina Syndrome and decided she needed an urgent MRI Scan. However, when a more senior Doctor reviewed Heather’s case he decided the scan could be put off until the following morning.
Heather had her scan the next day and it was then decided to contact the nearest Neurosurgical Unit at King’s College Hospital in order to arrange for Heather to have the surgery.
3 day delay
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.
Eventually King’s College Hospital accepted Heather for admission and she underwent surgery to decompress her spine. Unfortunately, as a result of the delay, Heather has been left seriously disabled. She developed permanent effects of spinal cord compression. The surgery was left too late to prevent permanent and severe mobility problems, leg weakness, urinary incontinence and chronic pain. If King’s College Hospital had accepted her for urgent Hospital treatment as it ought to have done, then Heather would have had prompt surgery and her disabilities largely would have been avoided.
After contacting JMW for advice Heather’s case was taken on by Spinal Injuries specialist, Eddie Jones, who obtained £4.37 million in compensation.
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