- Solicitors For Business
- Solicitors For You
- About Us
- News & Events
Lumbar Laminectomy Claims
If you have undergone a lumbar laminectomy and are unhappy with the treatment you received, making a claim through the expert solicitors at JMW can help you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled. Our team will provide the support you need to make sure you are in the best position possible to win your case.
Call us for free today and we can answer your questions and guide you through what to expect next. We can further explain our services and how you will benefit from working alongside us. Simply call us on 0800 054 6512 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Lumbar laminectomy is a surgical procedure most often performed to treat leg pain caused by pressure on the spinal cord (or nerve) from herniated discs, spinal stenosis and other related conditions. Stenosis occurs as people age and the ligaments of the spine thicken and harden, discs bulge, bones and joints enlarge and bony spurs (osteophytes) form. Spondylolisthesis (the slipping of one vertebra onto another) can also lead to compression of the vertebral discs.
The goal of a laminectomy is to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerve by widening the spinal canal. This is done by removing or trimming the lamina (roof) of the vertebrae to create more room for the nerves. This may be done with or without fusing vertebrae or removing part of a disc. Various devices, such as screws or rods, may be used to obtain a solid fusion and support unstable areas of the spine.
The human spine extends from the skull to the pelvis and is made up of individual bones called vertebrae. These are stacked on top of one another and are grouped into four regions:
- Cervical (neck) - seven vertebrae
- Thoracic (chest area) - 12 vertebrae
- Lumbar (lower back) - five vertebrae
- Sacrum (pelvis area) - five fused vertebrae
The base of the spine, the coccyx (tailbone) includes partially fused vertebrae. The vertebrae are separated from one another by soft pads, called intervertebral discs, which allow the spine to bend and flex and also act as shock absorbers.
Throughout the length of the spine is a central tube, surrounded by bone and discs, called the spinal canal. Inside the canal is the spinal cord, which begins at the base of the brain and ends in the lumbar spine area in a bundle of nerves known as the cauda equina (it is said to resemble a horse's tail). A pair of spinal nerves branch out, right and left, at each vertebral level.
If you are unhappy with the treatment you have received, the results of the operation or believe the surgeon or hospital has been clinically or medically negligent, please contact our specialist clinical negligence team for confidential advice.
The clinical negligence team at JMW is here to guide you throughout the entire claims procedure, offering support from the beginning through to the end. We believe communication is key and will keep you updated of any developments.
If you believe that you or any member of your family have a potential claim, let us assess your case. We will look into the finer details of your situation and advise you on the best route to take. We take most cases on a no win, no fee basis. The JMW clinical negligence team, highly regarded throughout the UK, includes members of the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors' panel and members of the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence.