Failure to suspect and quickly treat Cauda Equina Syndrome


JMW has secured £75,000 in compensation for a woman who was repeatedly sent home from hospital despite having developed red flag symptoms for Cauda Equina Syndrome.  When she as finally admitted there was an unnecessary delay in treating her condition.

One morning Catherine woke up with numbness affecting her feet having suffered severe back pain for the previous weeks.  She went to A+E at hospital but was sent home after being prescribed painkillers.  Her condition worsen worsened and again she presented to an A+E Department at a different hospital only to be told to go home.

A few days later, she woke up with several typical features of Cauda Equina Syndrome including saddle numbness and impaired bladder function.  She went to hospital and was admitted. Unfortunately, there was a delay in carrying out surgery to decompress the disc which had compressed her cauda equina nerves.

Catherine now suffers from neuropathic pain and ongoing numbness.  Her permanent disability has left her needing extra help around the house.

The case settled and she received a total of £75,000.00 in compensation.


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