Delayed Diagnosis of Cauda Equina Syndrome Results In Six Figure Settlement

Posted By admin - 18th June 2020

Moosa-Duke Solicitors have negotiated a six figure settlement for a client (X) as a result of a delay in diagnosis of a life changing neurological condition, Cauda Equina Syndrome. 

X experienced symptoms of back and leg pain, difficulties in passing urine and saddle anaesthesia.  X attended their GP’s surgery and was given a referral letter to attend hospital. 

The GP correctly suspected Cauda Equina Syndrome as a diagnosis but failed to inform X that this condition was suspected and there was an immediate need to attend hospital. X had no means of arranging transport to attend hospital (40 minutes drive away) and the GP failed to arrange an ambulance. 

2 days later, X developed bladder and bowel incontinence.  X attended their GP’s surgery and saw the same GP who again failed to arrange an ambulance to take X to hospital.  Ultimately X travelled by bus to attend hospital. 

At hospital, following an MRI scan, Cauda Equina Syndrome was confirmed and emergency decompression surgery was performed the same day.

X is now left with bowel and bladder problems as well as sexual dysfunction.  X’s expert evidence was that but for the delay in diagnosis, X would have avoided these serious and life changing symptoms.

Liability was contested throughout by the GP’s representatives, but ultimately we were able to secure a significant settlement for X.

Moosa-Duke solicitors are specialists in Cauda Equina Syndrome cases. 

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