Do you have Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES)? Is your current condition the result of medical malpractice? Read more below about what CES is, and if your situation qualifies you or a loved one to compensation for medical negligence.
What is Cauda Equina Syndrome?
According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, CES happens when the nerve roots of the cauda equina -- a bundle of spinal nerves and spinal nerve rootlets interwoven throughout the lumbar region -- are compressed and negatively affect motor and sensory function to the lower body and the bladder. This is considered a medical emergency, as it can lead to incontinence and permanent paralysis.
Symptoms of Cauda Equina Syndrome
Emedicinehealth.com lists the symptoms of CES as such:
- Low back pain
- Pain in one or both legs that begins in the rear end and continues down the back of the thighs (also known as sciatica)
- Numbness in the groin or area of seated contact
- Bowel and/or bladder issues
- Lower extremity muscle weakness or numbness
- Reduced or absent lower extremity levels
Cauda Equina Syndrome: Medical Malpractice
It has been observed that a possible complication of spinal anesthesia is the emergence of CES, particularly in those who have undergone anticoagulation therapy. In fact, the FDA (for more information, see this medical journal link on spinal anesthesia).
CES can either be caused by medical malpractice, most claims come about due to a delay in the diagnosis of the syndrome. To prove a medical negligence claim, it needs to be shown that the treatment was not up to a reasonably acceptable standard under the law and that this lack of care resulted in an injury which would otherwise not have taken place.
Know Your Attorneys
Because these cases can be difficult, it is essential that you have an experienced medical malpractice legal team on your side. Time is of the essence in such cases, and you will need to provide your attorney with all relevant information as soon as possible so that they can proceed accordingly.
If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered as a result of medical negligence resulting in CES, contact us today for a free and confidential evaluation of your case.