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What is Cauda Equina Syndrome?
The nerves at the base of the spine are known as the Cauda Equina and provide sensory and motor functions to the lower limbs, bladder, bowel, genitals and rectum.
When the Cauda Equina becomes damaged as a result of a lower back condition, urgent surgery will be required to relieve the pressure before nerve damage takes hold and is permanent.
Immediate diagnosis and treatment of Cauda Equina Syndrome is paramount to the success of the treatment. If you consider that there was a delay in implementing treatment, then you may be eligible to bring about a claim for compensation.
Who Can Bring About A Claim?
The affected patient can bring about a claim within three years of the date the diagnosis was made.
How Long Will My Case Take To Run?
Clinical Negligence cases can take over eighteen months to run, as we have to obtain copies of your GP and medical records before obtaining a report from an independent medical professional. We will provide you with regular updates on the progress of your case to ensure that you are kept up to speed.
Why use Oakwood Solicitors?
We have a dedicated team of solicitors and paralegals who have many years’ experience between them in running cases of this nature. They are highly trained to deal with all aspects of clinical negligence.
We want to ensure that clients are not overwhelmed by legal jargon or medical terms they don’t understand, and to allow the claims procedure to be as transparent as possible.
How Is My Case Funded?
The majority of Clinical Negligence cases are funded by a Conditional Fee Agreement, more commonly known as a ‘no-win, no fee’ agreement. This means that there will be nothing to pay upfront and nothing to pay if the claim has been lost. If you are successful in your claim, a deduction of 25% of damages will be taken to cover the success fee and the shortfall in legal fees.
It may also be the case that an After The Event (ATE) insurance policy will be obtained to cover the costs of expensive medical reports and investigations. If an ATE insurance policy has to be obtained the cost of the same will be discussed with you at the appropriate point.
The cost of the ATE insurance policy is again taken from your damages and only payable if you are successful with your claim.
WHAT TO DO NEXT
For further information about medical negligence or misdiagnosis relating to Cauda Equina Syndrome, get in touch today for a free initial consultation. Choose one of the methods on the right-hand side of this page, or call us on 0113 200 9787 to find out how we can help you.