Cauda Equina Syndrome can cause severe and permanent complications without a quick and proper diagnosis. Because it requires surgery to prevent further injuries, it is important to receive timely diagnosis and treatment. However, not all medical professionals have experience with the syndrome, resulting in negligence and misdiagnosis.
It is important in the case of misdiagnosis and medical negligence with this syndrome that you consult the help if an attorney. Lisa Levine is an expert in Medical Malpractice law and specializes in Cauda Equia syndrome cases. She has over 20 years of experience and can fight for you with your claim.
Equina Injury Victim
What Causes Cauda Equina Syndrome Injuries?
Most Cauda Equina Syndrome injuries are caused by misdiagnosis. In the beginning, the syndrome presents symptoms that are treatable with proper diagnosis. However, if left undiagnosed, nerve injury and damage can occur. It is the nerve damage that causes long-term or permanent injuries from the syndrome.
Surgery is necessary to prevent permanent or long-term injuries from the syndrome. The injuries related to untreated Cauda Equina Syndrome include:
- Permanent severe paint, discomfort and mobility issues
- Permanent loss of feeling in extremities, such as the feet
- Loss of bowel control or incontinence
- A need for permanent catheters or enemas
- Sexual dysfunction
Treatment and management of these injuries and complications can be stressful and costly.
How Does a Cauda Equina Syndrome Misdiagnosis Happen?
For a syndrome that can cause so many severe permanent issues, one has to wonder how it could possibly be misdiagnoses. When symptoms of Cauda Equina Syndrome first present themselves, they normally begin as severe back pain or bladder issues. A medical professional’s first thought may not be Cauda Equina Syndrome, but instead some other conditions which have similar symptoms, such as:
- Kidney infections
- Urinary tract infections
- Herniated disks
- Other nerve disorders
If the doctor does not suspect Cauda Equina Syndrome and delays in testing, diagnosis and treatment, the syndrome can quickly progress into permanent complications. It is imperative the syndrome be diagnosed and for surgery to be performed as soon as possible. An MRI can easily detect the syndrome and alert doctors to the need for prompt medical treatment.
What Can I Do if I Have Been Misdiagnosed?
Unfortunately, permanent injuries as the result of Cauda Equina Syndrome misdiagnosis are almost always irreversible. This results in various medical expenses, the inability to work, and pain and suffering. But in these cases, help is available. An attorney with experience in medical negligence and medical malpractice can help you receive compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of earnings
- Other damages
Cauda Equina Syndrome misdiagnosis can leave sufferers in pain and unable to live a normal life, with the burden of medical expenses and the inability to earn income for their selves. Medical professionals and facilities who do not properly or timely diagnose this syndrome should be held accountable for the injuries caused.
If you or a loved one suffers severe and permanent injuries for misdiagnosed CES, call Cauda Equina Syndrome attorney Lisa Levine toll-free at 855-551-8060 or fill out the contact form online for a free consultation.
Recent Results in Cauda Equina Cases
Jane Doe v. Orthopedic Surgeon and Hospital – $1,000,000.00
A 63-year- old woman who went into the hospital for a laminectomy immediately presented with symptoms including incontinence, bowel and sexual dysfunction after surgery. She was discharged 4 days later with a foli catheter and returned two days later because of the symptoms that included a deficit in her ability to walk. She was diagnosed with cauda equina syndrome (CES) and operated on to remove a hematoma that had developed, but it was too late and all of her symptoms are permanent.
R.K. v. Hospital & University – $950,000.00
R.K. went to the emergency room showing symptoms associated with Cauda Equina Syndrome. R.K. was discharged with instructions for bed rest after an improper evaluation by a physician assistant student. During a later hospital admission, R.K. was immediately diagnosed with Cauda Equina Syndrome and had emergency surgery. Unfortunately, because of the delayed diagnosis and treatment, the R.K. now suffers from permanent injuries associated with CES.