When you go to the doctor for treatment, you have every right to expect competent and thorough care. Unfortunately, if a medical team acts negligently, carelessly, or makes any key mistakes, it could drastically affect the life of the patient.
Cauda Equina Syndrome is a serious and rare medical condition that affects the spinal nerve roots at the base of the spine. This condition can be extremely damaging and worsens over time, which is why doctors must respond to any potential case of Cauda Equina quickly. If medical professionals fail to timely diagnose or treat this condition, the patient could suffer paralysis, severe pain, and other serious side effects.
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If you suffered from Cauda Equina Syndrome and your doctor failed to provide you with competent care, you could have a viable medical malpractice claim. Our experienced attorneys at Wagner Reese are passionate about fighting for victim’s rights and we have ample experience taking on big hospitals and medical professionals in medical malpractice cases.
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How is Cauda Equina Syndrome Caused?
Cauda Equina Syndrome can occur when the spinal nerve roots are compressed. These nerves are located at the lower end of the spinal cord, and when compressed, they can have a major impact on the functionality of the lower portion of the body.
This condition can occur as a result of lumbar disc herniation, the growth of tumors near the base of the spine, birth abnormalities, spinal hemorrhages, and other localized infections and conditions that impact the lower spine. It is also possible for Cauda Equina to develop because of medical negligence.
Common symptoms of Cauda Equina Syndrome include:
- Loss of sensation in the buttocks and genital region
- Numbness in the legs and lower extremities
- Severe lower back pain
- Sudden and worsening bladder control problems
- Weakness in the legs and pelvis
If a doctor makes a surgical mistake when operating near spinal nerve roots or while administering spinal anesthesia, he or she can ultimately cause the development of Cauda Equina. Violent injuries to the spine, such as car accidents, can also cause this condition to develop.
Do I Have a Medical Malpractice Case?
Due to the rarity of Cauda Equina cases, many patients are misdiagnosed, which leads to a delay in necessary treatment. If patients with Cauda Equina do not receive immediate treatment, their symptoms will most likely worsen, and the chances of long-term damage can certainly increase.
If you have Cauda Equina Syndrome and your doctor failed to diagnose you, misdiagnosed you, or failed to provide timely care, your condition could have worsened, putting you at risk of life-long side effects. If left untreated for too long, Cauda Equina can worsen and may lead to permanent paralysis and sexual dysfunction.
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