Case Studies

Delay in operating on patient with suspected Cauda Equina Syndrome


A diagnosis of Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) can be confirmed only with an MRI scan and the condition needs urgent treatment to avoid permanent and severe damage. Our 30-year old client had suspected CES and was admitted to hospital for an MRI scan, but this was delayed by 10 hours.

Once the scan was done, the orthopaedic team realised he needed specialist neurosurgical care, for which he had to be transferred to another hospital. The transfer was delayed and when he finally arrived, surgery was further delayed.

Between them, the two hospitals had caused a delay of over 24 hours, leaving our client with symptoms affecting his urinary, bowel and sexual function for life.

We settled his claim for just under £750,000.


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