Living with (CES) is a life-altering experience, a journey filled with uncertainties and challenges. It’s a path you should never have to walk alone, especially if your condition was caused by medical negligence.
At Switalskis, we understand the gravity of your situation and the profound impact has on your life. Our goal is to provide you with much-needed guidance and professional support as you walk this difficult path. With years of experience in handling claims, we stand firm as your committed partner in seeking justice and compensation.
We realise that no amount of money can truly compensate for the pain and suffering you've experienced. However, securing a cauda equina compensation claim can help ease the financial burden brought about by medical expenses, ongoing treatment costs, lost wages, and other associated expenses. It can also bring about a sense of closure and recognition of the ordeal you've been through.
Making a claim can be complex and emotionally demanding. But when you choose Switalskis as your legal partner, we shoulder the burden, guiding you through each step of the claim process with diligence and sensitivity.
From the initial consultation to the negotiation or litigation process, we handle every aspect of your cauda equina negligence claim. We’ll use all of our skills and resources to gather evidence, consult with medical experts, assess the full extent of your damages, and build a robust case for compensation.
We believe that financial constraints shouldn’t prevent anyone from seeking justice. That’s why we offer no win, no fee services, ensuring you can pursue your cauda equina compensation claim without worrying about upfront legal costs.
We understand that a legal claim is just one part of your journey. You're dealing with emotional, physical and financial challenges, and our team is prepared to support you through these with the utmost empathy. At Switalskis, you're not just another case - you're a person in need of understanding, care and support.
is a serious and potentially life-altering medical condition that needs immediate attention and treatment. The term 'cauda equina' translates to 'horse's tail', and describes the bundle of nerve roots located at the base of the spinal cord. These nerve roots send and receive messages to and from your legs, feet and pelvic organs.
CES happens when these nerve roots in the spinal canal are severely compressed, often due to a large disc herniation, spinal stenosis, a tumour, or a traumatic injury such as a fracture. This stops the nerves from functioning normally, leading to a range of symptoms that can significantly affect a person's quality of life.
Typical cauda equina symptoms may include severe lower back pain, numbness or weakness in the legs, sexual dysfunction, and loss of bladder or bowel control, often termed 'saddle anaesthesia'. It's important to note that CES is a medical emergency. Prompt diagnosis and treatment can make a significant difference in preventing permanent damage, such as paralysis or incontinence.
Being diagnosed with can be a frightening and confusing experience. If you believe that your CES wasn’t treated promptly or appropriately due to medical negligence, you may have grounds for a cauda equina compensation claim. At Switalskis, we're here to provide expert legal guidance and support through this challenging time.
is usually caused by a severe compression of the cauda equina nerves. This compression can be triggered by several circumstances, including:
In rare cases, infections or surgical complications may result in CES. Timely identification and treatment of these conditions are vital to prevent long-term complications of CES. Medical professionals have a responsibility to make sure care is prompt and adequate. Should there be a failure to do so, it may be categorised as negligence and give grounds for a compensation claim.
Diagnosing CES promptly and accurately is vital to prevent long-term complications and improve the patient's outcome.
The first step is a thorough medical history and physical examination. The healthcare professional will ask questions about your symptoms, their onset and any contributing factors. This helps them establish a detailed understanding of the situation. In the physical exam, the doctor will check for muscle weakness, sensory changes and signs of bladder or bowel dysfunction, among other things.
If the healthcare professional suspects CES based on your history and physical examination, they will order imaging tests to confirm the diagnosis. The most commonly used imaging test for diagnosing CES is (MRI). This advanced imaging technique can provide detailed pictures of the spinal cord and surrounding structures, allowing doctors to identify any compression on the cauda equina nerves.
Other diagnostic tests may be performed depending on your symptoms and clinical situation. For example, a test can help evaluate the function of the bladder and sphincter muscles.
Treating CES is a matter of urgency and usually needs immediate surgery. The aim is to ease the pressure on the nerves at the base of the spine to prevent permanent damage and improve the chances of a full recovery.
It's important to know that the speed at which this condition is diagnosed and treated significantly impacts the outcome. Quick diagnosis and immediate surgery, often within 48 hours from the onset of symptoms, can make a significant difference to the individual's quality of life.
However, the journey doesn't end with surgery. Post-operative care is also vital and may include physical therapy, occupational therapy and other supportive treatments designed to aid recovery and enhance the individual's independence and mobility.
Unfortunately, where there is a delay in diagnosis or a failure to treat cauda equina syndrome, irreversible damage can happen, leading to long-term complications.
Navigating the process of making a cauda equina claim can seem daunting, especially while dealing with the emotional and physical impacts of the condition. Switalskis is here to support and guide you through every step of this process.
At Switalskis, we understand that every client's situation is unique. We strive to make this journey as straightforward as possible for you, explaining complex legal terminology in simple, clear language, so you understand and are comfortable with every step of the process.
If you feel that medical negligence resulted in you or a loved one developing cauda equina syndrome, it's important to take that first step towards justice. Switalskis is here to guide you through the process, providing expert advice, emotional support and strong representation.
Contact Switalskis today by calling 0800 1380 458 or get in touch with us through the website to discuss your concerns in confidence with a legal specialist.