Cauda Equina Syndrome Compensation Claims

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Failure by healthcare professionals to diagnose cauda equina syndrome can have devastating, life-long consequences including severe pain and immobility. The syndrome is most commonly caused by a large herniated disk in the lower back, although other potential causes include spinal lesions and tumours, congenital abnormalities or traumatic injuries to the lower back caused by slips, trips, and falls, car accidents or criminal assault.

People with cauda equina syndrome may potentially have two separate grounds for bringing a compensation claim. Firstly, if the condition was caused by a traumatic injury to your lower back through no fault of your own, then you may have grounds to bring a claim against the person or organisation that caused your injury. Secondly, if doctors and medical staff have treated you on multiple occasions and failed to diagnose you with cauda equina syndrome, then you may have grounds to bring a claim against your healthcare provider for medical negligence.

Bringing a cauda equina syndrome compensation case in Ireland

You are very likely to have good grounds for bringing a compensation claim if you can prove the syndrome was caused by a third party or was not diagnosed or treated properly by medical staff. The amount of compensation you are likely to win will depend on how much pain, suffering, and loss of ability to perform normal activities you have experienced. The opinion of expert medical witnesses will also be central to your case.

Symptoms of CES that will likely be factored into your compensation award include the following:

  • Severe on-going pain
  • Socially unacceptable incontinence problems
  • Motor weakness and sensory loss
  • Paralysis or weakness of more than one nerve root that extends into the legs
  • Sexual dysfunction

However, proving cauda equina syndrome is the fault of a third party or due to medical negligence can be extremely difficult. As such, it’s advisable to seek advice from a qualified injury lawyer with experience bringing cases similar to those involving CES. At McCarthy + Co, we are specialists in this area of the law and we can help you to build your case, appoint expert medical witnesses, and secure the level of compensation that you deserve for this extremely debilitating condition.

About McCarthy + Co

With more than 30 years of experience in dealing with medical negligence claims, McCarthy + Co. has expertise in a wide variety of fields including traumatic injury and medical negligence cases. We are a family-run business, and we pride ourselves on offering honest, impartial and helpful advice.

Our offices are based in Dublin and Cork, but we work with clients throughout Ireland in locations ranging from Galway to Waterford. You can count on us for legal advice, guidance and assistance on any form of personal injury.

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Start Your Cauda Equina Syndrome Claim

If you or a member of your family has been diagnosed too late for cauda equina syndrome, experienced poor medical treatment in relation to this condition, or you feel you can prove this condition was caused by a negligent third party, get in touch with our specialist medical negligence solicitors today to make a start on your claim or gather more information. Call us on 1800 390 555 and an experienced member of staff will discuss your situation and potential next steps. You can also email on and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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