One of the toughest questions you may ask yourself is, Do I have a Cauda Equina Syndrome Lawsuit?
Our New York Medical Malpractice lawyers represent clients who have suffered spinal cord injuries and nerve injuries involving Cauda equina Syndrome.
A spinal cord injury called cauda equina syndrome is less common than a typical spinal cord injury or nerve injury. Cauda equina syndrome is often misdiagnosed or diagnosed untimely leading to serious injuries and permanency. This does not have to happen and, many times, permanent paralysis could have been avoided.
Read below to learn more about this devastating condition known as Cauda equina syndrome.
Cauda equina syndrome is a nerve injury that arises in the lower end of the spinal cord. “Cauda equina” is named so because it is Latin for “horse’s tail”. The cluster of nerves at the end of the spinal cord resembles a horse’s tail, hence the Latin name. The nerves roots at the end of the spinal cord provide motor and sensory function to the legs, bowels and bladder. Most simply, cauda equina syndrome is damage to these nerve roots, which is often, but not always, associated with herniated lower lumbar discs and other lower back injuries and creates physical havoc on the patient.
Cauda equina syndrome is a medical emergency situation. By the time symptoms develop to the point someone starts to complain, nerve damage has already occurred. Surgery is nearly always needed virtually immediately to avoid greater damage. Many times, people who suffer cauda equina have surgery and recover completely with the proper rehabilitation. However, the consequences can be very severe when there is a misdiagnosis that results in this surgery being delayed. Quite often, the patient is paralyzed from the waist down. .
Common symptoms of cauda equina syndrome include: Severe pain in lower back, buttocks, pelvic area, thighs, and legs, Weakness in legs, Loss of bladder and bowel control, Loss of sexual function.
If there is any chance a person may be experiencing cauda equina syndrome, that person should seek medical attention immediately. Because the risk of paralysis is significant, it is important that the patient disclose all symptoms and complaints to the doctor. .
Sometimes, however, even when a patient fully discloses all symptoms, doctors and hospitals fail to diagnose cauda equina or they fail to order necessary tests. Because a delay in the treatment of this condition can cause permanent and irreversible damage, a patient with this condition may have a medical malpractice case for the failure to timely diagnose and treat the condition.
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