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£3.4 million secured for delayed diagnosis and treatment of cauda equina syndrome

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    Paul Rumley acted for a 35 year old man who experienced a delay in diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome. At about 8.00am on 10 April 2009, our client injured his back at work, and went on to develop increasing pain and …

    By Edward Wootton

Paul Rumley acted for a 35 year old man who experienced a delay in diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome. At about 8.00am on 10 April 2009, our client injured his back at work, and went on to develop increasing pain and neurological symptoms. He was in fact in the early stages of a progressive cauda equina syndrome. At 00.15 hours on 11 April 2009, our client was seen in the Accident and Emergency Department at Stoke Mandeville Hospital where the clinicians negligently failed to diagnose the condition and sent him home.

On 12 April 2009, our client returned to the hospital where, in the face of deteriorating neurological symptoms, the correct diagnosis was finally made. At 03.00 hours on 13 April 2009, he underwent emergency decompression surgery for a large central and right paracentral disc prolapse. The Defendant eventually agreed that our client should have been operated upon by no later than 12 noon on 11 April 2009.

As a result of the delay in diagnosis and treatment our client suffers from low back pain, pain and weakness in the legs and impaired balance and gait, urinary dysfunction, bowel dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, psychiatric symptoms, weight gain (including a need for bariatric surgery) and pressure sores. In addition his life expectancy was reduced by seven years once successful bariatric surgery was factored in. He requires care and assistance, an adapted property, equipment, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, CBT and ongoing medical review. He is unlikely to be able to return to gainful employment.

Our client received compensation of £3.4 million. The compensation payment will allow him to purchase and adapt a suitable property. It will also pay for his ongoing specialist care, therapies and assistance for the rest of his life, providing him with security.

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