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A delay in diagnosing and treating cauda equina syndrome can lead to a worse outcome for the patient. 


Cauda Equina Syndrome is a neurologic condition caused by compression of nerve roots at the end of the spinal cord, known as the cauda equina. It is a serious condition requiring emergency treatment. If cauda equina syndrome is not promptly diagnosed and treated, a patient can suffer difficulty walking; paralysis; bladder or bowel control issues; sexual dysfunction; numbness in the anus, genitals, and buttock region; back or leg pain; and other physical and neurological problems. 

Although cauda equina syndrome is rare, physicians and healthcare providers are trained to recognize potential symptoms. If cauda equina syndrome is a potential diagnosis based on the patient’s presentation and history, the healthcare team should quickly order further tests, such as an MRI or CT scan, and surgery may be recommended. Any delay in diagnosing and treating cauda equina syndrome can lead to a worse outcome for the patient. 

Patients who have suffered due to the failures of their healthcare team to diagnose and treat cauda equina syndrome timely may be entitled to compensation for their medical expenses, financial losses, and physical and emotional trauma. Unfortunately, suffering patients often have to fight hospital systems and medical professionals for answers and compensation, and they deserve a reliable lawyer to lead that fight. 

The attorneys at Morris James have been fighting for victims of negligence since we opened our doors in 1932. Our skilled medical malpractice attorneys understand the law and strategies involved in medical malpractice claims, and how to get you the financial compensation you deserve.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by the failure of a medical provider to appropriately and timely diagnose cauda equina syndrome, our Failure to Diagnose Cauda Equina Syndrome FAQs may provide helpful information. Our medical malpractice lawyers are available to discuss your rights and options. Contact us online or call 302.655.2599 to find out more.






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