Howells have successfully obtained a six-figure sum for a client who suffered injuries from a delay in diagnosis and treatment of Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES). CES is a rare disorder where something compresses on the spinal nerve roots. These nerves are located at the lower end of the spinal cord in the spine. They send and receive messages to and from your legs, feet, and pelvic organs.
On 1 March 2010 our client attended the Accident & Emergency (A&E) Department at the Northern General Hospital (NGH) complaining of severe back pain. He was diagnosed with a suspected musculo-skeletal condition when in fact he had developed CES. He was sent home where his condition deteriorated until he was eventually diagnosed on 4 March 2010. He underwent major spinal surgery and spent 6 weeks in hospital.
We argued that there was a negligent delay in the diagnosis of our client’s condition. The negligence treatment was based on the deficient examination, the lack of specialist input and the inadequate history-taking.
The Defendant admitted that our client should not have been sent home and that he should have been investigated further.
A six-figure sum was successfully agreed which significantly assisted our client who remained severely disabled and in need of substantial levels of care and personal support.
Our client commented:
‘We would like to express our gratitude and thanks to Howell’s solicitors. We are extremely impressed with their thorough and in depth knowledge of our case. Your expertise and friendly service has helped us to get through the last 7 years. We are delighted with the service we have received and over the moon with the outcome of the claim. We can now look forwards to a brighter future.’
If you or someone you know has suffered from medical negligence and would like further information on making a medical negligence claim, please contact us at [email protected] or 0114 249 6666.