Spinal Surgery Negligence

Spinal injuries can have devastating effects on an individual and his/her loved ones. Not only is the person’s mobility affected but it can result in mental anguish, financial loss, requirement for treatment and rehabilitation and the adaptation of one’s home.

The costs involved in adapting one’s life after such a debilitating injury can be very high. Our team of expert medical negligence lawyers can help investigate your concerns and recover compensation for any losses suffered.

Spinal injury can occur as a result of negligence where there has been surgical error, missed fractures of the neck and back, errors handling patients with neck and back injuries, misdiagnosis or a delayed diagnosis. It can also be caused by joint injections and caudal epidurals.

In cases where a diagnosis of Cauda Equina syndrome is delayed or mistreated, patients can suffer permanent paralysis, impaired bladder and bowel control, and a complete loss of sexual sensation.

Spinal Surgery Negligence


What is a Spinal Injury Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis?

A healthcare professional may fail to diagnose a spinal injury, or may delay making the correct diagnosis, which can lead to delayed treatment and worsening of the injury. This can be particularly problematic in cases of cauda equina syndrome (CES), which is a rare but serious condition caused by compression of the nerves at the base of the spine. CES requires urgent treatment, and a delay in diagnosis can result in permanent neurological damage.

What surgical errors can occur in a spinal injury?

Spinal surgery is complex and carries inherent risks. However, if a healthcare professional makes a mistake during surgery, such as operating on the wrong level of the spine or causing damage to the spinal cord or nerves, this may constitute a breach of their duty of care.

Can I make a claim for a Spinal Injury?

You can bring a claim for a spinal injury if some form of negligence has led to the injury. There are several ways in which healthcare professionals can breach their duty of care when treating patients with spinal injuries. This can include misdiagnosis, surgical errors, medication errors, failure to refer, and inadequate monitoring. In cases of cauda equina syndrome, prompt recognition and treatment are essential to prevent permanent neurological damage, and failure to do so may constitute a breach of the healthcare professional’s duty of care.

What is Cauda Equina Syndrome?

Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) is a particularly serious condition that can result in permanent paralysis and loss of sensation if not treated urgently. It is caused by the compression of the nerves at the base of the spinal cord, which can result in severe pain, loss of bowel and bladder function, and sexual dysfunction. Healthcare professionals have a duty to recognise the signs and symptoms of CES and to provide urgent treatment, which may include decompression surgery. Failure to diagnose and treat CES promptly can result in permanent neurological damage and may constitute a breach of the healthcare professional’s duty of care.

Is there a time limit for bringing a Spinal Injury Claim?

It is important to note that there are time limits for making clinical negligence claims. Generally, the Claimant must begin legal proceedings within three years of the date of the injury, or within three years of the date they became aware that the injury was caused by clinical negligence.

How can Waldrons help with a claim for a Spinal Injury?

If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal injury as a result of clinical negligence, it is important to seek legal advice to determine your options for pursuing a claim. Here at Waldrons Solicitors, we have an experienced team of lawyers who are dedicated to getting the best possible outcome for you. We aim to investigate any concerns and find out exactly what has happened, with the aid of leading medical experts. We will assist you in recovering the compensation you deserve.  As well as telephone consultations, we offer in-person meetings and home visits to make this experience as stress-free as possible.

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