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Cauda Equina Claims

We are medical negligence solicitors ready to help with Cauda Equina compensation.

Cauda equina syndrome is rare but can result in life-changing and permanent injuries. It occurs when the nerves at the base of the spinal cord are compressed. The nerves of the cauda equina are responsible for the supply of nerves to the bladder, bowels, lower limbs and sensation to the ‘saddle’ area.

There can be several causes of cauda equina syndrome, including trauma to the spine, an infection in the spinal canal, a tumour or a narrowing of the spinal canal. However, cauda equina syndrome is most often caused by a herniated disc in the lower spine (lumbar), causing compression of the nerves at the bottom of the spinal cord.

What are the symptoms?

The ‘red flag’ symptoms that could potentially indicate cauda equina syndrome are:

  • Severe lower back pain

  • Loss or altered sensation in the legs, buttocks, saddle region, backs of legs, or feet.

  • Loss of bladder and or bowel function

  • Sudden onset of sexual dysfunction

If the ‘red flag’ symptoms are ignored or misdiagnosed, the neurological effects can be devastating and permanent. Decompression surgery to relieve the pressure on the nerve needs to happen as soon as possible to avoid any further injury. If diagnosed and treated early, the symptoms of cauda equina can resolve, and patients can have a good prognosis. This is dependent upon the degree of compression and damage to the nerves. The longer the nerves are left compressed, the more damage is likely to have been caused. Therefore, the greater the delay in diagnosing and treating cauda equina syndrome, the worse the outcome is expected. If cauda equina syndrome is suspected, emergency admission to the hospital is critical.

When medical professionals fail to diagnose or delay in diagnosing cauda equina syndrome, it can leave a patient with permanent life-changing injuries. If you believe you have suffered due to delayed diagnosis or negligently treated cauda equina syndrome, you may be eligible to claim compensation.

Graystons are dedicated to each and every individual client we serve and take pride in our unique client-focused approach. Every client has a dedicated solicitor who will be on hand in person, on the phone, via email or video link. We work with our clients to ensure that the approach to their claim is what works best for them as an individual.

We are recognised as specialists in Clinical Negligence. Fully accredited members of the Association of Victims of Medical Accidents and the Law Society panel of clinical negligence specialists.

If you have suffered and would like advice from a specialist solicitor, please call us on 0151 645 0055 or contact us via the form below. Where we would be pleased to provide a free, no-obligation chat to discuss your options.


Richard Roberts
Associate Solicitor

Graystons provide a real difference to their clients, it has remained a small, compassionate collection of individuals that really care. 

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Our dedicated team provide professional representation and expert legal advice.

Graystons solicitors have the expertise to deal with all spinal injury claims caused as a result of medical negligence.


As a specialised niche firm that deals exclusively with medical negligence claims, Graystons has the ability to give your injury claim the attention it deserves.  By making a claim, we may be able to ensure the individual is compensated for the injury itself and also provide for the cost of future caring needs and any assistive technology the individual needs.  

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