The Michigan medical malpractice lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire P.C. frequently represent clients who have suffered spinal cord injuries or nerve injuries. One less common type of spinal cord injury is cauda equina syndrome. This condition is very serious and requires emergency surgery to avoid permanent injuries and complications.
Cauda Equina Syndrome Medical Information
Cauda equina syndrome is a nerve injury that arises in the lower end of the spinal cord. "Cauda equina" is Latin for "horse's tail" and is named because the cluster of nerves at the end of the spinal cord resembles a horse's tail. The nerves roots at the end of the spinal cord provide motor and sensory function to the legs, bladder, and bowels. Most simply, cauda equina syndrome is damage to these nerve roots, which is often, but not always, associated with herniated lower lumbar discs and other lower back injuries.
Cauda equina syndrome is a medical emergency. By the time symptoms develop to the point someone starts to complain, nerve damage has already occurred. Surgery is nearly always needed to avoid greater damage. Many times, people who suffer cauda equina have surgery and recover completely, albeit after a rehabilitation period. However, the consequences can be very severe when there is a misdiagnosis that results in this surgery being delayed. Quite often, the patient is paralyzed from the waist down.
Cauda Equina Syndrome Signs & Symptoms
Common symptoms of cauda equina syndrome include:
- Severe pain in lower back, buttocks, pelvic area, thighs, and legs
- Weakness in leg(s)
- Loss of bladder and bowel control
- Loss of sexual function
Medical staff at hospitals and doctors are trained to suspect a diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome when a patient presents with some or all of these symptoms. The failure to diagnose and promplty treat the condition can give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Cauda Equina Syndrome Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
If there is any chance a person may be experiencing cauda equina syndrome, that person should seek medical attention immediately. Because the risk of paralysis and other complications is significant, doctors and hospitals must must do everything possible to avoid a misdiagnosis and properly diagnose the condition. Radiology testing, like a CT scan or MRI, should be used to confirm a diagnosis. If cauda equina syndrome is diagnosed, urgent surgery is required.
When doctors and hospitals fail to diagnose cauda equina syndrome when a patient presents with signs of the condition, it can give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit. These lawsuits seek settlements and compensation for pain and suffering, disability, loss of earnings, medical expenses, and other losses. The settlements are often significant because of the permanent harm done to the patient.
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Contact Our Michigan Cauda Equina Syndrome Lawyers
If you or a loved one has suffered from cauda equina and believe you were not adequately cared for by medical professionals, you may be able to file a lawsuit to recover compensation. There are strict time deadlines for filing medical malpractice lawsuits so it is important that you call us immediately to get started on your case.
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