Failing To Diagnose Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) Can Result In Catastrophic Injuries
A severe ruptured disc in your lower spine can result in cauda equina syndrome (CES). Other causes of CES include complications involving a spinal injury such as fractures, hemorrhaging or inflammation following a car accident, scaffolding fall, spinal lesions from gunshot wounds, as well as:
- Spinal tumor
- Spinal cord infection
- A birth defect such as an abnormal connection between blood vessels
CES occurs as compression on the spinal nerve roots located in the lumbosacral spine called “cauda equina,” which interferes with normal lower body functions. The nerve roots, which resemble a horse’s tail, are critical messengers to the feet, pelvic region and legs. Left untreated, a misdiagnosis of severe lower back pain has resulted in permanent leg paralysis, irreversible incontinence and bowel functions, sexual dysfunction and other complications.
Malpractice Suits For Failing To Diagnose CES
CES is rare and requires prompt surgery. The team at The Law Offices of Patrick J. Filan P.C. has successfully handled malpractice cases in Connecticut and New York involving the failure to make a timely diagnosis of this rare syndrome. Malpractice cases are based on the failure to make a timely diagnosis and delays in implementing proper treatment. Responsible parties for diagnosing cauda equina syndrome may include:
- Emergency department physician and health care providers
- Attending physicians who fail to order proper tests such as CT scans and MRIs
- Radiologists who misread imaging studies such as CT scans or MRI’s
- Nurses who ignore patient complaints of severe lower back pain and numbness in legs
Attorney Filan will assist you with gathering your medical records to determine whether your health care provider put a proper diagnosis and treatment plan in place. Your medical history, a physical exam, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, computed tomography (CT) scan and high-tech x-rays of your spine will all become important elements to the success of your case.
Talk To An Experienced Cauda Equina Syndrome Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one has suffered the consequences of a failure to make a timely diagnosis of cauda equina or a delay in implementing proper treatment, let attorney Patrick J. Filan put his medical malpractice experience to work for you. Contact The Law Offices of Patrick J. Filan P.C. online or by calling 203-349-8074 for a free consultation.