Cauda Equina Syndrome
South Florida: If you or a loved one has suffered paralysis or other serious permanent injures due to a doctor who failed to diagnose cauda equina syndrome in Florida or anywhere in the United States, you probably have a medical malpractice case. It’s best to contact a personal injury lawyer now because there are always limitations in how long you have to sue. Although we are located in Broward County Florida, we are available to serve you anywhere in the U.S. With a Florida Super lawyer* in our law firm who has practiced personal injury law for more than 36 years, we want to be able to help you or your family member with the medical malpractice case. Cauda equina cases can have tragic consequences. If the cauda equina syndrome is not timely recognized, the malpractice can result in paralysis, incontinence of bowel and bladder, and other major problems. Caude equina syndrome is a medical emergency! If not treated as such, and injury results, that is medical malpractice. Our personal injury law firm is ready to immediately review your case to see if medical malpractice occurred. Call us now for immediate assistance.
The American Association of Neurological Surgeons defines the cauda equina as a collection of nerves at the end of the spinal cord that resembles a horse’s tail. This bundle of nerves is responsible for sending and receiving messages to organs of the pelvic area and to the lower limbs of the body. When the nerves of the cauda equina are compressed, sensation is cut off to the lower half of the body and it is considered a medical emergency which requires immediate spinal surgery.
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, injuries to the cauda equina often result in permanent damage such as paralysis of the legs, impaired or loss of bladder control and/or bowel control, and loss of sexual sensation. It is the doctor’s responsibility to promptly recognize the symptoms and diagnose it before it’s too late. If there is a delay in diagnosis and treatment, it could result in paralysis and other permanent neurological injuries.
It’s important to be able to distinguish whether or not your cauda equina syndrome resulted from negligence. In addition to medical malpractice, the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center lists the following as causes of cauda equina syndrome:
- Spinal disk herniation
- Spinal tumors
- Spinal infections or inflammation
- Lumbar spinal stenosis which is compression of the vertebral canal
- Trauma or injury to the lower back
- Birth defects such as spina bifida
- Spinal arteriovenous malformations (AVMs)
- Spinal hemorrhaging
- Complications from spinal surgery
- Spinal anesthesia (epidural or spinal block)
If you or a loved one is paralyzed or having any complications resulting from cauda equina syndrome due to someone’s negligence, call our personal injury firm now at 1-877-853-7466 for your free consultation. Don’t wait another day! Call now!
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