Colin unfortunately suffered from Cauda Equina Syndrome on two occasions.
Colin woke early one morning with debilitating back and leg pain. Colin recognised the severity of the pain as being associated with Cauda Equina Syndrome, as he had been treated for the condition ten years before.
Colin had recovered from his previous Cauda Equina Syndrome although he had been left with some bladder symptoms. Colin therefore knew how important it was to obtain a quick diagnosis and undergo emergency surgery.
Colin attended his local Accident and Emergency department and informed staff that he was suffering with Cauda Equina Syndrome.
Colin knew that he needed an MRI scan and surgery within 48 hours from the onset of his symptoms however, he was informed that MRI scanning would not be available over the weekend. Colin was reassured that the staff knew what they were doing and was told to ‘calm down’.
Colin did not undergo an MRI scan until 55 hours after the onset of his symptoms, by this time, it was too late and Colin was to be left with permanent disabilities.
Once Colin underwent the MRI scan, he was immediately transferred for surgery at another hospital. The surgeon was experienced in treating Cauda Equina Syndrome and was surprised at the delay Colin experienced and drafted a letter to Colin’s local hospital, to highlight his concerns.
Colin underwent arduous rehabilitation for 10 weeks and made a complaint to his local hospital however, they responded to say that they were ‘not to blame’. Colin was annoyed and concerned at the hospital’s response.
Colin contacted Ian Sprakes, Head of the Clinical Negligence department at Bridge McFarland. Ian represented Colin to get the justice that he deserved. Colin received £1.32 million in compensation.
Colin was left with bowel and bladder problems, mobility difficulties, muscle wastage and chronic pain as a result of the delay in his diagnosis and treatment.
Colin felt that Bridge McFarland "dealt with my case fantastically. In fact, it couldn’t have been done any better”.
Lauren Hebdon is a specialist medical negligence solicitor at Bridge McFarland LLP, dealing with cases relating to the delayed diagnosis or treatment of Cauda Equina Syndrome on a daily basis.