Malpractice Suits for Failing to Diagnose Cauda Equina Syndrome?
Our office has successfully handles malpractice cases involving the failure to make a timely diagnosis of Cauda Equina Syndrome. Malpractice cases are based on the failure to make a timely diagnosis and delays in implementing proper treatment. Responsible parties may include emergency department physician and health care providers, attending physicians who fail to order proper tests such as CT scans and MRI’s, radiologists who misread imaging studies such as CT scans or MRI’s, and nurses who ignore patient complaints.
What Is Cauda Equina Syndrome?
Cauda equina syndrome is a surgical emergency that occurs when something compresses on the spinal nerve roots. Urgent treatment is necessary to prevent permanent spinal cord injury. Malpractice cases are based on the failure to make a timely diagnosis and delays in implementing proper treatment.
Cauda equina syndrome affects a bundle of nerve roots called cauda equina (Latin for horse’s tail). They send and receive messages to and from the legs, feet, and pelvic organs. These nerves are located at the lower end of the spinal cord in the lumbosacral spine and resemble a horse’s tail. Cauda equina is the Latim phrase for the horse’s tail.