Cauda equina syndrome is a relatively uncommon disorder affecting the bundle of nerve roots at the lower end of the spinal cord, which is known as the cauda equina. The term, loosely translated, means the “horse's tail." Cauda equina syndrome typically presents with severe lower back pain, sciatica and/or weakness in one or both legs, and possibly loss of bladder or bowel function. This syndrome is usually caused by a disk herniation or other issue that compresses the cauda equina nerve bundle.
Although the symptoms of cauda equina syndrome may appear in other disorders, it's critical that medical professionals consider the possibility cauda equina syndrome. This syndrome is typically diagnosed with an MRI. If not diagnosed promptly, nerve damage and deficits can become permanent, leading to chronic pain, permanent weakness and loss of function in the legs, and permanent sexual, bowel, and bladder dysfunction. Cauda equina is a medical emergency.
Doctors, especially those who work in hospital emergency rooms where acute cases of back pain often present, should be aware of the significance of the constellation of cauda equina symptoms and be prepared to order the appropriate tests and decompression surgery if needed. If cauda equina is suspected, a neurosurgical consult is the standard of care and must be done without delay. Failure to do so may constitute medical malpractice.
At Huegli Fraser PC, we know that needless delay in diagnosing cauda equina syndrome can cost our clients loss of function and quality of life. No amount of money can make up for such a loss, but relief from financial burdens can remove a great deal of stress, and also hold the responsible party accountable for this life-changing error.
Oregon medical malpractice cases, including failure to diagnose nerve injuries like cauda equina syndrome, require much legal skill and intensive preparation. Most Oregon attorneys do not even accept these cases. Huegli Fraser PC is different. We maintain relationships with top neurology experts whose testimony is critical in malpractice cases. We are also seasoned litigators. Our attorneys have a combined 45 years of experience in medical malpractice cases, including failure to diagnose cauda equina syndrome. We have achieved multiple recoveries in excess of a million dollars and have recovered a total of over 100 million dollars for our clients.
Our concern is not only with our clients' financial well-being, but their physical and emotional recovery as well. Our clients are more than case files; they're valued members of a team working to achieve justice.
If you believe that you, or a loved one, has suffered injury due to a doctor's failure to diagnose cauda equina syndrome, you must act quickly or risk losing the opportunity to seek financial recovery. Huegli Fraser PC can help you determine whether you have a viable medical malpractice case and help you decide on the next steps to take.
Huegli Fraser serves Portland and the surrounding areas, working with clients throughout Oregon. Contact us at (971) 266-8877. We look forward to working with you.
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