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Florida Cauda Equina Syndrome Lawyer

Cauda equina syndrome (CES) is a serious condition that can have life-altering consequences if not promptly and properly treated. When CES is caused or exacerbated by medical malpractice, victims have the right to seek compensation for their suffering and losses. At Flanagan & Bodenheimer, our experienced cauda equina syndrome lawyers are dedicated to helping you secure the compensation you deserve. 

If you or a loved one has developed cauda equina syndrome due to medical malpractice, consult with our experienced attorneys. Contact us 24/7 at 305-638-4143 for a free consultation in English or Spanish.

What is Cauda Equina Syndrome?

Cauda equina syndrome occurs when the bundle of nerves at the lower end of the spinal cord, known as the cauda equina, becomes compressed. The cauda equina is responsible for sending and receiving messages to and from the lower limbs and pelvic organs. When these nerves are compressed, it can lead to severe neurological damage and potentially permanent disability if not treated promptly.

It can be categorized into two main types: incomplete cauda equina syndrome (CES-I) and complete cauda equina syndrome (CES-R).

Incomplete Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES-I)

Incomplete cauda equina syndrome (CES-I) is characterized by partial loss of function in the nerves that control the bladder, bowel, and lower limbs. Here are some key features of CES-I:

  • Bladder and Bowel Sensation: Individuals with CES-I experience a loss of urgency or sensation in their bladder and bowels. This means they may not feel the need to urinate or defecate as usual.
  • Urinary and Bowel Function: Despite the loss of sensation, individuals with CES-I may still have some control over their bladder and bowel functions. However, they may find it difficult to start urination or may experience incomplete emptying.
  • Frequency: CES-I affects approximately 40% of people diagnosed with cauda equina syndrome.

Complete Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES-R)

Complete cauda equina syndrome (CES-R) is a more severe form of the condition, characterized by significant loss of function in the nerves controlling the bladder, bowel, and lower limbs. Key features of CES-R include:

  • Urinary and Bowel Retention: Individuals with CES-R may experience urinary and/or bowel retention, meaning they are unable to urinate or defecate. This can lead to severe discomfort and potential complications such as urinary tract infections and constipation.
  • Incontinence: CES-R can also cause incontinence, where individuals are unable to control their bladder or bowel functions, leading to unintentional urination or defecation.
  • Frequency: CES-R affects about 60% of people with cauda equina syndrome, making it the more common type.
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Treatment of Cauda Equina Syndrome

Cauda equina syndrome is a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment to relieve pressure on the nerves and prevent permanent damage. Treatment options include:

  • Surgical Intervention: Decompressive surgery is often necessary to relieve pressure on the cauda equina nerves. The sooner the surgery is performed, the better the chances of recovery.
  • Medications: Corticosteroids may be administered to reduce inflammation and swelling around the nerves.
  • Rehabilitation: Post-surgical rehabilitation, including physical and occupational therapy, is crucial for regaining strength, mobility, and function.

Symptoms of Cauda Equina Syndrome

Recognizing the symptoms of CES is crucial for prompt medical intervention. Key symptoms include:

  • Severe lower back pain
  • Sciatica (radiating pain down the legs)
  • Weakness or numbness in the legs
  • Loss of sensation in the saddle area (inner thighs, buttocks, genitals)
  • Bladder or bowel dysfunction, such as incontinence or retention
  • Sexual dysfunction

If you or a loved one experiences these symptoms, it is vital to seek emergency medical care immediately. Early diagnosis and treatment of cauda equina syndrome are essential to prevent long-term damage. Delayed medical intervention can result in permanent paralysis, bladder and bowel control issues, and sexual dysfunction. 

Common Causes of CES

  • Herniated Discs: Displacement of the disc material that exerts pressure on the nerves.
  • Spinal Stenosis: Narrowing of the spinal canal.
  • Spinal Tumors: Abnormal growths that compress the nerve roots.
  • Trauma: Physical injuries to the spine.
  • Infections: Such as spinal abscesses or inflammatory conditions.
  • Complications from Surgery: Post-surgical issues that may lead to nerve compression.

Types of Medical Malpractice Leading to Cauda Equina Syndrome

Several types of medical malpractice can lead to or exacerbate cauda equina syndrome:

Delayed Diagnosis or Misdiagnosis:

  • Failure to Recognize Symptoms: Medical professionals may fail to recognize the symptoms of CES, leading to delays in diagnosis and treatment. This delay can result in irreversible nerve damage.
  • Misdiagnosis: Sometimes, symptoms of CES are mistaken for less severe conditions like sciatica or lower back pain, causing crucial treatment delays.

Surgical Errors:

  • Incorrect Procedure: Errors during spinal surgery, such as operating on the wrong site or damaging the spinal cord, can lead to CES.
  • Post-Surgical Complications: Inadequate post-surgical care, including failure to monitor for complications, can result in the development of CES.

Improper Management of Spinal Conditions:

  • Negligent Treatment of Herniated Discs: Inadequate treatment of herniated discs or spinal stenosis can lead to worsening of the condition, ultimately causing CES.
  • Inadequate Follow-Up Care: Failing to provide appropriate follow-up care for patients with known risk factors for CES can lead to the development or exacerbation of the syndrome.

Infections and Inflammatory Conditions:

  • Failure to Diagnose Infections: Spinal infections, if not diagnosed and treated promptly, can lead to CES. Medical negligence in identifying and managing these infections can result in severe nerve damage.
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How Our Cauda Equina Syndrome Attorneys Can Help

At Flanagan & Bodenheimer, we understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that cauda equina syndrome can take on you and your family. Our dedicated team of personal injury attorneys is here to provide compassionate and comprehensive legal support. Here’s how we can assist you:

Investigation and Case Building

Cases involving CES from medical malpractice require thorough investigation to determine liability and establish the full extent of damages. Our experienced attorneys will:

  • Conduct Comprehensive Investigations: We gather all relevant medical records, review diagnostic tests, and analyze treatment plans to identify negligence.
  • Gather Evidence: Collecting evidence is crucial, including medical expert testimonies, witness statements, and documentation of your injuries and treatment.
  • Build a Strong Case: Using the gathered evidence, we construct a compelling case to demonstrate how medical malpractice led to your CES.

Negotiation with Insurance Companies

Dealing with insurance companies can be overwhelming, especially when recovering from CES. Our attorneys will handle all communications with insurers, ensuring your rights are protected and seeking a fair settlement that covers:

  • Medical Expenses: Current and future medical bills related to your CES treatment.
  • Lost Wages: Compensation for income lost due to your inability to work.
  • Pain and Suffering: Compensation for physical pain and emotional distress.
  • Other Losses: Any additional expenses related to your condition and its impact on your life.

Litigation and Court Representation

If a fair settlement cannot be reached through negotiation, our lawyers are prepared to take your case to court and fight for your rights. We have a proven track record of success in the courtroom and will pursue maximum compensation for your injuries and losses. Our litigation services include:

  • Court Preparation: Thoroughly preparing your case for trial.
  • Representation: Providing strong advocacy in front of a judge and jury.
  • Pursuing Maximum Compensation: Fighting vigorously to secure the highest possible compensation for your suffering.

Support Every Step of the Way

Throughout the legal process, our team will be by your side, offering guidance, support, and reassurance. We purposely maintain a small caseload to ensure personalized attention for each client. You can expect:

  • Regular Updates: Keeping you informed of developments in your case.
  • Responsive Communication: Promptly addressing your questions and concerns.
  • Comprehensive Support: Providing compassionate support to help you navigate this challenging time.

What Compensation Can I Obtain From A Medical Malpractice Claim in Florida?

Cauda equina syndrome (CES) is a serious condition that can result from medical malpractice, leading to significant physical, emotional, and financial burdens. If you file a medical malpractice claim, you may be entitled to the following compensation:

Medical Expenses:

  • Immediate Care: Emergency room visits and hospitalization.
  • Surgeries: Costs for necessary surgical procedures.
  • Medications: Prescription drugs for pain management and other symptoms.
  • Rehabilitation: Physical and occupational therapy.
  • Future Medical Costs: Ongoing treatments and follow-up care.

Lost Wages and Loss of Earning Capacity:

  • Lost Wages: Compensation for income lost during recovery.
  • Future Earnings: Compensation for reduced ability to earn due to long-term disability.

Pain and Suffering:

  • Physical Pain: Chronic pain caused by CES.
  • Emotional Distress: Psychological impact, including anxiety and depression.
  • Loss of Enjoyment: Reduced ability to enjoy life activities.

Loss of Consortium:

  • Spousal Relationships: Impact on companionship and emotional support.
  • Family Relationships: Effect on participation in family life.

Rehabilitation and Assistive Devices:

  • Rehabilitation Costs: Ongoing therapy.
  • Assistive Devices: Costs for mobility aids.
  • Home Modifications: Expenses for home adjustments to accommodate your condition.

If you or a loved one has suffered from cauda equina syndrome due to medical malpractice, contact Flanagan & Bodenheimer Injury and Wrongful Death Law Firm for a free consultation. We are dedicated to providing the legal support and advocacy you need to secure justice and the compensation you deserve.

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Contact Our Florida Cauda Equina Syndrome Attorneys

If you’ve experienced CES due to medical negligence, you don’t have to navigate the aftermath alone. Our team of dedicated personal injury lawyers at Flanagan & Bodenheimer is here to guide you through every step of the legal process so you can focus on your recovery.

While our main offices are located in Hollywood, FL and Coral Gables, FL, we accept clients throughout the entire State of Florida. Contact Flanagan & Bodenheimer at 305-638-4143 today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced medical malpractice lawyers. We’ll listen to your story, evaluate your case, and help you understand your rights and options for pursuing compensation.

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