CAUDA EQUINA (LATIN: “HORSE’S TAIL”)
Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) occurs when the nerve roots of the cauda equina are compressed and disrupt motor and sensory function to the lower extremities and bladder. Patients with this syndrome are often admitted to the hospital as a medical emergency. CES can lead to incontinence and even permanent paralysis.https://www.aans.org
A 45-year-old woman suffered an incision of the bundle of spinal nerves and spinal nerve rootlet of the lower spinal cord, known as “Cauda Equine Syndrome”, when she underwent a lower back surgery.
A Claim was filed against the Neurosurgeon who attended to the surgery and the Doctor’s Medical Protection Society accepted liability in the amount of R3 400 000,00.
If you suffer from continuous pain and discomfort causing incontinence or paralysis following a lower back surgery, you are welcome to contact Mr BL Kretzmann of our offices and mandate us to investigate a possible “Cauda Equina” claim.