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You can be represented by a highly-experienced & specialist cauda equina claims lawyer at no upfront cost to you. Under our No Win No Fee agreement you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of the compensation awarded if your case is successful.

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What is cauda equina syndrome?

What is cauda equina syndrome?

Cauda equina syndrome is a spinal injury which happens when the collection of nerves at the bottom of the spinal cord become compressed.

It is a very serious condition which is commonly caused by a prolapsed disc but can be caused by spinal infections, tumours, or trauma, such as that caused by medical negligence during surgery.

Emergency medical care is essential to give patients the best possible opportunity of making a full recovery, as delays can lead to permanent and life-changing injuries including foot drop, loss of mobility, incontinence, severe pain, sexual dysfunction and paralysis.

If cauda equina syndrome is caused by surgery, misdiagnosed, or there are delays in diagnosis, you may be able to claim compensation for the impact it has on your quality of life.


Specialists in cauda equina compensation

Specialists in cauda equina compensation

Our team of specialists at Hudgell Solicitors are highly-experienced in supporting clients and their families in cases where life-changing conditions, such as cauda equina, are suffered due to medical negligence.

We have supported patients in cases where GPs have failed to spot the symptoms and have not referred them to specialists, causing delays in diagnosis.

Similarly, we have seen symptoms missed and misdiagnosed in hospitals, and cases where a poor standard of surgery has worsened patients’ conditions.

Should you suffer an injury due to the mistakes of medical professionals, you can seek compensation for your pain and suffering.

This can help cover the cost of required future treatment, rehabilitation, loss of earnings due to not being able to work, to pay for vital aids and equipment and any care or support required.

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What are the symptoms of cauda equina syndrome?

What are the symptoms of cauda equina syndrome?

Given the serious consequences of a delayed diagnosis, it is imperative both patients and medical practitioners are aware of the main symptoms of cauda equina syndrome.

The main symptoms to be aware of are:

  • Severe back pain.
  • Inability to urinate.
  • Incontinence.
  • Pain, weakness and loss of sensation in the legs, causing mobility problems.
  • Loss of feeling in the genital/perineal area.

It is vital that medical professionals consider cauda equina syndrome when patients are experiencing any of the symptoms above.

In cases of cauda equina syndrome, it is essential that imaging such as an MRI scan is undertaken and that decompression surgery is carried out within 48 hours to give the patient a better chance of recovery.

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Making a claim for cauda equina

How to make a claim

Make a claim in six easy steps

Step 1

Free Initial Advice

Call us, request a callback or complete our online claim form and we will assess whether we think you have a claim.

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Step 2


We will help you to decide how best to fund your claim. Usually, we will be able to offer you a No win, No fee agreement.

Step 3

Obtain Medical Records & Medical Reports

We will request copies of your medical records and instruct appropriate medical experts to prepare reports confirming whether your care was negligent and how this caused you injury.

Step 4

Letter Of Claim

We will send a letter to your healthcare provider with details of your claim, setting out why we think your case was negligent and how this caused you injury.

Step 5

Prepare Claim Valuation

We will put together a schedule of loss setting out the losses you have incurred and the extent of the injuries you have sustained.

Step 6

Negotiate Settlement

We will send all the evidence to your opponent inviting their settlement proposals. If we cannot agree a reasonable settlement, we will prepare court proceedings.

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Hudgell Solicitors took my case on and my expectations were exceeded. All persons at Hudgell are professional and courteous. My claim was one against Norfolk Police. Without going into details, the Police had clearly been in the wrong and were in process of accusing me of exactly what they had actually done to me and a further cover up of the truth. Hudgell took my instructions and were in contact with me during the whole process and brought about a very satisfactory outcome. To be clear...Satisfactory is a very good outcome. I would recommend Hudgell without question. I feel I have been treated respectfully and my case notes were engrained into those at Hudgell that helped me get a conclusion to the most heinous acts from the Norfolk Police.
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Philip Moore
My brother was the victim of quite a bad motorcycle accident where he was not at fault. Sadly he only held third party cover so whilst he was in hospital I was asked by him to find a solicitor to claim against the third party. After doing some research I chose Hudgell to help us (even tho Neil Hudgell is the owner of the dreaded Hull KR and I am a massive FC fan). INITIAL CONTACT I made contact by phone and this was a simple conversation. The member of staff was very friendly and extremely helpful. All the questions I had were dealt with and I was very happy with the outcome of the call. FOLLOWING INITAL CONTACT. Within half an hour of contacting Hudgell’s a senior manager made contact with me and discussed what would happen next. Again this was very personal and really helpful. After another half an hour Sam (my brother’s now solicitor) called me. We chatted about what had happened and what he was planning to do initially. Sam was really friendly and understanding. He put me at ease right away and explained everything clearly and directly answering all questions I had. Within a week of the claim being opened Sam and Laura (Chartered Legal Executive) visited my brother in hospital. They helped put him at ease immediately and talked through what would happen, what their objectives were and also but more importantly made my brother understand that they would do everything to help him in any way he needed. After this meeting in the hospital we were happy that this claim was in safe hands. Sam the Solicitor A very friendly chap who shoots from the hip and tells you a spade is a spade. A chap who doesn’t make promises he can’t keep. A really likable man who you would want to have a pint with and we did not always look at him as the solicitor. He kept us updated at all stages and was always contactable. I did have one heated conversation with Sam BUT this was a good thing. I say this because he is very passionate about his job sometimes when a third person (me) is acting on behalf of the victim (my brother) it can be a little hard at times to please everyone. He took all we threw at him and directed us really well. Sam thank you for all your hard work, your support and the outcome. Laura Chartered Legal Executive What can I say about Laura, an absolute gem this lady is. Professional, very committed to her job, compassionate, More than helpful, caring and really cared in my opinion about my brother and his recovery. Every contact we had with Laura was amazing. She is one of those people who puts you at ease right away. Laura dealt with every problem with put at her feet, every question we had she dealt with and if she could not answer there and then she would find the answers we needed. If we had a problem she would find a solution. Again always contactable and if she could not respond immediately to a call she would call back within the business day. Laura thank you for all your hard work, Thank you for being there when we were dealing with all the problems we had. Both Sam and yourself are a credit to your company and your profession. The service provided by Hudgell’s far exceeded what we expected. If you need the services Hudgell provides then I would highly recommend your choice of solicitors is this company.
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Mark Fox
I was represented/instructed by Mobeena Salim, who was always available when i wanted to discuss my case, which was reassuring and comforting. We were able to pressure the defendants who eventually agreed to settle and this meant we did not have the drawn out court process! Overall, i am happy with the service, only criticism is that i feel we could have settled a higher amonut if we continued negotiations. Would use this firm again! Thanks for everything.
4 Stars
S C Williams
I am sorry but the person's name that dealt with me who was admin was Natasha - my name is definitely not Natalie but obviously it shows how much attention you pay to people's particulars and case details. So sorry not interested in your services - as previously mentioned when it comes to medical negligence, you are impersonal, inefficient and inaccurate. Also the comment went on TP on the 22nd March and you provided yet another generic response on the 2nd April.
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Calista Harrison
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Can I claim for cauda equina and how will Hudgell Solicitors help ?

At Hudgell Solicitors we pride ourselves in making the claims process as easy as possible for our clients, recognising that during a difficult time, people look to us to lead their legal case with clarity, whilst also opening doors to vital support.

Our team are committed to accessing specialist support for clients who have suffered life-changing injuries as soon as possible, using our excellent relationships with medical advisers, care providers, financial advisers and rehabilitation experts to pull together the very best network of support for those we represent.

Our support includes:

  • Free initial consultation – in your home, a hospital, or any place where you feel comfortable, to discuss your situation.
  • Rehabilitation – arranging ongoing treatment, physiotherapy and mental health support.
  • Pursuing interim payments – we seek early interim payments from insurers to provide the support and treatment required, and to fund any required home adaptations.
  • Independent medical examinations – we will arrange for examinations by independent experts to advise us on the impact of the spinal cord injury, and the treatments needed to make the best possible recovery.
  • Longer-term help – not only do we focus on securing the highest possible damages settlement, we also provide investment advice after settlement to make sure compensation supports not only clients’ immediate needs but also over the years ahead.

Will I need to go to court to make a claim for compensation?

Most of our cases are successfully resolved without the need to go to Court. We have a proven track record of being successful with the cases that we have taken to Court in cases where the healthcare provider has refused to accept responsibility or refused to agree the amount of compensation that should be awarded to our client.

What is the time limit for making a medical negligence claim?

If aged 18 and over, you will typically have three years from the date that the negligence occurred or from the date that you became aware of negligent treatment. For under-18s, there is no time limit. However, once a child reaches 18, the standard 3 year claim period comes into effect.

There are exceptions for cases in involving someone with diminished mental capacity.


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What is cauda equina syndrome?

Back pain can be concerning, especially when the cause is unclear. Cauda equina is a little-known syndrome that has dire consequences when left untreated. In this article, we discuss the causes and symptoms of cauda equina syndrome as well as its treatment and long term effects. We will also discuss the circumstances in which you […]

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