Cauda Equina Claims

Developing cauda equina syndrome due to medical negligence can have devastating consequences. We tell you how you can begin a compensation claim.


Fill in our simple form and get a call back at a time to suit you.
Alternatively our team are on hand 24/7 to discuss your case.
You can call them on:
0800 567 7866

What is cauda equina?

Cauda equina syndrome is a serious spinal condition where the nerves at the bottom of the spine are compressed. It can cause paralysis and incontinence.

Since the condition has potentially life-changing effects, medical professionals must pick up on the symptoms quite quickly and it should be treated as a medical emergency.

The early symptoms of cauda equina include:

  • Incontinence
  • Pain in either or both legs
  • Severe back pain
  • The inability to have sex

Decompression surgery will need to happen on the spine as soon as possible. This is to reverse any symptoms of cauda equina and prevent the condition from getting worse.

If the symptoms aren’t treated quickly enough or are ignored altogether, then this can have devastating consequences for you.

When this is the case, you may be a victim of medical negligence and are entitled to make a compensation claim.

Conditions caused by cauda equina

If cauda equina goes untreated, then it could cause many serious, life-altering conditions. These can be permanent and may require many changes in your life. Such conditions include:

  • Irreversible issues with the bladder and bowels
  • Loss of feelings in legs and feet
  • Mobility issues
  • Neurological damage
  • Severe pain
  • Sexual dysfunction

Why should I make a cauda equina claim?

Making a claim could help to prevent future cases of cauda equina negligence from happening in the future.

This can prevent others from suffering the same way that you have and highlight the failings of the medical provider.

By highlighting their negligence, it can make the medical provider aware of what went wrong and hopefully help to prevent future cases of medical failures.

If the medical mistakes happened in an NHS hospital or as a result of GP negligence, then the NHS have a body called NHS Resolution that deal with your claim.

Private medical providers have their own complaints body, usually within the company.

How can I pay for my claim?

First4Laywers offers a No Win No Fee service, which means that if the claim is unsuccessful then you won’t have to pay a thing.

If the claim is successful, any legal costs will be taken from your final compensation amount awarded at the end of your claim. So it’s completely risk-free.

You won’t need to pay anything upfront to get great legal help and advice in both scenarios.

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Our No Win No Fee solicitors will take a success fee from the compensation you are awarded for a successful claim in the form of a percentage of your damages. This could be up to 25% but it won't be more than that, except in cases of road traffic accidents and housing disrepair. Changing laws mean our solicitors will now take a payment of 35% of the final compensation amount plus VAT for all road traffic accident and housing disrepair claims.

First4Lawyers are an award-winning claims management company with a track record of delivering service that our clients love.

Is there a time limit to making a claim?

Usually, with medical negligence cases, there is a three-year time limit from the moment you discovered that medical negligence was to blame for your injury.

In some cases, though, there can be exceptions – so we recommend giving us at First4Lawyers a call.

How much compensation can I claim?

The amount of compensation you receive is dependent on how severe your injuries are.

A successful claim could secure you the compensation you require that could pay for any private medical treatment you may need for cauda equina.

Any lost finances through having time off work can be claimed as a part of special damages.

Our compensation calculator can also give you an average figure of what you may receive in compensation.

How can First4Lawyers help?

If we think you have a claim, we can help take the stress out of making a medical negligence claim.

If you are a victim of medical negligence, then we believe you deserve compensation.

So just give us a call, start your claim online, or request a callback.


It seems you are using an outdated browser.

This will impair your browsing experience around the web. Please visit one of the links below to update to a modern browser then re-open the site with the new browser.

Thank you


Can't find what you are looking for?

We are open as normal during the Coronavirus lockdown and are able to help with all your legal needs.

Call us free of charge

0800 567 7866

Request a Callback

Continue browsing