It is anticipated that as lockdown restrictions ease, and particularly with children and young adults returning to education, cases of meningitis will start to rise.
A recent press article has highlighted concerns by a leading consultant urological surgeon of the failure and delays in the NHS diagnosing Cauda Equina Syndrome leading to devastating injuries for patients.
You can read the article here.
Additionally, a recent review of spinal services undertaken by Mike Hutton, consultant spinal surgeon, identified that 23% of litigation claims between 2013-2016 linked to spinal surgery related to Cauda Equina Syndrome, with the estimated costs of such claims being £68m. Delay or failure of diagnosis was the most common issue highlighted in such claims, followed by delay or failure in treatment.
Cauda Equina Syndrome is a set of symptoms people experience when the spinal nerves are compressed in lower the back. Compression of these nerves inhibits function and generates painful messages as well as symptoms. These are known as the ‘Red Flags’ of Cauda Equina Syndrome. They include acute low back pain, sciatica, bladder and bowel dysfunction, leg weakness and sexual dysfunction. The compression can be caused by a car accident, a slipped disc, tumours, stenosis, cysts and occasionally injections. Cauda Equina Syndrome is a spinal surgical emergency that requires urgent specialist assessment and intervention. If the condition is not managed in a time-efficient manner, it can lead to a range of severe permanent disabilities, including permanent limb paralysis, permanent loss of bowel, bladder and sexual function.
Anthony Collins Solicitors supports and partners the Cauda Equina Syndrome Association (“CESA”) whose vision is 'to bring Cauda Equina Syndrome and other spinal conditions to the forefront of people's minds, to aid prompt diagnosis and help people adapt their lives to achieve a happy and fulfilling future'.
We are proud to work with CESA, which underlines our specialism in this type of negligence case. Whilst many lawyers will have experience in handling personal injury or clinical negligence claims, Cauda Equina and indeed spinal injury claims generally are highly complex matters and we understand the challenges of the injury and the long-term consequences. We take time to understand what the person suffering from Cauda Equina Syndrome and their families are going through. The road to recovery can seem like a long and difficult journey and we can also advise on a wide range of topics such as welfare benefits, understanding what your employment rights are, disability discrimination, your entitlement to statutory care.
For more information
It is important to get independent specialist advice from an expert legal professional who knows their way around this particular type of injury and the legal framework within which to advance a claim. If you would like to discuss matters further on a no-obligation basis, please contact Rankeshwar Batta or Victoria Fullilove.
As we continue to emerge from lockdown measures and deal with local measures and the short and long term economic impact of Covid-19, local authorities will need to re-assess how services will be delivered for years to come.
The Government first announced plans for a shared ownership right to buy in October 2019. At the time the sector raised concerns about the impact the plans would have on housing associations ability to borrow. An election and a pandemic later the Government announced, during the CIH Housing Festival last week, the return of the right to shared ownership as part of its Affordable Homes Programme (AHP).
Two final pieces of the possession jigsaw have been published on 15 September 2020. Mr Justice Knowles’ working group on possession proceedings has issued its guidance on the “overall arrangements” for possession proceedings.
One change proposed by the Building Safety Bill is the introduction of a duty holder regime, which will see statutory responsibility for the safety of higher risk buildings placed on key individuals
Throughout this pandemic, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been publishing various “Statements on Coronavirus” (Statements) which provide guidance on consumer rights during this time.
A recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the UK means new measures are being put in place in an effort to reduce the risk of a second wave. Whilst the impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt, it is important to remain focused on the sector’s road to recovery.
Sometimes half an hour at a conference gives you the reality that has been staring you in the face all along. That was my experience watching “Change is on the Horizon”
Following our recent e-briefing on Possession Notices, Helen Tucker and Emilie Pownall from our housing litigation team discuss the impact of the changes on social landlords.
Not only has the possession stay been extended until 20 September, the notice periods to be given to tenants has been extended in certain circumstances with some important exceptions.
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