Slater and Gordon

If there were delays in diagnosing and treating your cauda equina syndrome or if it was caused in a road accident, or by some other trauma, Slater and Gordon’s specialist legal experts can help get the compensation you deserve. In medical negligence cases early diagnosis and early surgical intervention is vital for a positive outcome, and medical professionals are trained to identify symptoms of Cauda Equina Syndrome and these should not be ignored. Our Cauda Equina Syndrome solicitors have dealt with many cases of CES where patients have suffered negligence, such as:

  • Where a GP or A&E doctor did not recognise ‘red flags’ such as numbness, bladder and bowel difficulties or other signs of nerve injury.
  • Where the patient showing symptoms were not sent for the correct tests, including scanning
  • Where the patient was not referred to a surgeon in time to prevent nerve damage

If you believe you have a cauda equina syndrome claim, it’s important that you seek advice from a solicitor specialising in medical cases, or in traumatic spinal injury cases.  Seek advice as soon as possible, as there are time limits in place in England, Scotland and Wales. Generally, a Cauda Equina Syndrome claim should be made within three years from the date you or a loved one suffered as a result of medical negligence or trauma.  There may be exceptions and you should seek advice even if more than 3 years has passed.

Compensation depends on several factors, such as the severity of your injuries and the affect those injuries have had on your life. You can also claim back any expenses that you’ve incurred resulting from your injuries, such as lost earnings if you’ve been unable to work, and any future losses, such as ongoing care. A specialist solicitor will be able to advise you on urgent funding to pay for support and therapy, and early rehabilitation.

When you have suffered because of trauma or medical negligence, you need solicitors you can talk to and trust. Not only are our specialist solicitor’s experts in their field, but we have team of qualified spinal and orthopaedic nurses to help guide the claim. We offer home and hospital visits and provide immediate representation and rehabilitation support. We are proud of the 90+ years’ experience we have securing rightful compensation to those who have suffered from medical negligence or traumatic injury.

Emma Doughty

Contact details

Name – Emma Doughty
Telephone number – 0330 995 5571 or 07896 935 243

Emma began her legal career in 2008 and joined Slater and Gordon’s medical negligence team in London in 2013. She is an experienced litigation lawyer specialising in medical negligence claims. She is also a skilled solicitor-advocate, having carried out extensive training and been awarded the Higher Rights of Audience qualification by the Law Society. During her career, Emma has dealt with a wide variety of complex and high value claims relating to life changing injuries. She is passionate about achieving justice for her clients and is renowned for her tenacious approach to litigation.  

Ben Gent

Contact details

Name – Ben Gent
Telephone number – 0330 995 5130

Ben has represented claimants in a series of complex spinal injury cases ranging from: paraplegia caused in surgical removal of a conjoined twin; paraplegia from improper surgical technique in cervical discectomy; a case alleging negligence from experimental laminectomy technique; delays in diagnosis of compressive lesions (abscess/ haematoma) and multiple cases establishing delay in diagnosis and treatment of cauda equina syndrome. 


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