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Cauda Equina Syndrome

Freedom of information request details

FOI request date:

Service: Claims Management

The following information was requested on 11 March 2019:

I would be grateful for your assistance. I am conduction a clinical study into the long-term outcome following surgery for cauda equina syndrome at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

The impression in the spinal surgery community is that the number of claims of negligence related to CES are steadily increasing. This would appear to be both at primary care level (GP’s not recognising the condition and referring early enough) and in tertiary care centres (delay to imaging, delayed surgery and “poorly performed” surgery).

I would like to make a freedom of information request into the following:

The annual incidence of claims pertaining to CES. Are you able to look back as far as possible, perhaps over the last 10-20 years to the present time? Is there an increasing incidence of claims?

Who are the claims being taken out against?

  • GP’s/primary care delay
  • Referring/receiving hospital

What is the nature of the claim?

  • Poorly performed surgery?
  • Non-resolution of specific symptoms?
  • Consenting issues?
  • Failure to rapidly access MRI imaging?

The amount paid to settle the cases out of court or the compensation paid after court proceedings.

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