Understanding Cauda Equina Malpractice

April 2023

The cauda equina are a bundle of nerves located at the base of the spinal cord.  The nerves are named for the resemblace to a horse's tail, as they consist of multiple nerve roots that extend downward from the spinal cord and resemble the shape of a tail.  The cauda equina nerves are responsible for transmitting the nerve signals between the spinal cord and the lower body which includes the feet, legs and pelvic organs.  The cauda equina plays a crucial role in the sensory and motor functions of the lower body.  When the cauda equina is compressed or damaged, serious injuries can follow.

Medcial malpractice related to cauda equina can have devastating consequences including permanent disabilty.  A common way cauda equina malpractice occurs is due to a failure to diagnose.  A qualified medical professional should be able to detect the symptoms of cauda equina and make the orders for the appropriate care.

If you or a loved one has suffered injury due to damage to the cauda equina, take the time to contact an experienced personal injury attorney.  At Herrick & Hart , we have been on the side of the injured since 1951.


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