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Spinal Abscess Claims

Spinal abscesses have become a rare occurrence since the introduction of antibiotics in medical procedures. However, when they do occur, any delay in diagnosis and treatment can have serious consequences.

If you have suffered from misdiagnoses or delay in treatment, then you may have a spinal abscess claim for compensation.

What is a Spinal Abscess and What Causes One?

A spinal abscess is a bacterial infection in the tissues that surround the spinal cord, built up from the Staphylococcus and Streptococcus species. The abscess is caused when white blood cells are sent to the area of infection leading to a build-up of puss.

The most common causes of spinal abscess’ are:
  • Knife/bullet wounds
  • Septicaemia
  • Boils on the skin
  • Tuberculosis
  • Complications from back surgery
  • Dermal Sinus
Some of the symptoms of a spinal abscess are:
  • Loss of sensation/paralysis below the area of the abscess
  • Sharp pain
  • Sudden onset of pain
  • Weakness that progresses rapidly
  • Fever
  • Loss of control of your bladder/bowels

Do You Have a Claim for Spinal Abscess Compensation?

A medical negligence claim could arise due to:
  • A delay in diagnosis or treatment of spinal abscess
  • Surgical error during a spinal epidural, catheterisation procedure or lumbar puncture
  • Errors during post-operative care
  • Incomplete draining of a spinal abscess resulting in further infection

Case Study: Delayed Diagnosis of Spinal Abscess

J v Powys Teaching Health Board

A claim arose through a delay in diagnosing a spinal abscess following a failure to undertake the appropriate scans. Sadly, the delay caused permanent paralysis of the claimant and lifelong care is now required.

Damages are estimated to exceed £1,000.000.00.

Discover If You Could Have a Claim

Find out more about possible recompense as the result of a spinal abscess claim by getting in touch with our friendly and knowledgeable medical negligence solicitors. We’re here to help you get the compensation you need.
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