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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
Following negations with the defendant, Mr X was offered £250,000 gross of the interim payments of £52,009 to settle the claim. Mr X accepted this offer and was very thankful for our assistance with his claim.
Absolutely amazing service, I had an accident back in 2016 and they fought tooth and nail to get me the treatment and pay out that I deserved, my case handler Amy kept me informed throughout the entire process. I would definitely recommend Howells to anyone.
From start to finish my daughter’s medical negligence claim was handled brilliantly. Communication was excellent and her case was handled sensitively and professionally, with a successful outcome at the end.
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Paul Gander
Sue dealt with my personal injury claim with professionalism at all times. She kept both myself and my son fully informed throughout the process and always responded to queries quickly and efficiently. I would have no hesitation in using this firm again.

Stuart Marks
I recently used Howells' for a claim. After an initial telephone conversation, Amy (our assigned representative) went through the process of our potential claim. She outlined time frames and the strength of our case. We ended up receiving compensation above our expectations. I was thoroughly impressed the team from Howells and would have no hesitation in recommending them to others. They handled the whole process in a manner which inspired confidence, knowing that we were in good hands.

Simon Marks
Howells have been fantastic when dealing with my claim and i would recommend them to anyone. I would like to thank Sue for her outstanding service and patience throughout my case. You were great and I cannot thank you enough for the end result. Also thank you to Glendora and Amy for all your help. 5* service all round

Gavin Herbert
Life changing issues affected our daughter due to a misdiagnosis and then catalogue of errors. We are so grateful to Sue and the team and the lovely Glendora! Thank you so much for all your hard work, perseverance and pure doggedness. Hopefully this has saved another family from having to go through this! Amazing service from such nice people! Enjoy the hamper!

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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Sue Edwards
Sue Edwards

Head of Medical
Negligence and Personal
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Thomas Stride

Personal Injury and
Medical Negligence
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Robert Jones
Chartered Legal Executive (Fellow)

Personal Injury and
Medical Negligence
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Amy Downey
Legal Assistant

Personal Injury and
Medical Negligence

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Glendora Hendrickson
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Personal Injury and
Medical Negligence
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