Central Cord Syndrome

The term “central cord syndrome” is used to describe a certain type of injury to the spinal cord. This type of injury is known as an “incomplete” spinal cord injury and can leave people with impairments primarily in their upper body extremities. If your spinal cord is damaged and results in central cord syndrome, you might have impairment to your arms and hands. In some cases, there might even be impairments to the legs and feet too. The brain will struggle to send and receive messages from body parts that are below where the injury occurred. In many cases, central cord syndrome happens as a result of damage to the neck. Car accidents are common causes of central cord syndromes.

“Incomplete” Spinal Cord Injury

Central cord syndrome is known as one of the most common forms of “incomplete” spinal cord injuries. The term “incomplete” is used to describe injuries to the spinal cords that don’t result in complete damage or a complete severing of the cord. In many cases, some sensory and motor function remains after an accident causing an incomplete spinal cord injury. It’s important to note that even though these injuries are described as “incomplete” or “less severe” than complete spinal cord injuries, they can still have devastating and catastrophic impacts on recovering patients. They can impact one’s ability to walk, talk, earn a living and have a good quality of life after the accident. No matter what kind of spinal cord injury you’re recovering from, it’s important to talk to a lawyer about your claim, especially if you suspect negligence, malpractice or willfully dangerous behavior was a cause.

Upper Body Impairment

In most cases, central cord syndrome involves an impairment of the upper body extremities. This means motor function and sensory function of the arms and hands is possible. Weakness and paralysis may also be seen in cases involving central cord syndrome. No two spinal cord injuries are exactly alike though, so it’s important to know that the severity of the injury will also have a great impact on the type and severity of symptoms and impairments associated with central cord syndrome. Also, just because central cord syndrome most commonly impacts upper body extremities, that doesn’t mean that it can’t impact parts of the lower body too. It’s not uncommon to see issues with bladder control and other lower-body extremities and functions impacted after an injury causing central cord syndrome.

Car Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents and Central Cord Syndrome

Car accidents and motorcycle accidents are some of the most common causes of central cord syndrome. Any accident that can cause an injury to the neck can result in central cord syndrome. Car accidents caused by distracted drivers, drunk drivers and reckless drivers can all result in catastrophic spinal cord injuries. These preventable crashes can leave victims in the hospital, out of a job and wondering what to do next. If you suffered from any kind of spinal cord injury in a car accident, you need to speak with a personal injury attorney who has proven car accident case experience as soon as possible to get the ball rolling on your claim. Listed below are some common causes of central cord syndrome.

Common Causes of Central Cord Syndrome
  • Car accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • ATV accidents
  • Workplace accidents
  • Athletic injuries
  • Falls
  • Medical malpractice
  • Surgical errors
Costs Associated With Central Cord Syndrome

Sticker shock from the first hospital bill is just the beginning when it comes to spinal cord injuries. Depending upon the severity and the unique circumstances of your individual injury, you could be facing tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars or more in medical bills over your lifetime. If you’re ability to work and earn a living has been impacted, things can get even more complicated, especially if you’re a primary income earner in your home. You will need money to cover costs associated with hospitalization, rehabilitation, physical therapy, surgical procedures, occupational therapy, medical devices, medical care and a wide variety of other medical expenses that nobody thinks of until something like this happens to them.

Central Cord Syndrome Lawyer in Jackson

Central cord syndrome can leave victims with lifelong impairments to their arms, hands and even lower body extremities. This can severely impact quality of life, ability to earn a living and all other factors associated with recovering from a catastrophic injury. If you have been injured or if your loved one is suffering form central cord syndrome caused by the dangerous or negligent actions of another person in Jackson or in any of the surrounding Metro Area community, contact the skilled and proven Personal Injury team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free case consultation today.

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