Anterior Cord Syndrome
Anterior cord syndrome is a debilitating disease that can be caused by car accidents, medical malpractice, falls and a variety of other preventable incidents. This type of spinal injury can severely impact the quality of life of the patient and that person’s ability to work and live independently. Although this type of injury isn’t always associated with complete paralysis, the impact of the symptoms of anterior cord syndrome can be devastating for patients and their families. Anterior cord syndrome is usually a result of a loss of blood flow from the heart to the front (anterior) portion of the spinal cord. This lack of blood flow can result in symptoms ranging from inability to feel cold and heat and hypotension all the way to partial or complete paralysis. If you’re suffering from anterior cord syndrome after a car accident or some other type of accident, you need to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your claim as soon as possible.
“Incomplete” Spinal Cord Injury
Sometimes, anterior cord syndrome is referred to as an “incomplete” spinal cord injury. This is because the patients often still have some function below the level of the initial injury. Anterior cord syndrome isn’t typically associated with complete paralysis below the injury. It might involve a loss of fine motor skills or sensations, but leave the patient with some level of function or mobility in the impacted limbs. They might suffer form insidious symptoms like muscle weakness or sexual dysfunction. They might appear to have some recovery on the outside, they they’re still struggling with some very severe nerve damage. Since there are many nerves associated with sensory abilities and proprioception, and injury to the anterior cord can be devastating for patients. Listed below are some possible symptoms associated with anterior cord syndrome.
Symptoms of Anterior Cord Syndrome
- Inability to feel cold, heat or pain
- Motor skill deficits
- Proprioception difficulties
- Muscle weakness
- Sexual dysfunction
- Inability to feel fine sensations
- Partial paralysis
- Sensory nerve dysfunction
- Urinary and bowel problems
- Complete paralysis
In many cases, anterior cord syndrome is caused by an injury sustained during a car accident. When somebody else’s dangerous or negligent driving results in a life-altering disease like anterior cord syndrome, it’s essential to get in touch with a personal injury lawyer about your claim as swiftly as possible. Whether it was a drunk driver or a driver who was texting behind the wheel, it will be necessary to fight to get you the compensation you deserve for medical bills, lost wages and other expenses associated with the car accident. Accidents involving motorcycles and trucks might also cause injuries that result in anterior cord syndrome. Insurance companies can be difficult to deal with after an accident, so it’s a good idea to have a lawyer on your side with proven car accident case experience.
Medical malpractice can also result in anterior cord syndrome. If an error is made during a surgery and you lose blood flow to the anterior portion of your spinal cord, you could be facing lifelong health issues related to the malpractice. After any type of medical procedure that results in a catastrophic or devastating injury like anterior cord syndrome, it’s critical to speak with a personal injury lawyer who has proven medical malpractice experience. It will be necessary to determine if medical errors, negligence or malpractice caused your injury, and these cases are time sensitive, so the sooner you speak with a lawyer, the better chance you have at a favorable outcome in your case.
After any type of injury impacting your spinal cord, you’re going to be facing a lot of medical bills. You may need multiple surgical procedures, ongoing physical therapy and treatments and medications potentially indefinitely. The costs and expenses associated with injuries resulting in anterior cord syndrome can be astronomical, to say the least. If you’re facing medical bills caused by the negligent or dangerous behavior of another person, you need a personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you deserve to pay for medical expenses and other costs associated with your injury.
If you are suffering from the complex list of symptoms associated with anterior cord syndrome or if a loved one is suffering from anterior cord syndrome associated with a car accident, medical malpractice or some other form of negligence or willful misconduct that happened in Jackson or in any of the surrounding Metro Area communities, contact the skilled and proven Personal Injury team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766. for an immediate free case consultation.
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