Brown Sequard Syndrome
Brown-Sequard syndrome is a set of symptoms associated with a certain type of spinal cord injury. Spinal cords and central nervous systems are incredibly complex and an injury in any particular part of the spine can lead to different outcomes for different people. Brown-Sequard syndrome happens when there is an injury to one side of the spinal cord. Either the right or the left side is damaged, while the other side remains intact. This syndrome is commonly associated with puncture wounds to the spine, where only one half of the spine in a certain area is impacted by the injury. This type of spinal cord injury can have devastating affects on recovering patients. Every spinal cord injury is different, and depending upon the severity of your injury, you could be looking at a loss of fine sensory and motor skills or weakness and paralysis on one side of your body.
Brown-Sequard Syndrome Causes
A variety of different causes can lead to Brown-Sequard syndrome. Most commonly, any kind of injury that causes a puncture, but not a complete severing of the spinal cord, can lead to Brown-Sequard syndrome. If you or a loved one is suffering from Brown-Sequard syndrome due to a car accident, violent crime, medical malpractice or some other cause, it’s a good idea to speak with an attorney about your case as soon as possible. Rarely does this type of injury happen in a purely “accidental” scenario, so it’s critical to speak with a lawyer about your claim, because medical bills and lifetime expenses can really add up. Listed below are some common causes of Brown-Sequard syndrome.
Causes of Brown-Sequard Syndrome
- Car accidents
- Puncture wounds
- Assaults with weapons
- Workplace accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Spinal cord tumor
- Neck or spinal cord trauma
One of the most commonly associated symptoms of Brown-Sequard syndrome is a loss of sensory function on one side of the body. This can result in an inability to sense temperature and pain. These life-impacting symptoms can greatly diminish a person’s safety in a variety of different situations. We need for our body to be able to sense temperature and pain. If we loose that ability, we can be at risk for burns and other serious injuries that we would otherwise be able to avoid. It’s also common to have symptoms associated with weakness and paralysis on one side of the body. If the spinal cord is damaged on the left side, you can expect to have neurological problems associated with that side of your body, and vise versa. Listed below are some of the most common symptoms associated with Brown-Sequard Syndrome.
Potential Symptoms of Brown-Sequard Injury
- Loss of touch sensory abilities
- Loss of sense of pain
- Weakness or paralysis on body side of injury
- Sensory ability loss on same side of the spinal injury
- Unable to feel vibrations
- Loss of motor function
- Loss of sense of temperature
- Unable to position in three dimensions below the level of injury
As with many types of spinal cord injuries, you can expect for medical bills and lifetime recovery expenses associated with your accident to be exorbitant. Initial hospital bills are often just the tip of the iceberg. Depending upon the severity of your injury, you could be looking at weeks, months or even years of rehabilitative care and a potential for lifetime medical expenses associated with medical care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, surgical procedures and medical devices. You and your lawyer can talk about potential lifetime costs, and how to pay them.
In many cases, car accidents where there is an injury or puncture to one side of the spinal cord, can lead to Brown-Sequard syndrome. Where car accidents are concerned, it’s essential to have a personal injury lawyer on your side who can be your advocate as you recover from your injuries. You could be out of work indefinitely, or maybe you have a family member caring for you full time. Whatever your situation is, a lawyer can help to get you the compensation you need to cover medical bills and other expenses associated with your injury. After any kind of spinal cord injury caused by a car accident, your top priority should be getting in touch with a personal injury lawyer with proven experience.
If you or a loved one is suffering from Brown-Sequard Syndrome caused by the dangerous or negligent actions of another person in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact the skilled and proven Personal Injury team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for a free case consultation today.
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