Anterior spinal cord syndrome is a condition caused by inadequate blood flow from the heart to the front of the spinal cord. Restricted blood flow can cause damage to the spinal cord and in the majority of cases, there is no way to reverse or repair the damage once it has been done. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is a leading personal injury law firm in Illinois specializing in representing clients with spinal cord injuries. Whether your injury was the result of a car accident, medical malpractice or an act of negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.
Causes and Symptoms of Anterior Cord Syndrome
Trauma that causes damage to the aorta, which supplies the anterior cord with blood, is the primary cause of Anterior Cord Syndrome, but it has also been known to occur during medical procedures where pressure is placed on the patient's chest and his or her blood oxygen is not properly monitored during the operation. A crushing blow to the chest or bone fragments created during an accident account for the majority of anterior cord injuries. Symptoms of an injury to the anterior spinal cord include the following.
- Loss of sensitivity to heat, cold or pain. In many cases, the basic sense of touch may be unaffected and the victim is able to touch and feel while being unable to tell if an object is hot or cold and unable to sense the pain from a pin prick.
- Muscular weakness from the point of the injury downward. Because the spinal cord is the means by which the brain communicates with the rest of the body, damage to the spine will ultimately affect motor function.
- Partial or complete paralysis.
Only ten to fifteen percent of patients with anterior cord syndrome have a positive prognosis while the rest are incurable and require special care for the rest of their lives. Ongoing medical care and therapy can be extremely expensive but these costs can often be recovered by filing a lawsuit if the injury was the result of some form of negligence or malpractice. Finding a qualified spinal cord injury attorney is an important step in ensuring that you are compensated for the cost of your medical care, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Our Commitment to Our Clients
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is committed to representing the best interests of our clients throughout Illinois and our lawyers have extensive experience and a successful track record in spinal cord injury cases. Anterior Cord Syndrome is a life changing condition and you have enough to worry about without the added financial burden that accompanies ongoing medical care and therapy. If you have been injured, contact us for a free consultation so that we can review your case and inform you of your rights. We will never ask you for payment upfront and if we are unable to collect or settle on your behalf, our services are free of charge.