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Bronx Anterior Cord Syndrome Injury

A spinal cord injury is damage to the spinal cord such as a bruise, lesion, or cut that either temporarily or permanently causes changes in its function. Depending on the severity of the damage, there can be a loss of muscle function, loss of sensation, or loss of autonomic function in parts of the body. Anterior spinal cord syndrome is a type of injury to the spinal cord where the blood flow is interrupted in the artery that runs along the front anterior portion of the spinal cord. One common reason for this type of interruption in blood flow is a traumatic injury to the vertebrae. Causes for such a trauma to the spinal cord includes vehicle accidents such a car accident, truck accident or a motorcycle accident. Other common injuries in such accidents injury a brain injury, head injury and neck injury. In addition, medical malpractice such as a surgical error can leave a patient with this type of spinal cord injury. Victims of such injuries not only face health problems, but also face financial challenges due to substantial medical bills. If you sustained a spinal cord injury that lead to anterior cord syndrome due to the negligence of another person, contact an experienced Bronx Anterior Cord Syndrome Injury Lawyer who will review your case and help you file a personal injury claim. Whether your injury was sustained in a car accident, truck accident, slip and fall or by another type of negligence, you may be entitled to receive damages that will compensate you for your medical expenses and other losses you suffered as a result of the accident.

Common Causes of Anterior Cord Syndrome

Anterior cord syndrome is usually caused by direct trauma to the aorta, which supplies the anterior spinal artery. In addition, bone fragments or a herniated disc can compress the artery, leading to anterior cord syndrome. Some of the causes of trauma that leads to anterior cord syndrome include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Gunshot and stab wounds
  • Construction accidents such as ladder, scaffold and crane accidents
  • Medical malpractice such as surgical complications
Pursuing a Personal Injury Claim

An anterior cord syndrome injury carries a poor prognosis for functional improvement. According to the National Institutes of Health, typically there is an only 10-20% chance of muscle recovery. Spinal injuries can be not only physically challenging, but can also cause financial distress. Not only do you have to deal with the initial medical expense of surgery, you may also face an unending stream of expenses to deal with the after effects of a severe spinal cord injury. If your spinal injury is the result of another person’s negligence, then under New York law you have the right to file a claim against the negligent party and demand compensation for your losses. There are many factors that will determine the amount of compensation to which you are entitled and the type of compensation. These factors include:

  • The type of injuries you suffered
  • The cost of medical care including emergency room treatment, hospital fees, surgical fees, doctor’s bills, prescriptions, special medical equipment, and rehabilitation costs.
  • Loss of wages and loss of future income caused by a long term or permanent disability.
  • Non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.

It is important to understand that New York law has a specific time limit for filing a claim in a spinal cord injury case. This time limit is referred to as the statute of limitations. If you do not file your claim within the time period, you will be forever barred from collecting damages even if your case has merit. In addition, if the party responsible for your injury was a government entity such as New York State or Nassau County, then there are special procedures you must follow to file a claim.

Bronx Anterior Cord Syndrome Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that resulted in a spinal cord injury such as anterior cord syndrome, contact an experienced attorney who understands both the legal issues associated with personal injury cases as well as the medical issues associated with injuries to the spine. Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC is experienced in handling personal injury and wrongful death cases stemming from auto, truck, motorcycle, boat, and construction accidents. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case.