Spinal cord injuries are common in car wrecks. Some of these injuries could be relatively less severe, but all of them more of less affect the life of the victim.
If you suffer a spinal cord injury from a car accident, you should seek medical attention immediately, get a proper diagnosis, the right treatment, and pursue compensation for your losses. Here’s a look at a few spinal cord injuries one may suffer from a car accident.
Anterior Cord Syndrome
This type of injury occurs when the blood flow to the front of the spinal cord gets interrupted. Also referred to as anterior spinal artery syndrome, this type of injury is common in St. Louis car wrecks. A common symptom of this injury is numbness in the area below the point of injury in the spine. The victim may experience complete loss of muscle activity in that area. Because this type of injury affects only the front of the spinal cord, the injured person may still have some sensation in the affected area, including the ability to recognize touch below the point of injury. Anterior cord syndrome is not completely curable, but with the right treatment, the victim can experience some improvement.
Central Cord Syndrome
This type of injury occurs when blood flow to the central part of the spinal cord gets interrupted. This may occur if the neck is hyperextended. Some common symptoms include loss of movement in the legs, feet, hands and arms. In most cases, the victim’s hands and arms get affected. In some cases, the victim may experience loss of bladder control as well. Common treatment options for central cord syndrome include surgery, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. The victim may need long-term hospitalization. Even then complete recovery is not guaranteed.
Posterior Cord Syndrome
This type of injury affects the back part of the spinal cord, and is relatively less common than the other types of spinal cord injuries. Because the back part of the spinal cord is mainly responsible for sensory information, a victim of posterior cord syndrome may have a problem with sensory input, but their motor functions are usually normal.
If blood flow to either the left or the right side of the spinal cord gets affected, a victim is likely suffering Brown-Sequard Syndrome. Only one side of the body (left or right) experiences loss of movement, while the other side retains its usual ability to move or maintain motor function. However, some victims may experience loss of sensation in the other side of the body as well. Brown-Sequard-Syndrome (BSS) is also referred to as partial spinal sensory syndrome, hemisection of the spinal cord, spastic spinal monoplegia syndrome, and hemiparaplegic syndrome.
Cauda Equina Lesion
This type of injury occurs when the cauda equine or the nerve roots at the base of the spine gets injured. If you suffer this type injury, your doctor may recommend an immediate surgery to get the nerves back to proper working condition. If properly done, the surgery can help avoid the long-term consequences of cauda equina lesion.
Seeking Legal Advice From a St. Louis Injury Lawyer
If you suffer a spinal cord injury from a car accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, you should talk to an experienced St. Louis car wreck lawyer to learn more about your legal rights and your right to financial compensation.