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New York Central Cord Syndrome

Central cord syndrome is an injury to the spinal cord that involves damage to the center of the spinal cord. This type of spinal injury typically involves paralysis to the arms and hands, but can also involve loss of some movement in the legs. While there are many causes of central cord syndrome, the most common is an accident in which the victim falls. Victims of such injuries not only face health problems, but also face financial challenges due to substantial medical bills and rehabilitation expenses that last for the victim’s lifetime. If you sustained a central cord syndrome injury because another person was negligent, contact an experienced New York central cord syndrome lawyer who will review your case and help you file a personal injury claim in order to receive damages based on your past and future medical bills as well as your other out-of-pocket expenses and losses related to the injury.

Causes and symptoms of central cord syndrome injury

One of the leading causes of spinal cord injuries including those that result in central cord syndrome is a slip and fall accident or some other type of accident that results in high-force trauma to the spinal cord. In older victims, central cord syndrome is often cause by a hyperextension injury. Symptoms of central cord syndrome include:

  • Upper and lower extremity weakness
  • Varying degrees of sensory loss
  • Pain and temperature sensations
  • Neck pain and urinary retention
Treatment of central cord syndrome

Many victims who suffer central cord syndrome have some recovery of neurological function. However, extensive treatment is required. Physical therapy is required to preserve the victim’s range of motion, to enhance mobility, and to strengthen lower extremity musculature. Because of upper body weakness, occupational therapy is required to help restore the basic activities of daily living. Speech therapy will be necessary if the victim suffered dysphasia. Recreational therapy helps victims return to recreational activities that enjoyed prior to the injury. Such therapies coupled with medical treatment will result in substantial medical bills. Furthermore, such an injury will likely cause you to miss a substantial amount of work, or you may not be to return to work at all.

However, as a New York central cord syndrome lawyer will explain, under New York law if your spinal injury is the result of another person’s negligence, 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.
  • The amount of income and compensation that you lost due to missing work, as well as the amount that your future income will be limited if your injury is long-term or permanent.
  • The non-economic damages you suffer such as pain and suffering. Typically the more severe the injury the higher the pain and suffering award.

As experienced central cord syndrome attorneys in New York, we know that defendants often try to blame the victim in an effort to avoid facing financial liability. We are here to make sure that does not happen.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

If you suffered a spinal injury that resulted in central cord syndrome, contact an experienced central cord syndrome attorney serving New York who understands both the legal issues associated with personal injury cases as well as the medical issues associated with spinal cord injuries. The staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates has the knowledge, skill and resources to help you file a claim for damages in order to help you secure the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.

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