Anterior Cord Syndrome

Spinal cord injuries are life-threatening, and regularly leave people with lifelong mobility limitations. The anterior spinal artery, which runs along the front of the spinal cord, is an important component of the blood flow for the nervous system. Injuries to the anterior artery are not as severe as direct hits to the spinal cord because they usually do not result in loss of sensory perception. They do tend to affect motor function to varying degrees, though, based on the type of fracture to the cord and the impact with which it occurs.

The most common cause of anterior cord syndrome is flexion damage, and many people who have anterior cord damage do not immediately know they have it. The symptoms listed here may suggest that you have suffered flexion or another spinal impact. Following any extreme impact to the body any of these are a sign that medical attention and legal action are essential.

  • Extreme pain or pressure in the neck, head or back
  • Tingling or loss of sensation in the hand, fingers, feet or toes
  • Partial or complete loss of control over any part of the body
  • Urinary or bowel urgency, incontinence or retention
  • Difficulty with balance and walking
  • Abnormal band-like sensations in the thorax — pain, pressure
  • Impaired breathing after injury
  • Unusual lumps on the head or spine

While only a doctor can diagnose anterior cord syndrome and identify its source, the effects of any spinal cord injury can be costly and painful. The North Carolina and South Caroline attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson have years of experience in personal injury cases and may be able to help you. If someone put you in the position of suffering this significant injury they may be liable for the costs you incur in the process of getting better. Depending on whether the accident happened in North Carolina or South Carolina, a benefits package in this situation could include compensation for medical expenses and cost of care, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability, loss of quality of life and other damages.

Whoever caused the accident that wounded your anterior cord artery may be responsible for covering your claim. If your injury was not caused by anyone else’s negligence and occurred due to natural causes or through fault of your own your health insurance policy may have provisions for you. Insurance companies stay in the black by denying claims like yours. They may seek reasons to outright deny your claim. Even if they offer to compensate you for your injuries, they may undervalue your claim.

Grimes Teich Anderson LLP represents the injured and never the insurance company. Let our experienced personal injury and wrongful death attorneys represent you. Our lawyers have handled many cases seeking benefits packages to address the costs of major medical situations. We can help you get the treatment and compensation to which you may be entitled because of anterior cord syndrome.


Are you a North or South Carolinian suffering with an anterior cord injury? Contact Grimes Teich Anderson today at (800) 533-6845 and ask for your free consultation with a personal injury attorney. You also have the option to complete a free case evaluation form online.

Grimes Teich Anderson LLP has law offices located in Spartanburg, Greenville, and Gaffney, South Carolina and Asheville, Waynesville, Rutherfordton, Spruce Pine, and Franklin, North Carolina.

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