Spinal Cord Impingement


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Think of the spinal cord as your body’s central high voltage line that supplies all the secondary lines throughout your body. If our bodies are machines, the spinal cord and nervous system is the electrical system that powers that machine. The nerve cells in our spinal cord are extremely sensitive. Nature has taken extraordinary steps to protect our sensitive spinal cords by encasing them within the bones of our vertebrae and placing them out of harms way on our back. However, sometimes even the wonderful design of nature cannot protect us from all dangers of the outside world. If the neurons in your spinal cord are damaged, they do not grow back. The result can be paralysis, neurological dysfunction, extreme pain or incontinence. The patient’s life will be changed forever.

If a doctor fails to diagnose a spinal cord impingement or actually causes an impingement by an action the doctor takes, that patient can claim compensation for medical costs, lost income, and pain and suffering.

At Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard, we have extensive experience in cases involving spinal cord injuries and medical negligence. Our firm is aggressive and skilled at trial advocacy. Our attorneys have the legal knowledge and medical resources needed to win for our clients. Our goal is to help each client obtain the medical care and compensation they need to rebuild their lives.

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What Causes Spinal Cord Impingement?

Spinal cord impingements are generally caused by either external (outside the body) factors or internal (inside the body factors). There are all sorts of events or conditions that can cause a spinal cord impingement. What they all have in common is that they must be immediately recognized and treated to avoid permanent damage. Some of the causes of spinal cord impingement include:

  • An external trauma from an accident can rupture a disc and put pressure on the spinal cord.
  • Many doctors treat patients for chronic back or neck pain with epidural injections where a long needle is injected into the epidural space right next to the spinal cord. If this needle is misplaced it can strike the cord and cause damage.
  • A hematoma (a blood clot) can form which places pressure on the spinal cord.
  • An infection or tumor can place pressure on nerve cells within the spinal cord.
  • A disease such as osteoarthritis, Paget’s disease, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, ankylosing spondylitis or a developmental defect present at birth can cause cauda equina syndrome, leading to acute loss of function of the lumbar plexus.

Compensation for Victims of Medical Negligence

In these situations, the medical provider has a responsibility to accurately diagnose the problem and prescribe and provide the correct treatment.

When our firm represents you, our attorneys will consult with appropriate medical experts such as neurologists, orthopedic specialists, oncologists and others. These professionals will review the medical records and identify how the medical provider failed to meet the standard of care.

If your doctor has failed to diagnose a spinal cord injury or actually caused spinal cord damage through negligence, you have rights. Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard will seek maximum compensation for you.

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