Bronx Back Injury
A back injury can be quite debilitating, making it difficult to work or independently perform activities of daily living. Each year countless people suffer back injuries from trauma suffering in an accident. The most common types of accidents include a car accident, motorcycle accident, construction accident , slip and fall accident, and use of defective products. In other cases the back injury is caused not by sudden trauma but from repetitive action such as twisting, bending or reaching. As a result of an injury to the back, the victim may experience chronic pain, tingling, or numbness. In the most severe cases a back injury can lead to paralysis or death. If your back was injured in an accident due to the negligence of another person, contact an experienced Bronx Back Injury Lawyer who will review the facts of your case and who will explain your legal options for receiving compensation for the expenses related to your injury.Symptoms of a back injury
There are many types of back injuries including herniated disks, broken vertebrae, and ligament damage. Depending on the type of back injury and its severity the are a number of different symptoms that you may have suffered an injury to your back. An obvious symptom is pain or stiffness in the back or neck. However, pain in your head, shoulders, arms or legs could also mean that you have a back or spinal cord injury.
Other symptoms of back injury include vomiting, fluid from the mouth, ear or nose, confusion, loss of bladder or bowel control and convulsions or seizures.
While symptoms of back injury usually appear immediately after the accident, there are cases in which symptoms do not appear right away. This is one reason that is important to see a medical professional immediately after you have been in an accident.Pursuing compensation for a back injury
Back injuries can be quite complex. In some cases victims of back injuries experience difficult mobility and pain, and require treatment for years after the accident. The good news is that under New York law those who suffered back injuries because of another person's negligence have the right to seek payment from that negligent person for medical expenses and other compensable losses.
- Medical expenses: The type and severity of your back injury will determine the amount of medical expenses you incur. For example, a herniated disk may require surgery which will cost thousands of dollars. Treatment for a back injury may also require x-rays, physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, and pain medication.
- Lost wages. Depending on the severity of your injury and the work you do, you may not be able to return to work for an extended period of time. You can demand payment for the time you miss from work due to the injury you suffered in the accident.
- Loss of future earning capacity. Because back injuries can be debilitating victims sometimes cannot return to the same jobs they had prior to the accident. Sadly, for some victims a back injury means the end of a career. This may also mean that the amount of money that the victim would have earned in the future is now greatly limited. Victims can demand compensation for the future earnings they will not be able to earn.
- Pain and suffering. The law also allows you to recovery money for the physical and emotional pain you suffered due to the accident and your injuries.
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that left you with a back injury, you should contact an experienced attorney who understands both the legal issues associated with personal injury cases as well as the medical implications of back injuries. The staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates is experienced in handling personal injury 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. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.