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Brooklyn Back Injury

If you have ever suffered any type of injury to your back, you are familiar with the pain this injury causes. These injuries truly decrease your quality of life, and often make the smallest movement a painful chore. 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 medical malpractice. Back injuries are also caused in the workplace when a worker engages in repetitive activity such as lifting, twisting, reaching or bending. While some back injury victims experience severe pain, in other cases back injuries result in paralysis or lead to death. If you are in need of a personal injury attorney because your back was injured in an accident due to the negligence of another person, contact an experienced Brooklyn back injury attorney 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

Back injuries are among the most painful types of injuries. They also make performing activities of daily living difficult. In addition, back and spinal cord injuries are complex. The spine is made up of a column of over 30 different bones that protect nerves. The spine is also made up of discs that absorb shock and allow the spine to be flexible. Back injuries can involve damage to the bones or vertebrae, the discs, or the nerves that make up the spinal cord. Types of back injuries include strains, sprains, bulging discs, herniated discs, slipped discs, fractured vertebrae, and nerve damage.

Symptoms of back injuries include:

  • Pain in the back, buttocks, thighs, calves or feet
  • Muscle spasms
  • Stiff neck or pain in the neck
  • Bladder or bowel problems
  • Abdominal pain
  • Difficulty in lifting objects
  • Difficulty in sleeping

When there is damage to the back, the pain can make it difficult or impossible to work, perform activities of daily living, sleep, or spend time with friends and family.

For example, Harry worked as a salesman for a tile company. Part of his responsibilities was to attend trade shows. One day while setting the company's booth for a trade show, Harry had to lift several heavy boxes filled with samples of ceramic tiles. At one point he felt a sharp pain in his back. It was difficult for him to walk. The pain was constant. Harry suffered a lumbar strain which involves damage to the muscles and tendons in his lower back as a result of heavy lifting.

Pursuing compensation for a back injury

Treatment for a back injury can involve surgery, medication, chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, physical therapy, and pain management. Such treatment is quite expensive and can last for weeks, months or even years. In fact victims of back injuries often have chronic pain and loss of mobility such that they have to endure treatment for the rest of their lives. For many victims this means that they are unable to work for an extended period of time. For others, the back injury is so severe and so painful that they are not able to return to work at all, or are not able to work at the same job as they did prior to the accident. Thus, victims often find that their income is limited.

Through a personal injury lawsuit you have the right to demand that the person whose negligence caused the accident compensate you for the losses you suffered. This means that you can seek compensation to cover your medical expenses—not only the medical bills you accumulated at the time that you file your claim, but also the medical bills that you will have in the future. Furthermore, you can demand that the negligent party compensate you for the income you lost. This includes the paychecks that you did not receive because you were recovering from your injuries. It also means the value of the sick days or vacation days that you used while recovering as well as loss of future earning capacity.

The Law Office of Stephen Bilkis & Associates is here to help

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates has years of experience successfully representing clients in New York courts who have suffered serious back injuries in car, SUV, truck, bicycle, motorcycle, boat, slip and fall, workplace and construction accidents. We work closely with experts to ensure that you get the maximum compensation the law will allow to compensate you for losses. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free case evaluation. 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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