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Long Island Back Injury

Injuring your back is hard enough, but if your injury was caused because of someone else's careless or reckless acts it makes it even more difficult to take. A painful back or spinal cord injury permeates every aspect of your life causing everyday tasks to become exceedingly difficult. Your finances are affected, because you are likely contending with large medical bills, while you are no longer able to work. These injuries can arise unexpectedly, yet linger for an extended period of time. A serious bike accident, car accident, or work-related mishap such as a scaffold accident can cause a serious injury to your back or spine. If you are struggling with a serious back injury, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an experienced Long Island back injury lawyer from the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates to discuss your case. We are here to fight for your legal rights.

Symptoms of a back injury

There are several types of back injuries. Some injuries affect the muscles and bones in the back while others affect the spinal column or the spinal cord. Common types of back injuries include: muscle strains or ligament sprains, vertebral fractures, herniated discs, and spinal compression. There are also several different types of paralysis that result from damage to the spinal cord such as paraplegia, quadriplegia, and monoplegia.

While a common symptom of a back injury is pain in the back, there are other symptoms that are might be surprising. For example, shortness of breath can be a sign of a back injury, as can abdominal pain, incontinence, and vision problems. Symptoms vary depending on the specific type of back injury and the individual victim. This is one reason that it is important to see a doctor after an accident. Other signs of back injury include chest pain or pressure, a stiff neck, nausea or vomiting, fluid from the nose or ear, irregular heartbeat, numbness in arms, legs or shoulders.

Pursuing compensation for a back injury

Back injuries are often debilitating. Despite treatment, back injuries can leave victims with chronic pain and limited mobility. This may mean that you will miss a substantial amount of work or that you will have to find a job that pays less.

If your back injury was the result of an accident that was caused by another person's negligence, holding the negligent person accountable by filing a personal injury claim is the best way to address the financial losses that you are facing. As a back injury attorney in Long Island will explain, through a personal injury lawsuit you can demand compensation for a number of different types of losses.

  • Medical expenses. Emergency room services, orthopedic surgeon, other specialists, hospital stay, surgery, MRI, chiropractor, physical therapist, prescriptions and rehabilitation.
  • Lost income. Paychecks you miss as well as the value of sick and vacation days that you used during your recovery. Loss of self-employment income.
  • Loss of future earning capacity. Difference between the amount of money you expected to earn in your lifetime prior to the injury and the amount that you will now be able to earn after the injury.
  • Pain and suffering. The physical and mental suffering that you endure are also compensable in a personal injury lawsuit.

If your injury was the result of a workplace accident, you may not be permitted to file a personal injury lawsuit. However, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Most employers in New York are required to carry workers' compensation insurance that provide benefits to employees who are injured while working. Benefits are somewhat different front what would be available through a personal injury claim. Workers' compensation benefits include medical care for the back injury and any other injuries sustained in the workplace accident. Benefits also include a cash payment during the time that the injured worker is unable to return to work.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that left you with a back injury, you should contact an experienced back injury attorney serving Long Island who understands both the legal issues associated with personal injury cases as well as the medical implications of back injuries. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates are 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.

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