Long Island Spinal Cord Injury
A spinal cord injury, also referred to as a spinal injury, occurs when a traumatic event results in damage to cells within the spinal cord or nerves that are inside the spinal column. The most common types of spinal cord injury include the bruising of the spinal cord and compression of the spinal cord. Other types of injuries include lacerations, meaning the tearing of some nerve fibers and damage to the corticospinal tracts of the cervical region of the spinal cord. A severe spinal cord injury often causes paralysis. Other symptoms of a spinal cord injury include pain or sensitivity to stimuli, muscle spasms, and sexual dysfunction. In addition, victims who suffer spinal cord injuries are likely to develop secondary medical problems, such as bladder infections and respiratory problems. If you sustained a spinal cord injury due to the negligence of another person, contact an experienced Long Island Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer who will review your case and help you receive damages that will compensate you for your medical expenses and other losses you suffered as a result of the accident.Common causes of spinal cord injuries
For those who are under the age of 65, the leading cause of spinal cord injuries is a vehicle accident such as a car accident, truck accident and motorcycle accident. For people who are 65 and older, falls cause most spinal cord injuries. Other causes include:
- Construction accidents
- Diving accidents
- Electric shock
- Bullet or stab wounds
- Sports injuries
There are two different kinds of spinal cord injuries, partial and complete. When an injury is complete, there is a complete loss of function below the point of injury. This could involve paralysis of all four limbs (quadriplegia) or two limbs (paraplegia). People who experience a partial injury may be able to move one limb or another, or have more feeling on one side of the body than the other. The consequences of these injuries are devastating, and can cause a myriad of complications such as breathing problems, low blood pressure, reduced body temperature and chronic pain.
Other types of injury to the spinal cord include:
- Compression fractures
- Bulging discs
- Herniated discs
- Severed spinal cord
Spinal injuries can be not only physically challenging, but can also cause financial distress. Not only do you have to deal with the initial medical expense of surgery, you may also face an unending stream of expenses to deal with the after effects of a severe spinal cord injury. If your spinal injury is the result of another person’s negligence, then under New York law you have the right to file a claim against the negligent party and demand compensation for your losses. There are many factors that will determine the amount of compensation to which you are entitled and the type of compensation. These factors include:
- The type of injuries you suffered
- The cost of medical care including emergency room treatment, hospital fees, surgical fees, doctor’s bills, prescriptions, special medical equipment, and rehabilitation costs.
- Loss of wages and loss of future income caused by a long term or permanent disability.
- Non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.
It is important to understand that New York law has a specific time limit for filing a claim in a spinal cord injury case. This time limit is referred to as the statute of limitations. If you do not file your claim within the time period, you will be forever barred from collecting damages even if your case has merit. In addition, if the party responsible for your injury was a government entity such as New York State or Nassau County, then there are special procedures you must follow to file a claim.Long Island Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that resulted in a spinal cord injury, contact an experienced attorney who understands both the legal issues associated with personal injury cases as well as the medical issues associated with injuries to the spine. Stephen Bilkis and Associates is experienced in handling personal injury and wrongful death cases stemming from auto, truck, motorcycle, boat, and construction accidents. Contact us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We serve those injured in accidents in the following locations: