Long Island Spinal Injury

The spine is a critical part of the human anatomy. It helps support the weight of the human body and helps us move. The spinal column protects the nerves that provide communication between the brain and the rest of the body. While an injury to any part of the spine can be quite serious and lead to decreased mobility and pain, a serious injury to the spinal cord can leave the victim paralyzed. There are several different types of paralysis including, paraplegia and quadriplegia. In addition to having to cope with loss of mobility, paralysis causes numerous additional medical problems since the spinal cord is responsible for a variety of bodily functions including breathing, bowel and bladder control, body temperature regulation, and sexual functioning. These secondary medical problems along with treating the spinal injury itself will lead to a lifetime of significant medical expenses. If you are living with a serious injury to your spine that you sustained in an accident, the Long Island spinal injury lawyers at Stephen Bilkis & Associates are here to help. You may be entitled to compensation from the person whose negligence caused your injury, or from other sources.

Common causes of spinal injuries

A spinal cord injury can happen to anyone at virtually any time in a variety of situations. However, a spinal cord injury is often caused by a traumatic injury or blow to the spine. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, the leading cause of spinal injuries is the vehicle accident. Other leading causes include falls, acts of violence such as bullet wounds or stab wounds, and sports injuries such as diving accidents.

In addition, medical malpractice accounts for some spinal cord injuries. For example, permanent damage to the spinal cord can be caused by errors that occur during surgical procedures involving the back and the neck.

Symptoms of a spinal injury vary. Some symptoms may not be apparent until days, weeks or even months after your accident. If you experience any of the following symptoms following an accident, you may have suffered damage to your spinal cord dizziness, back pain, neck pain, headaches, incontinence, loss of coordination, nausea, muscle spasms, and numbness or tingling in hands, feet, fingers or toes.

Pursuing a claim

Damage to the spine, particularly to the spinal cord, usually causes a variety of physical impairments, including a loss of motor function, breathing problems, bowel and bladder incontinence, or the inability to regulate blood pressure. Furthermore, victims who suffer injuries to the spine often experience emotional suffering including feelings of depression sadness, feeling of hopelessness, and anger. Treatment of the physical issues as well as the emotional issues related to a spinal cord injury is expensive. In fact, living with a severe spinal cord injury can cost over $1 million in the first year alone.

Fortunately, as a spinal injury attorney in New York will explain, New York law allows injured victims to demand compensation from the negligent person who caused the injury. Through a personal injury claim you can demand compensation such as medical bills. Particularly if the spinal injury results in paraplegia or quadriplegia, the medical bills for the first year of treatment will be substantial. You can also demand payment for income you loss when you were unable to work while recovering. Furthermore, pain and suffering is also a compensable loss.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

If you or a loved one was injured in an accident due to another person’s negligence that resulted in a serious spinal injury, contact an experienced spinal injury attorney serving Long Island who understands both the legal issues associated with personal injury cases as well as the medical issues associated with spinal injuries. The spine is one of the most complex parts of the body. Understand the medical issues and explaining them to a jury are skills that only an experienced spinal injury lawyer would have. The staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & 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 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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