Long Island Spinal Injury
A spinal injury refers to an injury to the bones that make up the spinal column or the nerves inside of the spinal column that make up the spinal cord. 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 or a loved one suffered a spinal injury in an accident due to another person's negligence, it is important that you immediately contact an experienced Long Island personal injury lawyer who will review the details of the accident and help you pursue a personal injury lawsuit to recover damages for your losses.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, common causes of spinal cord injury are:
- 42.1%- vehicular
- 26.7%- falls
- 15.1%- violence
- 7.6%- sports
In addition, paraplegia 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 spinal injuries
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, 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: A serious injury to your spine may result in substantial medical bills. Through a personal injury claim you may be able to recover expenses for medical treatment, your hospital stay, prescriptions, rehabilitation and visits to your doctors.
- Loss of income: If your spinal injury is serious you may not be able to return to work for days, weeks, or even months. You will be entitled to recover compensation for the income you lost while recovering from your injuries. Loss of income includes not only loss of your paychecks. It also includes lost benefits such as sick and vacation days and loss of self-employment income.
- Pain and suffering: You may also be able to recover compensation for the pain and suffering that you suffered as a result of the accident.
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 attorney 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.