Manhattan Back Injury

Back injuries are among the top injuries that victims suffer in accidents such as car accidents, SUV rollover accidents, truck accidents, bicycle accidents, construction accidents, and slip and fall accidents. Injuries to the back are particularly difficult because the often lead to lifelong back problems including chronic or intermittent pain and difficult mobility. Even with treatment such as surgery, pain medication and physical therapy, back injuries often leave victims with persistent problems. If your back was injured in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation that will help you pay for your medical expenses and other losses related to the accident. To ensure that your legal rights are protected, contact an experienced Manhattan back injury lawyer who will review the facts of your case and who will explain your legal options for filing a personal injury claim or workers’ compensation claim.

Common causes of back injuries

Back injuries are one of the most common injuries suffered in a variety of types of accidents and activities. The most common causes of back injuries include:

  • Car, SUV and truck accidents, particularly when there is a rollover
  • Construction accidents, for example, when a victim falls from a height
  • Heavy lifting of boxes or equipment
  • Repetitive motion can cause a back injury over time
  • Falls due to watery or slippery floors, debris on the floor, loose carpeting, or poor lighting.
  • Sports and recreational activity injuries
Types of back injuries
  • Broken vertebrae
  • Muscle strain
  • Disc injuries such as herniated discs
  • Compressed nerve
  • Ligament tears
  • Spinal cord damaging causing paralysis
Hypothetical

William Nelson drove to his local grocery store to get ingredients for dinner. The night before 4 inches of snow had fallen. After he parked his car and walked to the store, William fell on the slippery pavement in the parking lot. As a result of the fall William suffered a serious back injury that left him with chronic back pain and limited mobility, and prevented him from perform his duties as a construction worker.

Pursuing compensation for a back injury

Whether your back injury was caused by a car accident because another driver was speeding, a workplace incident because you were lifting heavy boxes, or in a slip and fall accident at a grocery store, you have the legal right to pursue compensation either through a personal injury claim or through workers’ compensation. The type of compensation that you will be entitled to receive depends on the specifics of your case as well as the type of claim you file.

If you file a personal injury claim against the person whose negligence led to you accident, you may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Lost income and benefits, and loss of future earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering

If you file a workers’ compensation claim with your employer because your accident occurred while you were working, you may be entitled to the following benefits:

  • Medical care
  • Cash benefit based on average weekly wages
  • Vocational training

Under New York law if your accident occurred in the course of working such that you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. With few exceptions, you would not also have the right to pursue compensation by filing a personal injury claim due to the exclusive remedy provision in the workers’ compensation law.

If your back injury is so debilitating that you are permanently unable to work, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

If you were injured in an accident that left you with a back injury you may be entitled to compensation or benefits. Immediately contact an experienced attorney who understands both the legal issues associated with personal injury cases as well as the medical implications of back injuries. The staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates is experienced in handling personal injury 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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