Manhattan Spinal Injury

Spinal injury involves damage to the bundle of nerves that are inside the spinal column that results in full or partial loss of motor control and sensation. In other words, a spinal cord injury could lead to paralysis. Spinal cord injuries can lead to paraplegia, which is paralysis in the lower parts of the body. Such injuries could also lead to quadriplegia which is paralysis to all four limbs. In addition to having to cope with the inability to move limbs, paralysis causes a myriad of additional physical problems since the spinal cord is responsible for a range of bodily functions including breathing, bladder control, body temperature regulation, and sexual functioning. Such medical problems lead to a lifetime of substantial medical bills. If you or a loved one was injured in an accident due to another person's negligence, it is important that you immediately contact an experienced Manhattan Spinal Injury Lawyer who will review the details of the accident and help you pursue a personal injury lawsuit to recover damages for your injuries.

Common causes of spinal injuries

A spinal cord injury is typically 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, 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 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:

  • Extreme back pain
  • Pressure in your back, head or neck
  • Weakness or paralysis in any part of your body
  • Lack of coordination
  • Tingling in your hands, fingers, feet or toes
  • Numbness or loss of sensation in your hands, fingers, feet or toes
  • Incontinence
  • Difficulty walking
  • Impaired breathing
  • Twisted neck or back
  • Muscle spasms

If you have experienced any of these symptoms, you should see a doctor immediately. Severe spinal cord injuries can lead to paraplegia or quadriplegia. Paraplegia is the complete paralysis of the trunk and lower extremities, while quadriplegia is the complete paralysis of the trunk and all four extremities.

Pursuing a claim

A spinal damage typically creates substantial physical impairments, as in a loss of motor function, loss of ability to breathe, lack of bowel and bladder function or the inability to regulate blood pressure. Spinal injury can often produce a dramatic emotional change as well, like a feeling of hopelessness, depression or denial. Spinal injury may require significant medical treatment and physical, mental and occupational rehabilitation. Enduring considerable medical treatment and rehabilitation usually creates added stress and strain through high medical bills, physical, mental and emotional distress, loss of wages and dealing with a complex legal system. Fortunately, New York law allows injured victims to pursue compensation through a personal injury claim. Such compensation may include:

  • 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 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 the value of sick or vacation days you had to use while recovering as well as in other type of compensation and benefits that you lost.
  • 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.
Manhattan Spinal Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that resulted in a spinal injury, contact an experienced attorney who understands both the legal issues associated with personal injury cases as well as the medical issues associated with spinal injuries. The staff at 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:

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