New York City Back Injury
Accidents are the leading cause of back injuries. For example, victims of car accidents, falls, recreational sport accidents, construction accidents, and bike accidents commonly suffer back injuries such as slipped discs and compressed nerves. Injuries to the back are particularly debilitating. Even with immediate treatment, a back injury often means months if not years of pain and mobility challenges. As a result, victims often find it difficult to work and face financial problems. Because back injuries are frequently quite preventable as they were caused by another person’s negligence, victims do have recourse that will help offset the medical bills, decreased income and other losses. If you are in need of a personal injury attorney because your back was injured in an accident that you believe was caused by another person, the law allows you to file a claim and demand compensation. To ensure that your legal rights are protected, contact an experienced New York City back injury lawyer who will review the facts of your case and who will explain your options for filing a claim in order to receive compensation or benefits.Common causes of back injuries
While a back problem can be the result of an illness, in most cases back injuries are the result of an accident such as:
- Vehicle accident: Car, SUV and truck accidents, particularly when there is a rollover and the roof of the vehicle collapses
- Workplace accident: Particularly construction accidents where workers are at risk of falling from high elevations, jobs where workers must lift heavy boxes, or manufacturing jobs that involve repetitive motion
- Premises liability: Including falls caused by wet or slippery floors, debris on the floor, loose carpeting, or poor lighting.
- Sports and recreational activities: Where falling and violent contact is common
Types of back injuries suffered in accidents typically include broken vertebrae, muscle strains, slipped or herniated discs, compressed or pinched nerve, ligament tears, and spinal cord damage.Hypothetical
George Brinkley stopped at the gas station to fill up. The night before 4 inches of snow had fallen. After he pulled up to the pump, and started to walk toward the building to pay inside, George fell on the slippery pavement. As a result of the fall George suffered a serious back injury such that he had difficulty walking. The injury prevented him from performing his duties as a construction worker. George can file a premises liability claim against the operator of the gas station, arguing that he failed to keep the property free from hazards.Pursuing compensation for a back injury
Whether your back injury was caused by a truck accident because another driver ran through a red light, a workplace incident because you were lifting heavy boxes, or in a slip and fall accident in a parking lot, you have the legal right to pursue damages either through a personal injury claim or through a workers’ compensation claim. 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 negligent actions led to you accident, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Past and future medical expense such as hospitalization, surgery medication and physical therapy.
- Lost income and benefits such as missed paychecks, bonuses and promotions
- Pain and suffering for both your physical pain and emotional suffering
Because insurance companies will seek to minimize the amount they have to pay to victims, before speaking to the insurance company, first speak with an experienced back injury attorney serving New York City.
If you file a workers’ compensation claim with your employer because your accident occurred while you were working, you may be entitled to medical care by an approved healthcare provider, cash benefit based on average weekly wages and the level of your incapacity, and vocational counseling
Under New York law if your accident occurred in the course of working such that you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, 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.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 workers’ compensation 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 back injury attorneys helping victims in New York at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates are committed to helping seriously injured victims receive just compensation for injuries suffered in auto, truck, motorcycle, boat, construction accidents, workplace, and other types of 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.