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New York Complete Injuries

There are many types of spinal cord injuries, all of which can generally be classified as complete injuries or incomplete injuries. A “complete” spinal cord injury is an injury that leaves the victim with the complete loss of function below the point of the injury. On the other hand, an “incomplete” injury refers to a spinal cord injury that leaves the victim with some feeling or movement below the point of injury. Just like a brain injury, neck injury or head injury, the vast majority of complete spinal cord injuries are caused by trauma from an accident such as a car accident, a slip and fall accident, a sports injury such as falling while horseback riding, or from an assault. Sadly, many complete spinal cord injuries could have been avoided as they were caused by the negligence of another person. In addition to facing health challenges, those who suffer spinal injuries often must face serious financial challenges because of the inability to return to work. However, New York law allows those injured due to the negligence of another person or entity to seek damages from that person. If you sustained a complete spinal cord injury due to the negligence or intentional act of another person or entity, contact an experienced New York complete injuries lawyer who has the resources and skill to help you hold the negligent party accountable through a personal injury lawsuit.

Types of complete injuries

A complete spinal cord injury is an injury that results in no movement below the point of the injury. There are several types of paralysis that may be complete or incomplete, depending on the severity of the damage to the spinal cord.

  • Complete quadriplegia: Complete and permanent loss of function in arms and legs.
  • Complete paraplegia: Complete and permanent loss of function in the legs and lower torso
Pursuing compensation for a spinal cord injury

If you have a complete spinal cord injury as a result of an accidental or intentional act of another person, as a New York complete injuries lawyer will explain, under New York law you have the right to pursue compensation through a personal injury claim. Victims who suffer from complete spinal cord injuries typically have significant medical bills. Such bills include not only emergency room and hospital bills related to treatment immediately after the accident, but also include what is often long-term rehabilitation required to help the victim be able to regain muscle strength and the ability to perform activities of daily living. In addition, because spinal cord injury victims often have to miss a great deal of work or are unable to return to work at all, victims have the right to sue for lost wages and for diminished future earning capacity.

Depending on how your injured occurred, who was at fault, and where your injury occurred, there may be other sources of compensation and benefits. For example, as a complete injuries attorney serving New York will explain, if the injury occurred at work, you may be entitled to benefits from workers’ compensation.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that resulted in a complete spinal cord injury, contact an experienced complete injuries attorney serving New York who understands both the legal issues associated with New York personal injury cases as well as the medical issues associated with injuries to the spine. The attorney at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates have decades of experience handling personal injury cases stemming from auto, truck, motorcycle, boat, and construction accidents, as well as wrongful death, product liability and medical malpractice claims. Contact us at 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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