Queens Spinal Cord Injury
A spinal cord industry can be one of the most catastrophic injuries that a victim can suffer. A severe spinal cord industry could me paralysis. Depending on what part of the body is affected, being paralyzed could mean a loss of independence. It may also affect your interpersonal relationships. On top of that, you may not be able to pursue the career you always wanted. Unfortunately, most spinal cord injuries are completely preventable as they were caused by accidents due to another person’s negligence. For example, car accidents are one of the leading causes of spinal cord injuries. Falls are also a common cause of spinal cord injuries. Regardless of the type of accident that caused your spinal cord injury, if the accident occurred because another person was negligent, then that person should have to pay you compensation for the losses you suffered. If you are in need of a personal injury lawyer because you sustained in injury to your spinal cord because another person was negligent, immediately contact a Queens spinal cord injury attorney who will review your case and work aggressively on your behalf to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation based on the facts of your case.Common causes of spinal cord injuries
While there are nontraumatic causes of damage to the spinal cord such as cancer, inflammation, arthritis and infection, damage to the spinal cord can also be caused by trauma. Trauma that crushes, dislocates or factures the spine may also cause damage to the spinal cord. Similarly, trauma that penetrates the spine such as a knife wound or gunshot may also cause irreversible damage to the spinal cord.
According to the Mayo Clinic the leading causes of trauma to spinal cord are auto accidents, falls, criminal acts, and sports injuries.
- Auto accidents. Car, SUV, minivan, truck accidents are the leading cause of traumatic injury to the spinal cord. The speed at which vehicle travel, coupled with their weight make it likely that occupants of the vehicle will be severely tossed about, thrown from the vehicle, or crushed.
- Falls. Slip and fall accidents, construction site falls, and stairway falls are another leading cause of injuries to the spinal cord. According to the Mayo Clinic, among people who are over the age of 65, falls are the leading cause of injuries to the spine.
- Criminal acts. Another common cause of traumatic injuries to the spinal cord is an act of violence. For example, a gunshot wound to the back could sever the spinal cord. Similarly, a knife could cause severe damage to the spinal cord.
- Recreation injuries. Diving and playing football are recreational activities that often leave victims with damage to the spinal cord. Injuries to the spine occur when diving in water that is too shallow, or where there is a hidden obstruction in the water. In the case of football head to head collisions, or tackles where the victim is thrown to the ground can lead to damage to the spinal cord and paralysis.
While the most severe injuries to the spinal cord are quadriplegia (legs and arms paralyzed) and paraplegia (lower half of body including legs paralyzed), there are other types of injuries including triplegia, anterior cord syndrome, central cord syndrome and Brown-Sequard syndrome.
- Triplegia: Paralysis of three limbs. For example, a triplegic may experience paralysis in one arm and both legs.
- Anterior cord syndrome: Involves damage to the front of the spinal cord. Victims retain some sensation, but have difficulty moving.
- Central cord syndrome: Involves damage to the center of the spinal cord. Victims experience a loss of fine motor skills, paralysis of the arms, and problems with movement in the legs, and loss of bowel and bladder control.
- Brown-Sequard syndrome: Involves damage to one side of the spinal cord. Victims experience a loss of movement on one side of the body.
A spinal cord injury will leave you with physical challenges and financial difficulties. You may suffer paralysis, bladder problems, mobility issues, infections and other health problems. Your treatment may be costly, and you may not be able to work. The law agrees that you should have the legal right to recover compensation from the person who caused your injuries. There are different types of compensation that you may be awarded.
- Medical bills: Emergency room, hospital, surgery, rehabilitation, medical equipment, prescriptions, home care, and therapy. For example, if your spinal cord injury is so severe that you suffer paralysis in your legs, you can demand compensation for the cost of a wheelchair and for the cost of modify your home to make it wheelchair accessible.
- Loss of income: Missed paychecks, bonuses, promotions and other opportunities. Used vacation, sick and other accrued time-off days. Loss of future earning capacity.
- Pain and suffering: Physical pain such that would accompany a back or neck injury. The pain of surgery and other treatment. The emotion suffering as evidences by insomnia, depression, anger, frustration, and sadness.
- Loss of consortium. In inability to interact with family members in the same was as prior to the accident.
- Wrongful death. If the spinal cord injury is so severe that the victim passes away, then the personal representative of the deceased has the right to file a wrongful death claim against the negligent party.
A serious spinal cord injury can have a detrimental impact on your career, your mobility, and your family life. It is not fair that you should also have to shoulder the financial burden if someone else caused the injury. The first step in holding the person at fault financially accountable is the contact an experienced attorney. The staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates is experienced in representing clients who suffered catastrophic injuries in accidents caused by negligence. Contact our staff 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.