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Suffolk County Back Injury

A severe back injury can be painful and prevent you from living life as you once did. Severe back injuries that include a spinal injury can cause you to face permanent physical impairment and disability. A back injury can occur due to numerous types of accidents such as a construction accident, scaffold accident or other work-related accident, a slip and fall incident, a car accident or a truck accident. As experienced Suffolk County back injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates, we are well aware of the physical, emotional and financial trauma that accompanies a serious injury to the back. We have the resources and knowledge to help. We will review your cases and explain your legal rights for holding the person whose negligence caused you injuries accountable through a personal injury claim.

Symptoms of a back injury

While there are many different types of injuries to the back, the most common include vertebral fractures, muscle strains or ligament sprains, herniated discs, and compression of the spinal cord. A muscle or ligament strain can result from repeatedly lifting heavy objects. A vertebral fracture occurs when there is some sort of trauma to the vertebrate such as might happen in a car accident or in a fall. A herniated disc can be caused by an injury to the spine that leaves tiny tears or cracks in a disc. As a result, the disc exerts pressure on nerves in the spinal cord, causing pain or weakness in the neck, shoulders, back, legs, feet or arms.

Symptoms of a back injury may vary from person to person and may not appear for days or even months after your accident. Evidence that you may have a severe back injury includes:

  • Bleeding from the back, head or neck
  • Severe pain in the back, neck and or head
  • A stiff neck
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fluid from the mouth, nose or ear
  • Problems with vision
  • Numbness in the legs, arms, shoulders or other body parts
  • Confusion
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Loss of consciousness
Pursuing compensation

Depending on the type and seriousness of a back injury, you may be unable to work for a substantial amount of time. Furthermore, in some cases a back injury may prevent you from performing certain types of work that requires heavy lifting or the use of heavy equipment. Ultimately you may not be able to earn the amount of money you would have been able to earn had you not suffered a back injury. Holding the negligent person accountable through a personal injury lawsuit may result in the compensation you need to provide you and your family with needed financial relief. As a back injury attorney in Suffolk County will explain, through a personal injury lawsuit you may receive compensation for losses you suffered. For example, you may receive damages for both your past and future medical expenses. Medical expenses including emergency room services, hospital stay, surgery, prescriptions and rehabilitation.

In addition to medical expenses, another financial loss you may be able to recover from a personal injury claim is lost wages, since a back injury may be so debilitating that you will have to miss work. You also may be able to recover compensation based on the pain and suffering you suffered.

Example

In 2008 22-year-old Anthony Waring slipped and fell at work while retrieving snow removal equipment from a shed. As a result of the fall Waring suffering a serious back injury that left him with chronic back pain and prevented him from engaging in heavy labor. Waring v. Sunrise Yonkers SL, LLC, 2015 NY Slip Op 9174 (N.Y. App. Div., 2015). After filing a personal injury lawsuit, the jury awarded Waring damages including $100,000 for past pain and suffering, $500,000 for future pain and suffering, $80,000 for past lost wages, $200,000 for future lost wages and $65,000 for future medical expenses.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that left you with a back injury, you should contact an experienced back injury attorney serving Suffolk County 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 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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