Westchester County Back Injury
If you have suffered a back injury due to a careless or negligent act of another person, you are probably wondering what your next step should be. These injuries affect every aspect of your daily life, making the simplest tasks difficult if not impossible. You could be dealing with unexpected and considerable medical bills, and emotional and physical pain suffering. A serious injury is often caused by negligence including a serious SUV accident, motor vehicle accident, or bicycle accident. Workplace injuries are also quite common including a trip and fall, or construction accident. In fact, one of the most common causes of back injuries are trip and fall accidents. Some injuries will heal with rest and rehabilitation, unfortunately for others, back surgery may be necessary. Missed time from work, or even losing your job altogether can result, depression, reduced quality of life, and an undeniable impact on your family members are often involved. If your back was injured in an accident that you believe was cause by another person's negligence, contact a Westchester County back injury attorney, who will review the facts of your case and who will explain your legal options.Types of back injuries
There are several types of back and spinal injuries that are caused by a variety of accidents such as construction accidents, slip and fall accidents, and car accidents. Regardless of the type of accident, common back and spinal injuries include herniated discs, vertebral fractures, spinal compression, ligament sprains and muscle strains. The most common include muscle strains or ligament sprains, vertebral fractures, herniated discs, and spinal compressionPursuing compensation for a back injury
Back injuries are often debilitating and permanent. This means that victims often suffer symptoms for the rest of their lives. Symptoms may include pain, weakness, difficulty walking, and difficulty moving other parts of your body such as your arms. In some cases the symptoms are intermittent, while in other cases the symptoms never go away. Performing every day activities may aggravate the injury. Because a back injury can be life-altering it is important to hold the person whose negligence caused your injury accountable. Through a personal injury lawsuit you may be awarded damages to compensate you for the losses you suffered. Compensable losses include:
- Medical expenses: Back injuries typically require multiple visits to the specialists including orthopedic surgeons, chiropractors and neurologists. You may also need to see physical and occupational therapists. Your injury may require surgery and rehabilitation. If your back injury involves injury to your spinal cord, you may suffer paralysis and require special assistive equipment.
- Lost wages. You may miss days, weeks or months of work, depending on the severity of the injury and treatment required. Even if you are able to return to work, because of the often chronic nature of back injuries, you may have to intermittently miss days and weeks of work. This means that you will not be able to put in your normal hours of work, and therefore your paycheck will be smaller than usual. You may not work enough to earn vacation days or other types of days off. You may miss a bonus or promotion that you otherwise were on track to receive.
- Pain and suffering. Pain and suffering refers to both physical and mental suffering experienced by victims of serious injuries. Victims of back injuries suffer serious pain. Along with such severe, chronic pain come depression, irritability, anger, and a myriad of other emotional issues. Both physical pain and emotion pain are compensable losses.
If you were injured in an accident that left you with a back injury, you should 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 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.