A back injury can be quite debilitating, making it difficult to work or independently perform activities of daily living. Each year countless people suffer back injuries from trauma suffered in an accident. The most severe back injury involves a spinal cord injury that can leave the victim paralyzed. The most common types of accidents include a car accident, motorcycle accident, construction accident, slip and fall accident, and accidents involving the use of defective products. In other cases the back injury is caused not by sudden trauma but from repetitive action such as twisting, bending or reaching. As a result of an injury to the back, the victim may experience chronic pain, tingling, or numbness. If you are in need of a New York Injury Lawyer because your back was injured in an accident due to the negligence of another person, contact an experienced Bronx Back Injury Lawyer who will review the facts of your case and who will explain your legal options for filing a claim in order to receive compensation for the expenses related to your injury. In addition, if during the course of the treatment for your back injury the medical staff commits medical malpractice, the party responsible for your back injury may be required to compensate you for the medical malpractice as well.Symptoms of a Back Injury
There are several types of back injuries. The most common include muscle strains, ligament sprains, vertebral fractures, herniated discs, and spinal compression. A muscle or ligament strain can result from repeatedly lifting heavy objects. A vertebral fracture occurs when there is 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
- Abdominal pain
- Fluid from the mouth, nose or ear
- Problems with vision
- Numbness in the legs, arms, shoulders or other body parts
- Personality changes
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Convulsions or seizures
- Loss of consciousness
Depending on the type and seriousness of your 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. 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. You also may be entitled to receive damages to cover your lost wages if you miss work while you recover. Lost wages includes the paychecks you miss as well as the value of sick and vacation days that you used during your recovery. If as a result of your injury you are unable to earn the amount of money you otherwise would have, you may be entitled to damages for loss of earning capacity. The physical and emotional pain that you endured are also compensable in a personal injury lawsuit.Bronx Back Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one was 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. Stephen Bilkis and Associates, PLLC is experienced in handling personal injury cases stemming from auto, truck, motorcycle, boat, and construction accidents. Contact us at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW (1.800.696.9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case.