Spinal Cord Injury
Injuries to the back and spine are common to accident victims, such as those involved in car, SUV, minivan or truck accidents. Victims of SUV rollover accidents are particularly susceptible to back, neck and spine injuries. Spinal cord injuries can be quite serious since the spinal cord is made up of the bundle of nerves that carries messages between the brain and the rest of the body for movement and sensation. A seemingly minor injury to the spinal cord can affect mobility. Symptoms vary depending on the location of the injury. The severity of the symptoms depends on whether the entire cord is severely injured (complete) or only partially injured (incomplete). Symptoms that are common to any type of spinal cord injury include: Pain, weakness, loss of normal bowel and bladder control, numbness, sensory changes, and paralysis. Fortunately, under New York law a victim who suffers a serious spinal cord injury in a car accident, motorcycle accident, construction accident or another type of accident due to the negligence of another person is entitled to seek damages by filling a New York personal injury claim. Because of the complexity of such cases it is important to consult with an experienced Bronx Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer before making decisions about your legal options. In addition, if during the course of the treatment for your injuries the medical staff commits medical malpractice, the party responsible for your spinal cord injury may be required to compensate you for that as well.Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
There are two different kinds of spinal cord injuries, partial and complete. When an injury is complete, there is a complete loss of function below the point of injury. This could involve paralysis of all four limbs (quadriplegia) or two limbs (paraplegia). People who experience a partial injury may be able to move one limb or another, or have more feeling on one side of the body than the other. The consequences of these injuries are devastating, and can cause a myriad of complications such as breathing problems, low blood pressure, reduced body temperature and chronic pain.
Other types of injury to the spinal cord include compression fractures, bulging discs, herniated discs and a severed spinal cord.Pursing Compensation
Spinal injuries can be not only physically challenging, but can also cause financial distress. Not only do you have to deal with the initial medical expense of surgery, you may also face an unending stream of expenses to deal with the after effects of a severe spinal cord injury. Statistics indicate that a minor injury to your spinal cord can cost in excess of $250,000 in the first year. If you were 25-years-old at the time of the injury, the total expenses could well exceed $700,000 in your lifetime. More severe injuries can run into the millions. If your injury is work related, or you believe your injury was caused because of the negligence of another, it is important to speak to our legal team right away. You could be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Such compensation may include:
- Medical Bills: A serious injury to your spine may result in substantial medical bills. Through a personal injury claim you may be able to recover expenses for medical treatment, your hospital stay, prescriptions, rehabilitation and visits to your doctors.
- Loss of Income: If your injury is serious you may not be able to return to work for days, weeks, or even months. You will be entitled to recover compensation for the income you lost while recovering from your injuries. Loss of income includes not only loss of your paychecks. It also includes the value of sick or vacation days you had to use while recovering as well as in other type of compensation and benefits that you lost.
- Pain and Suffering: You may also be able to recover compensation for the pain and suffering that you suffered as a result of the accident. Pain and suffering refers to not only physical pain, but also for emotional pain and loss of enjoyment of life. Whether you will be entitled to receive pain and suffering damages and the amount of such damages depends on the severity of your injuries.
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that resulted in a spinal cord injury, contact an experienced attorney who understands both the legal issues associated with personal injury cases as well as the medical issues associated with injuries to the spine. Stephen Bilkis and Associates, PLLC is experienced in handling personal injury and wrongful death 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.