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Brooklyn Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers in NYC
Spinal cord injuries have the potential to change victims' lives forever. Injured individuals need the best legal representation available. Call Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. PC today to discuss the details of your spinal cord injury. We can evaluate your case and help you obtain justice. We have worked with numerous clients who have sustained sever spinal injuries and have recovered significant compensation for them.
Some of the spinal surgeries we have seen our clients undergo following as accident include:
- Removal of anterior cervical hardware, C5-C6 anterior cervical discectomy, Mobi-C disc arthroplasty C6-C7, and use of intraoperative CT scan with neuro navigation
- Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) Operation required due to prior C6-7 Mobi-C disc hardware failure
- Necessity of surgical intervention consisting of (1) C5/6 anterior cervical microdiscectomy fusion plating allograft, (2) anterior interbody fusion, (3) decompression of the neural element and (4) fusion using allograft mixed with autograft bone dowel and bone marrow. Anterior plate extends from C5 to C6 with screws entering anteriorly at these two levels and with intervening interbody disc spacer.
- L4-5 Transforaminal laminectomy with interbody fusion with pedicile screw fixation L4-5 with posterolateral fusion L2-5 and interspinopous fixation L3-4 and L2-3.
- Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion w/percutaneous screws at Levels L5/S1
- Anterior Cervical Diskectomy and Fusion with Corpectomy at C3-C6; Application of Gardner Wells Cranial Traction; Anterior Diskectomy C3-C6; Partial Corpectomy C3, C4, C5, C6; Arthrodesis C3-C4, C4-C5, C5-C6; Anterior Cervical Instrumentation C3-C6; Application Intervertebral Biomechanical Device C3-C4, C4-C5, C5-C6; Aspiration of Iliac Crest Bone Marrow Bilateral w/Stem Cell Concentration & Reimplantation
Symptoms of Spinal Cord Injuries
There are some symptoms that typically onset after a spinal cord injury. However, these are not the only symptoms, and some injured individuals may not show any symptoms for days, weeks or even months after an accident.
Here are some of the most frequently observed symptoms after a spinal cord injury:
- Spasms, exaggerated reflexes
- Difficulty breathing (or clearing the lungs)
- Altered sensations
- Sharp pain in the head, neck, or back
- Numbness or tingling in hands, fingers, feet, or toes
- Pain that runs down to your legs
Brooklyn Spinal Cord Injuries Caused by Negligence
Unfortunately, many people suffer spinal cord injuries due to the negligence of others every year. It's one thing to experience a serious or catastrophic injury, but it's another experience entirely when you must endure such pain because someone else acted negligently. Negligent individuals have the potential to cause immense personal, monetary, and physical damage.
What Is the Spinal Cord?
Within the spinal column lies the spinal cord, a vital aspect of the central nervous system (CNS). The three primary roles of the spinal cord are to send motor commands from the brain to the body, send sensory information from the body to the brain, and coordinate reflexes.
Medical Evaluations for Spinal Cord Injuries
Some symptoms of spinal injuries may not immediately indicate that you have suffered a spinal cord injury. Such symptoms may also be associated with other common injuries (like traumatic brain injury).
For these reasons, doctors usually look for specific symptoms if they suspect someone may have suffered a spinal cord injury.
The signs of spinal cord injury that a physician will look for include:
- Loss of:
- Sensation in the limbs
- Normal bowel control
- Normal bladder control
- Muscle contractions
- Low muscle strength, paralysis
- Dislocated or fractured vertebrae
Levels of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are commonly categorized by levels, which vary based on which vertebrae are injured.
The injury level (C1, for example) indicates which portion of the spinal cord and which exact vertebrae have been damaged. The C level is the neck or cervical region. The L level is the lower back or lumbar region.
Recovering Damages After a Brooklyn Spinal Cord Injury
If you were in an accident that caused a spinal cord injury, you don't need to face the consequences alone. A qualified spinal cord injury attorney can help you determine your eligibility to pursue and recover damages. These damages account for the losses you have experienced and will experience due to your injuries.
Some of the most frequently recovered damages after spinal cord injuries include:
- Medical expenses: This includes past and present medical bills associated with your spinal cord injury, and it can also extend to encompass projected future medical costs and the cost of ongoing rehabilitation.
- Lost wages: Some people miss time from work after a spinal injury. If this is you, you can pursue lost wages in court.
- Diminished earning capacity: Certain spinal injuries do more than just take people out of work; an injury can permanently change a victim's ability to earn money. There are damages available for scenarios like these.
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
What Is Treatment After a Spinal Cord Injury Like?
Your treatment following a spinal cord injury depends heavily on the unique aspects of the injury itself. Most of the time, treatment will begin conservatively such as with physical therapy. If that does not produce the desired result, then a pain management doctor may recommend injections with cortisone or lidocaine. Finally, if these therapies and procedures don't work then surgery may be recommended, such as a fusion surgery.
What is Spinal Fusion Surgery?
Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure used to correct problems with the small bones in the spine (vertebrae). It is essentially a welding process. The basic idea is to fuse together two or more vertebrae so that they heal into a single, solid bone. This is done to eliminate painful motion or to restore stability to the spine.
Spine surgery is usually recommended only when your doctor can find the source of your pain. To do this, your doctor may use imaging tests, such as X-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.
Brooklyn Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury due to someone else's negligence, contact the Brooklyn Spinal Cord Injury Accident Lawyers at Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. PC and get the wheels of justice spinning for you. Call 212-240-9465 now!