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NYC Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
Spinal cord injuries leading to paralysis are very traumatic injuries with long term medical considerations. Cases involving spinal cord injuries typically require a number of experts to testify regarding the varying medical issues and future complications associated with paralysis. If you've suffered paralysis due to a severe spinal cord injury, contact our skilled San Antonio spinal cord injury lawyer today.
Benefits of Hiring a Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
When you hire a New York City spinal cord injury lawyer, you benefit from a legal professional fighting for your rights out of the gate and all the way through to the end. The person or company that caused your injury will have a team of lawyers fighting hard for them, to try and minimize your injury, allege you have degeneration already or just exacerbated a preexisting injury. Having an experienced attorney fighting for you is not only a good idea and in your best interests, but necessary.
An experienced attorney can properly evaluate your spine injury case and use their experience with past cases to best determine a fair settlement amount. Although the vast majority of cases are settled pre-trial, if trial is necessary, you will want an attorney with the requisite trial experience and familiarity with trial techniques and courtroom procedure to battle for you.
One of the greatest benefits of hiring an attorney, however, is peace of mind. Living with a spinal cord injury can be difficult enough without also having to deal with the legal issues involved in your personal injury case. Having a lawyer on your side eases your burden as you essentially hand a problem over to your lawyer and take it off your shoulders.
Does the Type of Injury Matter in a Lawsuit?
If you are injured in an accident and suffer a spinal cord injury, you need a personal injury lawyer who has experience handling these types of cases.
- How will the surgery or surgeries be paid for?
- Is there enough no-fault coverage?
- Is there Optional Basic Economic Loss, or OBEL to look to?
- Do you have private health insurance that will cover the cost?
- Will it be covered by Medicare or Medicaid?
- Will the surgeon and hospital perform the needed procedures on a lien basis, meaning that they will only be paid if and when your case is settled?
- Can you obtain litigation funding?
What is Paralysis?
Paralysis occurs when someone experiences an injury to their spinal cord, which prevents that person from regaining the full use of their arms, legs, or other body functions.
What Are The Different Types of Paralysis?
- Paraplegia describes complete or incomplete paralysis affecting the legs and possibly also the trunk, but not the arms.
- Cervical (neck) injuries usually result in four limb paralysis or quadriplegia/tetraplegia.
What are Treatment Options for Paralysis and Spinal Cord Injuries?
Some people with paralysis regain the use of their arms or legs with substantial treatment and rehabilitation. This regiment of therapy encompasses several different areas of medicine, including surgery, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other rehabilitative services.
Quadriplegics and Paraplegics often seek treatment from various medical providers including, neurosurgeons, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, psychiatrists, urologists, pulmonologists, dermatologists, and psychologists or psychiatrists.
It is very important for someone with paralysis to treat the physical disabilities as well as the mental or emotional injuries associated with those injuries.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Any trauma to the back, neck or spine may permanently affect the spinal cord. An impact to the spinal cord may even cause bone fracture, cause slipped disks or result in other serious injuries. Trauma that severs the spine, such as a bad car accident or truck accident, can even cause complete disability to the injured victim. Certain types of accidents lead to spinal cord injuries in New York City more often than others.
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Slip, trip and fall accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- E-bike accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
Auto accidents are the number one cause of new spinal cord injuries in the U.S. each year. An accident involving a car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle or pedestrian could permanently damage the spine and surrounding nerves. No matter what type of accident caused you or a loved one's spinal cord injury, speak to an attorney at Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. PC to get the representation you need and deserve.
Establishing Fault in a Spinal Cord Injury Case
To obtain a monetary award for your spinal injury, you will need to establish that another party is at fault for the injury you sustained. In short, you will need to show:
- Duty: another person or company owed you a duty, such as a duty of care;
- They breached the duty;
- Causation: the relationship of cause and effect between one event or action and the result;
Obtaining a settlement or securing a jury verdict requires one to establish by a preponderance of evidence that the defendant owed you a duty to exercise care, breached this duty, caused your spinal cord injury and you have damages. Medical records will need to be obtained, experts will need to be hired and doctors will need to be retained for trial if your case cannot be settled for a fair and reasonable amount.
- All injury-related health care costs
- Surgeries, therapies and rehabilitation
- Medical devices and medications
- Live-in care or disability costs
- Home and vehicle modifications
- Lost wages and lost capacity to earn
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress or anguish
- Accident-related property damages
- Loss of Consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
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
Spinal Cord Injury Attorney, New York City
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury due to someone else's negligence, contact the NYC 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!