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A serious spinal cord injury can be one of the most devastating results of an accident. It may be especially challenging to deal with a spinal cord injury when it was caused by the negligence of someone else. Not only do you face time off work, medical expenses, and a potentially life-changing disability, but you know that your pain could have been avoided if the other party had been more careful.
After suffering a major injury, many residents of NYC will need to seek out the legal representation of a personal injury attorney to ensure that their legal rights are protected and that justice is done. Call us now at 212-240-9465 for your free, no-obligation in-office consultation.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injury
While you may take every precaution to keep you and your family safe, it is an unfortunate reality that we cannot control the actions of others around us. Sadly, the poor choices of others often have negative effects on those around them. Life can change in an instant after a sudden spinal injury. Medical bills pile up and the inability to return to work means that there is no money coming in.
Spinal cord injury after a car accident
It is not surprising that automobile accidents in New York City can cause serious injuries including spinal injuries throughout the streets of Manhattan. Car crashes are a leading cause of spinal cord injuries in New York City and throughout the nation. Dangerous driving as well as driving while impaired and driving while distracted can result in tragedy.
Spinal cord injury after a fall
Whether a slip and fall occurs due to an uneven sidewalk, slippery surfaces or some other hazard, the neck and back can become injured leading to a spinal injury requiring minimal invasive therapies all the way up to the need for invasive surgery. Symptoms may not immediately onset leading one to avoid seeing a doctor immediately. But obtaining immediate medical attention after an accident is always the best course of action.
What You Should Know About Spinal Cord Injuries
While some serious spinal cord injuries result in paralysis, that is not true of all of them. However, all forms of spine injuries are often viewed as serious injuries because the spinal cord is unable to repair itself, unlike other body parts. This makes permanent damage or disability more likely after suffering a spine injury.
Signs of a spinal cord injury
After a fall or an accident, look out for these signs of a spinal cord injury:
- Loss of sensation in the arms or legs
- Pain that radiates down your legs
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Numbness or tingling in the arms or legs
- Pain or pressure in the neck, head, or back
- Difficulty breathing
Really, after any type of trauma to the head, neck, or back, you should visit a medical professional. It can be easy for any of us to overlook signs of a more serious injury, perhaps feeling that you are needlessly worrying. However, any of these signs should be taken seriously so diagnosis and treatment can be pursued as soon as possible.
Types of spinal cord injuries
A complete spinal cord injury results in a complete loss of feeling and function, while incomplete SCIs leave the victim with some feeling or movement. The spinal cord is protected by vertebrae that are divided into four sections from top to bottom: cervical (7 vertebrae), thoracic (12 vertebrae), lumbar (5 vertebrae), and sacrum (5 vertebrae)
As a general rule, the higher the injury occurs along the spine, the more serious the injury. Depending on the severity and location of the injury along the spine, these injuries can affect the rest of the body, including blood pressure or sexual function. In fact, spinal cord injury victims are also at further risk of a number of dangerous secondary conditions, such as deep vein thrombosis, pressure ulcers, and respiratory complications.
Spinal cord injury treatments
Emergency medical care might include surgery to reduce inflammation or remove objects that are compressing the spine. In the weeks and months that follow the injury, ongoing treatment and rehabilitation such as physical therapy are often invaluable. These can help the injured person regain abilities and increase quality of life.
Damages You Could Get Back After a Spinal Cord Injury
Suffering a spine injury often leaves the victim with lifelong effects – physical, financial, and psychological. Of course, we understand that it is impossible to completely erase the effects of the accident. On the other hand, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, and working with a spinal cord injury attorney at Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. PC can help you recover your damages.
After carefully researching your spinal cord injury case, your personal injury lawyer can determine the fair amount of compensation you can receive, both for your financial and non-economic damages.
Immediately after a spinal cord injury, you may need to take an extended amount of time off work to recover and receive medical treatment. Or your injuries may be severe enough that they limit your ability to return to work at all.
The spinal cord injury lawyer at Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. PC can thoroughly investigate your case to make sure you receive compensation for your lost wages and even future earning capacity after your accident.
Any type of medical treatment can be costly. Spinal cord injuries in particular often require extensive treatment and rehabilitation, which can cause medical bills to pile up.
These medical costs may include:
- Ambulatory care
- Surgical costs
- Home care and rehabilitation costs
When someone else is at fault for your injuries, you shouldn't be responsible for the cost of essential medical care. Your attorney can fight for your current and future medical bills to be covered as part of your settlement.
Spinal cord injuries often require the victim to install specialized equipment for increased accessibility for their homes and vehicles. These costs can be recovered as part of your compensation as well.
Reduced quality of life
Spinal cord injuries can have a lifelong effect on your quality of life. The emotional and psychological damages and pain and suffering of a permanent disability do not have a dollar value and can be difficult to calculate. Even though these non-economic damages are hard to quantify, they are real – and you deserve compensation for these losses as well.
How Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help
After suffering a serious injury, you hope that making an insurance claim would be all you need to do in order to get the compensation you deserve. Unfortunately, the insurance company may look for ways to deny claims or otherwise offer a small settlement. These sorts of corporations often pressure victims into accepting a settlement as soon as possible after an accident before the extent of their injuries becomes clear.
It is important to remember that insurance companies are a business and look for ways to save money. Your typical large insurance company has extensive resources and entire teams of experts fighting for their interests – you also need a legal team on your side who can fight for your legal rights.
You Can Have Our Spinal Cord Injury Attorney on Your Side
After suffering a spinal cord injury, you shouldn't have to pay the price of someone else's negligent actions. At Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. PC, we care for our clients' needs. That means taking the time needed to understand your unique spinal cord injury case and give it the attention it deserves.
Furthermore, there's no risk to you when we take on your case. As all our personal injury cases are taken on a contingency fee basis, we don't charge you for our services unless we are successful in securing you a payout.
Suffering a serious injury is a traumatic experience that can leave victims feeling stressed and overwhelmed. You don't need to add the legal process and communication with insurance companies to your plate after an injury. When you work with the spinal cord injury attorneys at our firm, you can be confident that your case is in good hands so you can focus on your recovery and on your family.
If you have sustained a spinal injury in Union Square or any part of Manhattan you should retain a personal injury lawyer to represent your legal interests. Contact us now at 212-240-9465 to get the wheels of justice spinning for you!