New York Spinal Cord Injury
Recent statistics report that more than 12,000 US citizens suffer spinal cord injuries every year. These injuries can result in minor symptoms, such as loss of sensation, to major disabilities such as paralysis. Data released by the National SCI Statistical Center shows that in 2009, over 250,000 people suffered from spinal cord injuries. These injuries not only affect the victim directly, but also have a devastating impact on family as well. Even in cases where paralysis is only temporary, it is rare that the victim ever returns to his or her functioning state before the injury happened. If you have been hurt in an accident or due to the negligence of another, speak with a New York Spinal injury lawyer at Stephen Bilkis and Associates for guidance. You deserve to be compensated for your injuries.
While statistical data shows that a spinal injury primarily affects young adults, the average age of people who are injured is steadily increasing. The average age in 2005 for spinal cord injuries was 40-years and almost 80% male.
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 (quadriplegic) or two limbs (paraplegic). 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.
One of the most common causes of these injuries remains automobile accidents. Statistics show that over 41% of all serious back injuries were the result of either a motorcycle accident, car accident or truck accident. Other causes of serious injury include falls, assaults, gunshot wounds and sports-related accidents.
While vehicle accidents are the most common causes of spinal cord injuries, our team may be able to find additional claims that can be filed on your behalf. For example, if you sustained injury while performing work for your employer, you may be able to collect compensation from a workers compensation claim. In addition, if a doctor is guilty of medical malpractice while treating you for your spinal cord injury, he may also be subject to a medical malpractice claim.
The most common types of spinal injuries include:
- Compression fractures
- Bulging discs
- Herniated discs
- Severed spinal cord
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 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 including reimbursement for medical expenses, pain and suffering and loss of income.
If you or a loved one is facing the terrible consequences of an injury, please contact one of our experienced team members of our firm for a no-charge consultation. You can reach us on the Internet or by calling us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW or stop by one of our New York or Long Island offices in Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester County, Suffolk County or Nassau County.