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Value of a Back Injury in New York

A back injury can be an incredibly debilitating condition, causing immense pain and severely impacting one's daily life. At Stephen Bilkis & Associates, we understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that a back injury can have on individuals. We are dedicated to helping our clients understand the true value of their back injury cases. Back injuries can result from various incidents such as car accidents, slip and falls, workplace mishaps, or medical malpractice. We recognize that the value of a back injury extends beyond immediate medical expenses. It encompasses factors such as ongoing medical treatments, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, diminished earning capacity, and the pain and suffering endured. Our skilled team of attorneys has the knowledge and experience necessary to accurately evaluate the worth of your back injury claim. Over the years our attorneys and of counsel have secured over a $1 billion in compensation for injured victims. If you have suffered a back injury due to someone else's negligence, contact us today for a consultation. Let us fight for your rights and help you obtain the full value of your back injury claim in New York.

Examples of Back Injury Verdicts in New York

The following cases are examples of verdicts related to rotator cuff injuries.

Case: Higgins v. West 50th St. Assoc., 2011 N.Y. Slip Op. 51157 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2011)

Accident Type: Premises liability

Verdict: $8,608,004
Case Summary: A clogged rooftop drain caused rainwater to overflow and cascade into the defendants' building at 365 West 50th Street. Plaintiff slipped on the water and fell down the stairs, hitting the back of her head on a number of the concrete steps. Plaintiff suffered back injuries and brain injuries.

Case: Sanango v. 200 East 16th Street Housing Corp., 15 A.D.3d 36 (N.Y. App. Div. 2004)
Accident Type: Construction accident
Verdict: $2,452,000 for pain and suffering
Case Summary: Plaintiff sustained serious injuries when he fell 15 feet from a ladder while he was working as a laborer on a construction project. As a result, the plaintiff suffered serious injuries including injuries to his back and spine. The plaintiff suffered significant limitations of mobility and continual pain and prognosis was poor. In addition, the separation of a pedicle screw inserted during a spinal fusion procedure presented the risk of further injury due to migration of the fragment.

Types of Accidents that Lead to Back Injuries in New York

Back injuries in New York can result from various types of accidents and incidents. Some common types of accidents that can lead to back injuries include:

Motor Vehicle Accidents: Collisions on the road, whether involving cars, motorcycles, or trucks, can subject the back to sudden impacts, jolts, or twists, leading to back injuries such as herniated discs, fractures, or spinal cord injuries.

Slip and Fall Accidents: Falls on slippery or uneven surfaces, poorly maintained properties, or due to hazards like loose rugs or debris can result in back injuries. Landing on the back during a fall can cause sprains, strains, or vertebral fractures.

Workplace Accidents: Jobs that involve heavy lifting, repetitive motions, or excessive physical strain can lead to back injuries. Improper lifting techniques, lack of proper ergonomics, or accidents involving machinery can result in strains, herniated discs, or muscle sprains.

Construction Accidents: Construction sites are known for their inherent risks. Falls from heights, being struck by falling objects, or accidents involving heavy machinery can cause severe back injuries, including spinal cord damage or fractures.

Sports Injuries: Participating in sports activities, both recreational and competitive, can lead to back injuries. High-impact sports, contact sports, or activities that involve sudden twists or jolts can result in sprains, strains, or even spinal injuries.

This list is just a sample of the scenarios that can result in a back injury because of negligence. If you are injured, it’s important to discuss the details with an experienced New York personal injury lawyer you can evaluate your legal options.

Factors in Determining the Value of a Back Injury

Determining the value of a back injury requires careful consideration of various factors, but two key elements stand out as crucial in assessing its worth: the extent of the injury and the impact on the individual's life.

Firstly, the extent of the injury plays a significant role in evaluating its value. This encompasses the severity of the back injury, including the type and extent of damage to the spinal cord, discs, nerves, or other structures. The medical diagnosis and prognosis provided by healthcare professionals are crucial in determining the severity of the injury. Additionally, the duration and intensity of pain, the need for ongoing medical treatment, and the potential for long-term disability are all factors that contribute to the evaluation. Generally, more severe injuries with substantial physical impairment and long-lasting consequences will result in higher compensation.

Secondly, the impact of the back injury on the individual's life is vital in assessing its value. This factor takes into account the limitations and disruptions caused by the injury in various aspects of daily living. It includes the individual's ability to work and earn a living, engage in hobbies or recreational activities, maintain personal relationships, and experience an overall diminished quality of life. The evaluation also considers the emotional and psychological impact, such as pain, suffering, mental distress, and loss of enjoyment of life. These non-economic damages are often subjective but are nonetheless critical in determining the compensation amount.

It is important to note that every back injury case is unique, and the specific circumstances surrounding the injury will influence its value. Consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney in New York is crucial. Such attorneys have a deep understanding of the legal landscape, access to medical experts, and the expertise to gather evidence and present a strong case to maximize the value of a back injury claim. By carefully assessing the extent of the injury and its impact on the individual's life, a skilled legal representation can help secure fair compensation that reflects the true value of the back injury.

Contact Stephen Bilkis & Associates

At Stephen Bilkis & Associates, recognize the physical, emotional, and financial toll that back injuries can take on individuals and their families. With our expertise in personal injury law, we strive to secure fair compensation and provide comprehensive support to our clients, ensuring they receive the justice they deserve. Trust us to fight for your rights and maximize the value of your back injury claim. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney serving New York at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Staten Island, Suffolk County, and Westchester County.

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