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Value of a Spine Injury in New York

A spine injury, often resulting from accidents or trauma, can have far-reaching consequences on an individual's life. A spine injury refers to damage or trauma to the spinal cord, vertebrae, or surrounding structures. These injuries can vary in severity, ranging from fractures and herniated discs to more severe cases of spinal cord damage, paralysis, or loss of sensation. At Stephen Bilkis & Associates we understand the significance of these injuries and the impact they have on the lives of our clients. With over 20 years of experience in handling personal injury cases in New York, we are committed to helping those who have suffered from spine injuries understand the value of their claims and seek the compensation they deserve. Our experienced New York personal injury lawyers have a deep understanding of the complexities involved in assessing the true value of these injuries. We recognize that the most critical factor in determining the value of a spine injury is the profound impact it has on the victim's life. Because of our experience and hard work, our attorneys and of counsel have secured over $1 billion in damages for our clients.

Examples of Spine Injury Verdicts in New York

To get an idea of the range in value for spine injury cases, the following cases are examples. Based on these examples, the average verdict for a serious spinal injury is over $7,000,000.

Case: Reinoso v. N.Y.C. Transit Auth., 2019 N.Y. Slip Op. 31665 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2019)
Accident Type: Bus accident
Verdict: $10,500,000
Case Summary: Plaintiff sustained personal injuries as a result of an accident that occurred while she was disembarking from a New York City Transit Authority bus on February 12, 2013. Plaintiff, a home health aide, testified that she was exiting the bus down the wheelchair ramp behind her patient who was in a motorized wheelchair when the bus operator activated the ramp/platform without warning, causing it to lift back into the bus and propelling plaintiff onto the sidewalk. As a result, the plaintiff suffered serious injuries to her spine including a disc herniation leaving her with a 70% loss in range of motion.

Case: Stewart v. New York City Transit Authority, 82 A.D.3d 438 (N.Y. App. Div. 2011)
Accident Type: Premises liability
Verdict: $7,300,000
Case Summary: Plaintiff sustained serious injuries to her back when she slipped in fell on subway station steps that were covered with pigeon excrement. As a result of the fall the plaintiff sustained a contusion of the cervical spine and required a laminectomy and fusion of vertebrae, with insertion of metal plates and screws. Plaintiff also suffered compression fractures of his thoracic spine, and later required a lumbar laminectomy with fusion and insertion of metal screws and struts.

Types of Accidents that Lead to Spine Injuries in New York

Spine injuries can have devastating consequences, impacting an individual's mobility, independence, and overall quality of life. Here are some common types of accidents that can result in spine injuries:

Motor Vehicle Accidents: As an experienced New York personal injury lawyer will explain, car, motorcycle, or truck collisions are a leading cause of spine injuries. The impact of a high-speed collision or sudden stop can cause severe trauma to the spinal cord, leading to paralysis or chronic pain.

Slip and Fall Accidents: Slippery surfaces, uneven pavements, or poorly maintained premises can cause individuals to slip, trip, and fall. A hard impact on the back or neck during a fall can result in spinal cord damage.

Construction Site Accidents: Construction sites are inherently hazardous environments. Falls from heights, being struck by falling objects, or accidents involving heavy machinery can cause spinal injuries, especially when safety protocols are not followed.

Sports and Recreational Accidents: Participating in contact sports like football or engaging in high-impact activities such as skiing or horseback riding carries a risk of spine injuries. Collisions, falls, or improper technique can lead to spinal cord damage.

Medical Malpractice: Surgical errors, mishandling of patients, or anesthesia complications can result in severe spinal injuries. Negligence during medical procedures can have long-lasting consequences for patients.

Factors in Determining the Value of a Spine Injury

The one most important factor in determining the value of a spine injury is the extent of the injury's impact on the victim's life. The severity and long-term consequences of the injury play a crucial role in assessing the value of the claim. The impact on the victim's physical and mental well-being, including the degree of disability, chronic pain, and loss of function, holds utmost significance.

A severe spine injury can result in paralysis, limited mobility, and substantial physical impairment, greatly affecting the victim's ability to perform daily activities, pursue employment, and enjoy a fulfilling life. Additionally, the emotional toll, such as depression, anxiety, and loss of enjoyment, further emphasizes the importance of the injury's impact on the victim's overall quality of life. The need for ongoing medical treatments, rehabilitation, assistive devices, and potential future surgeries also contributes to the evaluation of the injury's value. By considering the comprehensive effects and long-term consequences on the victim's life, a fair and appropriate compensation can be determined to address the hardships and challenges faced by individuals with a spine injury.

If you or a loved one has suffered a spine injury, it is crucial to seek legal guidance from an experienced personal injury attorney in New York. Navigating the complexities of personal injury law and determining the accurate value of your claim requires the expertise of a knowledgeable professional.

Contact Stephen Bilkis & Associates

At Stephen Bilkis & Associates, we are committed to helping individuals who have suffered from spine injuries understand the true value of their claims. Our experienced team of personal injury attorneys serving New York recognizes the profound impact that these injuries can have on all aspects of your life. We have the knowledge, resources, and dedication to assess the unique circumstances of your case and pursue the maximum compensation you deserve. Contact us 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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