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Spinal Cord Injury Attorney NYC
Spinal cord injuries are typically catastrophic, meaning they usually result in lifelong or long-term implications. While other areas of the body, such as bodily tissues, are able to regrow and repair themselves, the same cannot be said of the brain or the spine. After an injury, the basic functions of the spine sometimes do not ever return. A spinal cord injury can result in permanent disabilities that are devastating for families physically, emotionally, and financially.
When a spinal cord injury is the result of another person’s negligence, victims and their family members can secure damages to help offset the costs of treatment. A spinal cord injury attorney in NYC can help individuals secure the maximum damages they deserve. Contact Silberstein, Awad & Miklos today to request a free consultation.
Incomplete & Complete Spinal Cord Injuries
Due to the severity of spinal cord injuries, many people think they are quite rare. Unfortunately, they are much more common than people believe. The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) states that approximately 12,000 individuals suffer from a spinal cord injury every year in the United States. These injuries are classified as an incomplete or complete spinal cord injury.
- Incomplete spinal cord injuries result in the loss of some feeling and partial function in a certain area of the body.
- Complete spinal cord injuries will result in no sensation or function below the site of the injury.
Many advancements have recently been made in the way spinal cord injuries are treated, making it more likely that a person will suffer from an incomplete injury rather than a complete injury. Still, even incomplete injuries can last throughout a person’s lifetime and are very costly to treat.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Any time the spinal cord is struck or impacted, it can result in a serious injury. The most common causes of spinal cord injuries include:
Motor vehicles are equipped with many safety features today. But when a car, motorcycle, or truck is involved in a collision, even this advanced technology is sometimes not enough. Vehicles that are traveling at high speeds can make a spinal cord injury even more catastrophic, and the minimum amount of auto insurance drivers are required to carry is often not enough to cover the cost.
A slip or trip that leads to a fall may not sound like it will result in a major injury, but these accidents have the potential to cause very serious damage to the spinal cord. This is particularly true for certain sectors of society, such as the elderly. Property owners who do not correct dangerous conditions on their property can be held liable for any injuries that result from an accident.
Bicyclists do not enjoy the same type of physical protection as drivers and passengers in motor vehicles. Motorists also do not watch for cyclists in the same way they watch for other vehicles. This type of negligence could lead to a serious bicycle accident that results in a spinal cord injury.
Manufacturers are responsible for ensuring their products are safe for consumers to use. When they do not and a defective product causes an accident that results in a spinal cord injury, accident victims can hold manufacturers liable.
Certain medical procedures, such as surgery, are very intricate and delicate processes. One small mistake, or even a twitch of the hand, can result in a catastrophic and irreversible injury.
It is not always easy to determine what caused a spinal cord injury. For example, accident victims may first think a negligent driver caused a crash. After an investigation, however, it might be found that the brakes on the other vehicle were defective and were the actual cause of the accident.
The Impacts of a Spinal Cord Injury
It may seem obvious that a spinal cord injury is very serious, but stats and figures from certain organizations show just how many negative impacts this type of injury may cause. According to the NSCISC, over 57 percent of individuals who suffered a spinal cord injury were employed prior to their accident, but just over 11 percent of them returned to work.
The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation has found that spinal cord injury victims may require an average of 12 days of hospitalization following an accident. After that time, an accident victim may require an additional 37 days in a rehabilitation unit. They also found that after being discharged from a hospital, approximately 6 percent of individuals were discharged to a nursing home.
These stats highlight the negative impacts of a spinal cord injury, and they show just how costly this type of injury can become.
Most families do not have the capacity to cover the financial costs of an accident that results in a spinal cord injury. Although the costs are tremendous, New York law allows accident victims and their families to file a claim for compensation. Damages available in a civil lawsuit can include physical therapy and other rehabilitation methods, nursing care, loss of income, and more. When accident victims cannot return to the same line of work after the accident and will suffer financially as a result, injured they can also include a loss of future earnings in their claim.
In addition to being very painful, spinal cord injuries can also negatively affect a victim’s relationships with their loved ones. Compensation is available for these losses as well. Those injured can include damages for pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and loss of support and guidance.
A spinal cord injury attorney in NYC can accurately evaluate a claim and help ensure accident victims secure the maximum damages they deserve.
Get Legal Help Today
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury due to the carelessness of another person, our NYC spinal cord injury attorneys can assist with your case. At Silberstein, Awad & Miklos, P.C., we know how to evaluate these claims and will collect evidence to help you recover the compensation you and your family need. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled attorneys.