New York Cervical Spinal Injury Attorney
The cervical spine, also referred to as C-spine, is the area of the back, commonly called the neck, which consists of seven vertebrae. Due to the architecture of the cervical spine, numerous types of cervical spinal injury can occur. A cervical spinal fracture is a disruption of the cervical vertebrae. Cervical spinal fracture is often called a broken neck. A cervical spinal fracture occurs due to a sudden and violent rotation of the neck or a substantial impact to the head or neck area. A sprain of the paraspinal muscle of the cervical spine or a herniated disc can also occur from an inline compression impact.
The New York Cervical Spinal Injury Attorney staff at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC contends cervical spinal injury most often results from a sports injury, slip and fall, recreational accident, motor vehicle accident or motorcycle accident. For example, a football player spearing an opponent with his helmet can induce a cervical spinal fracture. Cervical spinal fracture is a very serious injury, regardless of the mechanism of injury.
Cervical spinal injury may elicit paralysis among other symptoms, such as:
- Severe pain
- Loss of reflexes
- Progressive neurologic deterioration
- Low blood pressure
A cervical spinal injury can elicit severe pain at the location of injury. Compression of the nerves may lead to pain in the neck, shoulders and arms. Bruising and swelling of the neck are common in cervical spinal injury. X-ray, Computerized Tomography (CT scans) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI scans) may be utilized to determine the location and severity of the cervical spinal injury. A neurological exam can assess for spinal cord damage.
Cervical spinal injury treatment typically requires immediate head and neck immobilization to inhibit further damage. Cervical spinal injury treatment is also determined by the type of injury and body components involved. Cervical collars, traction or surgical treatment are necessary for neck stabilization and to relieve the side effects of spinal cord and nerve compression. Different surgical procedures are often utilized to relieve the symptoms of cervical spinal injury. A discectomy may be recommended to relieve spinal cord pressure. Vertebral fusion may be necessary to stabilize the cervical spine. Screws, wires or metal plates are often installed to lock vertebral fragments in place. Many times, minor cervical spinal injury only requires the use of a cervical collar to stabilize the neck and medication to relieve any pain. Physical therapy is often required for long-term strengthening and repair of the neck muscles.
Cervical spinal injury can induce searing pain, partial paralysis (paraplegia) or complete paralysis (quadriplegia). These disabilities added to the high medical bills, mental anguish and loss of wages can induce stress, confusion and frustration. If the cervical spinal injury results from another person’s carelessness, you may have rights to legal compensation. Consulting the New York Spinal Injury Lawyer team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC may be essential in preserving your rights and successfully pursuing your claim.
If you or someone you love is suffering from a cervical spinal injury, contact our New York Injury Attorney team with Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC for a free initial case evaluation. Please call us at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW, online or contact an office in Nassau County or Suffolk County in Long Island or one our offices in New York City including Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan, the Bronx or Brooklyn as well in both Rockland County and Westchester County