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Brooklyn Nerve Impingement Injury

Nerve impingement, commonly referred to as a pinched nerve or a compressed nerve, is one of the most common spinal cord injuries. Like a brain injury, a compressed nerve can result from a car accident, motorcycle accident, slip and fall accident, workplace accident, or truck accident, but can also occur from a mistake made by a medical professional. Whether your pinched nerve was the result of an accident or medical malpractice, New York law allows victims who suffer serious injuries due to the negligence of others are entitled to seek damages through a personal injury claim. If you or a family member have been in an accident and suffered a nerve impingement or another type of spinal cord injury, it is important that you immediately contact an experienced Brooklyn Nerve Impingement Injury Lawyer who will review the facts of your case and work aggressively to help you get the compensation to which you are entitled through a personal injury claim.

Common Causes and Symptoms of Nerve Impingement

Those who suffer from a nerve impingement spinal injury often also suffer from one or more herniated disks caused by a traumatic accident such as an auto accident, slip and fall accident, or construction accident. Depending on where in the spine the nerve impingement is located, symptoms may include:

  • Back or neck pain
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Weakness or numbness in the hands or feet
  • Coordination problems
  • Bladder or bowel dysfunction

Sometimes these symptoms are temporary, while in other cases the symptoms are permanent.

Treatment for nerve impingement typically includes pain management, use of a brace, physical therapy or prescription steroids. In some cases, surgery may be needed to relieve compressed or pinched spinal nerves.

Pursuing Compensation

Depending on the severity of your pinched nerve, you may be unable to work for a substantial amount of time. Furthermore, in some cases a back injury may prevent you from performing certain types of work that requires heavy lifting or the use of heavy equipment. Ultimately you may not be able to earn the amount of money you would have been able to earn had you not suffered a nerve impingement injury. Holding the negligent person accountable through a personal injury lawsuit may result in the compensation you need to provide you and your family with needed financial relief. Through a personal injury lawsuit you may receive compensation for losses you suffered. For example, you may receive damages for both your past and future medical expenses. Medical expenses including emergency room services, hospital stay, surgery, prescriptions and rehabilitation. You also may be entitled to receive damages to cover your lost wages if you miss work while you recover. Lost wages includes the paychecks you miss as well as the value of sick and vacation days that you used during your recovery. If as a result of your injury you are unable to earn the amount of money you otherwise would have, you may be entitled to damages for loss of earning capacity. The physical and emotional pain that you endured are also compensable in a personal injury lawsuit.

It is important to understand that New York has strict time limits for filing a personal injury claim. If you miss the deadline, you will be forever barred from seeking compensation regardless of the merit of your case.

If the injury occurred at work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. For example, a pinched nerve can be caused by repetitive activities at work such as typing on a computer or using certain tools in a repetitive manner. Workers’ compensation benefits typically come in the form of medical expenses, lost income and benefits, loss of ability to earn, and more. However, just because the accident occurred at work does not necessarily mean that you are limited to the benefit available through workers’ compensation.

Brooklyn Nerve Impingement Injury Lawyer

If you suffered a nerve impingement injury in an auto accident, slip and fall accident, construction accident, workplace accident or any other accident, contact an experienced attorney who understands both the legal issues associated with personal injury cases as well as the medical issues associated with back, neck and spinal cord injuries. The staff at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC is experienced in handling personal injury and wrongful death cases stemming from auto, truck, motorcycle, boat, workplace and construction accidents. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case.