New York Fractured Vertebrae
A fractured vertebrae injury, also known as a spinal fracture, occurs when the bones in your spine, called vertebrae, break and collapse. It is a type of spinal cord injury. Fractured vertebrae are often caused by trauma to the back that occurs in truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, car accidents, slip and fall accidents, gunshots, and sports injuries. Victims of SUV rollover accidents are particularly susceptible to spinal fractures as well as a head, neck or brain injury. In addition to the pain caused by such an injury, fractured vertebrae leave victims frustrated because when such an injury is caused in a car accident or some other type of accident that was due to another person’s negligence, the injury was unnecessary and could have been avoided. Fortunately, under New York law 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 spinal fracture, it is important that you immediately contact an experienced New York Fractured Vertebrae Lawyer as you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses.Symptoms of Fractured Vertebrae
The most common symptom that you have fractured vertebrae is back or neck pain. You may also experience a decreased range of motion. As a result you may not be able to move, bend or twist your torso to the extent you could prior to the injury. A fractured vertebrae injury may be coupled with a damage to nerves. If that is the case, then you may also experience pain, tingling or numbness in the part of the body related to the injured nerve.Common Causes of Fractured Vertebrae
While a herniated disk can be caused by aging, one can also suffer a herniated disk from lifting heavy objects. In fact, herniated disks are one of the most common workplace injuries. Those who have jobs that involved repetitive lifting, pulling, pushing, bending sideways and twisting are at increased risk of an injury that results in a herniated disk. Other common causes of herniated disks include car accidents and slip and fall accidents.Pursuing Compensation for a Fractured Vertebrae Injury
Treatment of a fractured vertebrae injury varies depending on the severity of the injury. Sometimes only a back brace is required, while in more severe cases surgery may be required. In either case, victims may not be able to return to work right away, or at all. For example, if your job involves heavy lifting, you may not be able to perform your job for a period of time. As a result, your ability to earn a living and support your family may be compromised.
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.
If the injury occurred at work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Compensation often comes 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.New York Fractured Vertebrae Lawyer
If you suffered a fractured vertebrae 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 1.800.NY.NY.LAW (1.800.696.9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We serve those injured in accidents in the following locations: