New York Lumbar Spinal Injury
The spinal column consists of many intervertebral discs and vertebrae. Typically half of the mass of the upper body is supported by the spinal column. The lumbar spine, or L-spine, is the lower portion of the spinal column. Due to the construction and load-bearing forces placed on the lumbar spine, various types of lumbar spinal injury can occur. If the lower spinal column is subjected to a combined compression, distraction and rotation forces that overcome the strength and stability of the spinal column, a lumbar spinal fracture can occur. The knowledgeable New York Lumbar Spinal Injury Attorney Team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC has learned the predominant force impacting the spinal column will determine the type of lumbar spinal injury. Compression fracture is among the most common types of lumbar spinal injury. The most common portion of the lumbar spine to endure a lumbar spinal injury is the thoracolumbar junction. The uniquely skilled New York Spinal Injury Attorney team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC has learned lumbar spinal injury often results in spinal cord trauma.
Lumbar spinal injury typically occurs as a result of an occupational accident (workers compensation), penetrating trauma, motor vehicle accident, high distance fall (scaffold accident) or pedestrian accident. Many times these accidents are the result of another party’s careless actions. The New York Lumbar Spinal Injury Attorney staff at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC has learned approximately five to six percent of car accident victims suffer from a lumbar spinal fracture.
The highly skilled New York Injury Lawyer staff at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC has found lower back pain to be among the most common symptoms of lumbar spinal injury, along with:
- Lower extremity paralysis
- Lower extremity weakness
- Loss of bowel function
- Loss of bladder function
Medical professionals utilize physical examination, along with computerized tomography (CT scans), X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI scans), to assess for lumbar spinal injury. Immediate spinal column immobilization is required to stabilize the lumbar spinal injury and inhibit further damage. Medications, such as corticosteroids, should be administered as soon as possible following lumbar spinal injury to reduce swelling and prevent further spinal cord damage. At times surgical intervention, such as spinal fusion or discectomy, is necessary to fully stabilize the spinal column or alleviate the compression associated with fluid buildup around the spinal cord. The New York Spinal Injury Attorney group at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC has found the severity of the lumbar spinal injury determines the length and difficulty of recovery. Most often long-term recovery requires extensive bed rest, spinal traction, rehabilitation and physical therapy.
The passionate New York Spinal Injury Lawyer group at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC understands a lumbar spinal injury can significantly impact your life. Loss of the ability to work, high medical bills, loss of quality of life and emotional anguish can elicit a feeling of hopelessness and depression. Contacting the aggressive New York Lumbar Spinal Injury Lawyer group at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC may be crucial in protecting your legal rights and pursuing compensation for your losses.
If you or someone you love is suffering from a lumbar spinal injury, contact our New York Spinal Injury Attorney team with Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC for a free initial case review. Call us or contact us online or visit one of our office locations in and throughout the New York City and Long Island area. We have offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island, Suffolk County, Nassau County and Westchester County and Rockland County too.