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New York Nerve Impingement

It is not uncommon for a victim of an auto accident to feel back pain immediately after the accident. Along with a brain injury and broken bones, injuries to the back are among the most common types of injuries in a car accident, a truck accident, or a motorcycle accident. Victims of SUV rollover accidents are particularly susceptible to back, neck and spine injuries. There are many different types of back or spine conditions that result from auto accidents such as spinal contusions, herniated disks, and fractured vertebrae. One of the most common types of injuries is nerve impingement, also referred to as a pinched nerve or compressed nerve. When a nerve impingement injury is the result of an accident where another person was at fault, such an accident is typically due to negligence 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 nerve impingement, it is important that you immediately contact an experienced New York Nerve Impingement Lawyer who will review that 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 for a Nerve Impingement Injury

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. 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 Nerve Impingement 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.