New York Spinal Cord Damage Attorney
As reported by our New York Spinal Cord Damage Lawyer team, every year an average of twelve thousand Americans suffer from spinal cord damage.
The spinal cord is the collective bundle of nerves responsible for the transfer of nerve impulses to and from the brain to all portions of the body. The spinal cord is encased within the vertebrae, which creates the spinal column. The spinal cord is roughly eighteen inches long and extends from the base of the brain down to the first lumbar vertebra. Spinal cord damage is referred to as any injury leading to a disruption in the spinal cord. Spinal cord damage may appear from direct impact on the spinal cord or from indirect impact from trauma to the blood vessels, bones or tissues around the spinal cord. The degree of spinal cord injury is directly impacted by the nature and location of the impact.
Spinal cord damage may result from many different types of spinal injury. Our New York Spinal Cord Damage Attorney staff finds spinal cord damage most often results due to a truck accident or other motor vehicle accident, assault, construction accident, gunshot wound or sports injury.
Symptoms of spinal cord damage vary due to location of injury. The experienced New York Spinal Injury Attorney team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC has learned the most common symptoms of spinal cord damage include:
- Sensory changes
- Loss of bowel function
- Loss of bladder function
A number of different diagnostic examinations, such as neurological examination, physical examination, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI scans), myelogram, computerized tomography (CT scans), X-rays and magnetic stimulation, are employed to assess spinal cord damage.
Treatment of spinal cord damage should utilize corticosteroids to reduce edema immediately following injury. Surgical intervention is often employed to remove excess fluid and tissue impacting the spinal cord, to extract intervertebral disc fragments, vertebral fragments or foreign objects, and for vertebral stabilization, through insertion of hardware or vertebral fusion. Treatment will also target on managing bladder and bowel dysfunction and eliminating muscles spasm. Spinal traction, bed rest, rehabilitation and physical therapy are often required to promote healing and long-term recovery.
Spinal cord damage can elicit life-altering complications. The loss of function, inability to work, inability to perform daily tasks and loss of wages can induce frustration, stress and depression. Employing the New York Spinal Injury Lawyer team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC may substantially elevate the probability of successfully recovering the compensation you deserve.
If you or someone you love is suffering from spinal cord damage or other personal injury, contact our New York Spinal Injury Attorney team with Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC to review your legal options. You may reach us at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW, online or contact an office in Nassau County or Suffolk County on Long Island or one our offices in New York City including Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island or Westchester County.