New York Spinal Cord Trauma Injury Lawyer
The spinal cord is the large bundle of nerves which carries nerve impulses transmitted from the brain to and from all of the different parts. The spinal cord is encapsulated within the vertebrae, which constitutes the spinal column. The spinal cord is approximately eighteen inches long and begins at the base of the brain and extends down to the first lumbar vertebra. Spinal cord trauma is defined as any spinal injury resulting in damage to the spinal cord. Spinal cord trauma may occur as a result of direct injury to the spinal cord or indirectly from trauma to the bones, tissues and blood vessels surrounding the spinal cord. The severity of the spinal cord trauma is determined by the mechanism of injury and the location. According to our New York Spinal Cord Trauma Injury Lawyer Team, twelve thousand Americans experience the effects of spinal cord trauma each year.
Spinal cord trauma can result from numerous injuries to the spine. Our New York Spinal Cord Trauma Attorney staff finds spinal cord trauma most often occurs from a car accident or other motor vehicle accident, gunshot wound, assault construction accident, assault and sports injury.
Symptoms of spinal cord trauma vary with the location of injury. The New York Injury Attorney team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC has found the common symptoms include:
- Loss of bladder function
- Loss of bowel function
- Sensory changes
Spinal cord trauma is assessed by physical examination, neurological examination, computerized tomography (CT scans), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI scans), myelogram, X-rays and magnetic stimulation.
Spinal cord trauma treatment should employ the use of corticosteroids immediately following injury to reduce edema. Surgery is often necessary to evacuate fluid and tissue compressing the spinal cord, to remove vertebral fragments, intervertebral disc fragments or foreign objects, or to stabilize the fractured vertebrae, through vertebral fusion or insertion of hardware. Treatment will also focus on eliminating muscles spasm and bladder and bowel dysfunction. Bed rest is typically required to promote healing. Spinal traction, physical therapy and rehabilitation are often utilized to promote long-term recovery.
Spinal cord trauma can create life-altering complications. The loss of function, inability to perform daily tasks, inability to work and loss of wages can lead to stress, frustration and depression. Consulting the New York Spinal Injury Lawyer team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC can greatly increase the probability of a successful litigation to recover compensation for your losses.
If you or someone you love is suffering from spinal cord trauma or other personal injury contact our New York Injury Attorney team with Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC. You can find us on the web or by calling our toll-free number, 1.800.NY.NY.LAW. Also consider coming by our New York office location or one of our other convenient locations through New York City in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island or at our offices located in Nassau County or Suffolk County in Long Island as well as Westchester County.