New York Spinal Fracture Injury
The spine is composed of numerous bones (vertebrae) and jelly-like cushions (intervertebral disc), all of which constitute the spinal column. Approximately half of the upper body weight is supported by the spinal column. When the strength and stability are surpassed, through the combined compression, rotational and distraction forces, a spinal fracture occurs. The predominant force impacting the spinal column determines the type of the resulting spinal fracture. Spinal fracture may or may not include spinal cord damage. According to the New York Spinal Injury Lawyer team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, approximately 150,000 people sustain a spinal fracture every year in the United States, with an average of 15,000 suffering from spinal cord trauma.
Spinal fracture often occurs as a result of a truck accident, auto accident, SUV accident motorcycle accident, penetrating trauma, pedestrian accident, high distance fall or industrial accident. Many times the accident occurs from another party’s careless acts. The New York Spinal Fracture Lawyer group at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC has learned almost half of all incidents of spinal fracture occur due to a motor vehicle accident.
Numerous symptoms follow a spinal fracture. Our New York Spinal Fracture Injury Attorney team recognizes the most common being severe pain, and may include:
- Loss of reflexes
- Low blood pressure
- Loss of mobility
The severity of spinal fracture varies with the location and mechanism of injury. Spinal fracture can vary from a painful compression fracture or burst fracture to a cervical spinal fracture or lumbar spinal fracture. The various types of spinal fracture typically result in spinal column instability. The New York Injury Lawyer Team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC understands spinal column instability can lead to more serious complications, such as spinal cord damage.
The location and severity of the spinal fracture may be determined by physical examination and utilizing X-ray, Computerized Tomography (CT scans) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI scans). Spinal cord injury can be determined by neurological examination. Treatment of spinal fracture may only require pain medications and bed rest followed by physical therapy and exercise. Oftentimes spinal fracture requires surgical intervention to stabilize the spinal column, evacuate excess fluid and tissue impinging the spinal cord, or to remove vertebral or intervertebral disc fragments. Surgery is often required to alleviate the symptoms of spinal cord injury accompanying the spinal fracture. Long-term recovery depends on the severity and location of the spinal fracture. The New York Spinal Injury Attorney group at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC concludes post-surgical recovery demands physical therapy, occupational therapy, home exercises and rehabilitation.
If your spinal fracture results from another person’s negligence, you shouldn’t have to suffer alone. Consulting the New York Spinal Injury Lawyer team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC may be beneficial in the protection of your rights and the successful mitigation of your claim.
If you or someone you love is suffering from a spinal fracture, contact our New York Spinal Injury Attorney team with Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC. You can find us on the Internet or by calling us toll-free at 800.696.9529, or stop by our New York office locations or one of our other convenient locations through New York City in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, the Bronx or at our offices located in Nassau County or Suffolk County on Long Island as well as Westchester County.