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New York Spinal Injury Attorney

At Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, each New York Spinal Injury Lawyer in the firm is aware of the traumatic and life-altering consequences of a spinal injury. The highly skilled New York Spinal Injury Attorney team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC has learned spinal cord trauma afflicts approximately 15,000 Americans every year, with an average of 10,000 individuals experiencing permanent paralysis or death. With the severity of this injury ranging from partial paralysis to complete paralysis (quadriplegia) this form of injury often leaves an individual and his/her family devastated and overwhelmed. Our experienced New York Spinal Injury Lawyer team is here to help you recover from your injury.

Medically defined, a spinal cord injury is trauma resulting in the destruction of spinal cord cells or the disruption of the nerve tracts which carry nerve impulses throughout the spinal cord leading to a loss of function. Spinal injury does not always include spinal cord damage. Spinal injury may encompass a simple bulging disc or herniated disc or a more serious compression fracture or burst fracture.

Our experience with spinal injury cases demonstrates that the most common causes involve surgical error, playground accidents, physical assault, birth injury, motorcycle accident or other auto accidents, defective products and workplace accident (workers compensation). These common causes of spinal injury can be caused by the neglect, carelessness or utter disregard of another person or entity. If you or a loved one is dealing from the painful consequences caused by a spinal injury, contact our experienced New York Spinal Injury Attorney group. These types of injuries are often long-lasting, life-changing, and can disturb the lives of both the victim and their family. Contact our understanding and empathic team of New York Injury Lawyers team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, to discuss your legal options.

A spinal injury, also referred to as back injury, may result from numerous actions. A simple sneeze, bending to tie a shoe or more serious trauma, such as from a car accident or slip and fall, can lead to a spinal injury. A victim of spinal injury, such as a cervical spinal fracture or lumbar spinal injury, may experience temporary loss of function, paraparesis (weakness in the lower extremities), hemiplegia (weakness of the limbs on one side of the body), chronic pain or permanent paralysis, such as quadriplegia (also known as tetraplegia) or paraplegia. Spinal injury often requires immediate emergency medical treatment to minimize long-term effects. Limiting the time from injury to treatment is critical in promoting a healthy recovery. If your treatment was delayed due to the inaction of a physician or emergency medical responder, you may be able to also file a claim of medical malpractice. At Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, our New York Spinal Injury Lawyer staff will discuss any possible legal actions.

Spinal injury treatment varies with the type of injury. Spinal cord trauma requires different treatment than cervical spinal injury or sacral spinal injury. In some cases, spinal injury treatment only requires medications such as corticosteroids to minimize pain and edema. Other times spinal injury may require surgical intervention as in decompression laminectomy or discectomy to counteract the effects of a disc bulge. Lumbar spinal fracture and lumbosacral spinal fracture often require vertebral fusion to stabilize the spinal column. If surgery is utilized, post-surgical immobilization is often required for a positive outcome.

Oftentimes a spinal injury, such as a thoracic spinal injury or thoracic spinal fracture, elicits substantial physical disabilities, such as a loss of motor function, loss of bowel function, loss of bladder function, loss of respiratory function, loss of blood pressure regulation.

Multiple symptoms can happen from spinal damage or other spinal injury. Our New York Spinal Injury Attorney team determines the most common symptom is severe pain but other symptoms include:

  • Swelling
  • Numbness
  • Bruising
  • Loss of reflexes
  • Loss of movement
  • Low blood pressure

Typically spinal injury brings about a drastic emotional change as well, such as denial, depression or a feeling of hopelessness. Substantial medical treatment may be necessary for spinal injury, as well as physical, emotional, and occupational rehabilitation. Experiencing extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation often elicits stress and anguish through substantial medical bills, physical, emotional and mental distress and loss of wages. Every New York Spinal Injury Lawyer at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC has learned the multitude of effects spinal injury can exhibit and may be essential in getting your life back to normal.

Although a spinal injury can be life-altering by itself, the injury can be one of many injuries caused by the negligence of another person. In addition to spinal damage, car accidents, slip and fall accidents and workplace accidents can cause a multitude of damage including brain injury and even wrongful death.

If the spinal injury appears as a result of another person’s negligence or wrongful act, consulting a New York Spinal Injury Lawyer with Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC may be crucial in successfully mitigating your spinal injury claim. The knowledgeable New York Spinal Injury Attorney team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC employs unique skills and techniques along with vast litigation experience and knowledge to pursue compensation for your medical expenses and loss of wages.

If you or someone you love is suffering from a spinal injury, contact our New York Spinal Injury Attorney team with Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC to discuss your case and legal options. Contact us online or call us at 800.696.9529. We have offices located through the New York area in New York City, Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Westchester County and on Long Island in Nassau County or Suffolk County. Again, whether your injury is a spinal cord injury, spinal cord damage, spinal cord trauma, spinal fracture, thoracic spinal fracture, lumbar spinal fracture, cervical spinal fracture, lumbosacral spinal fracture, herniated disk, bulging disk, burst fracture or causes paraplegia, quadriplegia, hemiplegia or paraparesis, we are here to help.