New York Tetraplegia Injury Attorney
Tetraplegia, also known as quadriplegia, is a life-altering condition caused by a damage to the spinal cord. It is a form of paralysis. While tetraplegia can be caused by illness or medical malpractice, it is also often caused by trauma to the spinal cord that results from a car accident, motorcycle accident, construction accident or a slip and fall. Other conditions that are caused by damage to the spinal cord include paraplegia, anterior cord syndrome, central cord syndrome and posterior cord syndrome. In cases where the injury occurred in an accident such as a SUV rollover accident, it is often the case that the accident could have been avoided as it was caused by the negligence of another person. If you or a family member have been in an accident and suffered spinal cord injury that left you a tetraplegic, it is important that you immediately contact an experienced New York Tetraplegic Lawyer as you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses through a personal injury claim.Common Causes of Tetraplegia
Tetraplegia involves a spinal cord injury above the first thoracic vertebra, or within the cervical sections of C1-C8. The result is some degree of paralysis in the legs and arms. The degree of paralysis varies depending on the severity of the injury. If the injury is complete, then there will be no ability to move the arms or legs. In fact, some tetraplegics suffering from complete injuries are unable to breathe without an assistive device. If the injury is incomplete, there may remain some movement and sensation in the arms and legs. There are many causes of spinal injuries that to quadriplegia. Common causes of quadriplegia include:
- Motor vehicle accidents. Auto accidents, particularly SUV rollover accidents, are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries. Annually car accidents cause over 40% of new spinal cord injuries in the United States.
- Falls. Spinal cord injury after age 65 is most often caused by a trip and fall accident. However, people of all ages are victims of fall accident, sometimes with catastrophic results. Fall are the second leading cause of spinal cord injuries, account for over 20% of spinal cord injuries.
- Criminal acts. Many spinal cord injuries are caused by acts of violence such as gunshot and knife wounds. Even a grazing injury by a gun or knife can cause serious damage to the spinal cord. Gun-related injuries account for approximately 10% of spinal cord injuries.
- Sports. Sports and other recreational activities account for a significant number of spinal cord injuries. For example, diving into shallow water can cause quadriplegia.
- Medical mistake. There are cases where the medical error of a medical professional resulted in the patient suffering temporary or permanent paralysis.
Tetraplegia can cause a number of health complications including blood clots, pressure sores, spastic muscles, respiratory problems, and loss of bladder and bowel control. Treatment of a spinal injury that results in paralysis is costly. Following the injury a tetraplegic will require an extended period of treatment and rehabilitative care. Furthermore, you may need to move or modify your home to make it accessible. Your medical treatment, equipment, and therapy are all quite costly and may cause you financial distress. In addition, you may no longer be able to work and earn a living. Thus, while your expenses are increasing your income may have substantially decreased.
A personal injury lawsuit against the business, government entity, or individual responsible for the accident will not only hold that person accountable for the negligent acts but will also provide you and your family with needed financial relief. Through a personal injury action you can seek compensation to cover your medical expenses, modifications to your home or vehicle, and equipment needs to help with your rehabilitation and daily living. You can also seek compensation for your lost earnings and loss of earning capacity. Furthermore, you may also be compensated for the pain and suffering you endured as a result of the injury.
If the injury that resulted in your paralysis was work-related, then 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, it is important to note that worker’s compensation benefits are limited. Just because the accident occurred at work does not necessarily mean that you are limited to the benefit available through workers’ compensation.New York Tetraplegia Lawyer
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that resulted in temporary or permanent paralysis contact an experienced attorney who understands both the legal issues associated with personal injury cases as well as the medical issues associated with tetraplegia and other types of paralysis, as well as medical issues associated with head, neck, back or brain injury. The staff at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC is experienced in handling personal injury and wrongful death cases stemming from auto, truck, motorcycle, boat, and construction accidents. Contact us at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW (1.800.696.9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We serve those injured in accidents in the following locations: