Bronx Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
When an accident leads to a spinal cord injury, it might further lead to permanent disability. Minor spinal cord injuries heal on their own in a short amount of time, even if they cause temporary paralysis. When severe accidents occur, however, serious spinal cord injuries can lead to full or partial paralysis in one or more parts of the body. When accident victims suffer a spine injury, they typically face a mountainous pile of medical bills. In addition to lost income as a result of not working during recovery, it’s likely a victim might not be able to ever return to their previous job, or any type of gainful employment.
Spinal cord injuries are devastating life events. When victims suffer injury because of another party’s careless choices and negligence, they should be compensated for damages related to their injury. If you have sustained a spinal cord injury as a result of a negligent party, you shouldn’t have to deal with the financial stress which accompanies a severe injury. You deserve compensation.
If you need legal representation after a spinal cord injury, contact Attorney Ivan M. Diamond at (718) 588-2000 to schedule a free consultation to discuss the details of your case and determine the best path forward for your situation.
Ivan M. Diamond’s Results in Spine Injury Cases
Attorney Ivan M. Diamond has ample experience representing the injured in a wide array of personal injury cases, including those which involve spinal cord injuries. Diamond’s dedication to client service includes building strong cases against those who have caused harm to his clients. His continued commitment to justice and advocacy has resulted in recovering millions of dollars in damages for his clients.
Recent case results include settlements and verdicts ranging from $175,000 to almost $2.5 million for clients who suffered injury as a result of negligent parties. These past examples can’t guarantee results in every event, but Attorney Ivan M. Diamond will aggressively pursue the best outcome for your case.
Spinal Cord Injuries Stem from Specific Events
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), four specific events cause more than 90 percent of all spinal cord injuries across the United States each year.
- Traffic collisions cause more than 40 percent of spinal cord injuries for those younger than age 65.
- Unintentional falls remain the main cause of spinal cord injuries for those over age 65, and are responsible for 28 percent of all spinal cord injuries.
- Violence in all forms, including gunshot wounds, cause approximately 15 percent of spinal cord injuries each year.
- Sports accidents, especially in full-contact sports, lead to about 8 percent of all spinal cord injuries.
Spinal Cord Damage Effects Vary by the Location of the Injury
Medical professions divide your spine, and the vertebrae which protect it, into three distinct regions: cervical, thoracic, and lumbar regions. Each region of the spinal cord controls different body functions, so the loss of specific functions depends on the region in which a victim suffers an injury. Generally speaking, injuries which occur closer to the neck result in more loss than injuries which occur closer to the tailbone. The possible long-term effects which might occur in each region are below:
Spinal cord injuries which occur in the lumbar and sacral region don’t cause as severe damage as injuries in the other regions, but a severe spinal cord injury in the lumbar region can still cause permanent damage. The lumbar region of the spine controls nerve signals to the lower extremities, including everything from the hips to the toes. An injury near the top of this region might result in paraplegia, but lower injuries do not result in paralysis.
This region controls signals to the trunk of the body and areas in the arms. A spinal cord injury in the thoracic region can lead to limited movement of the torso with a loss of control to muscles in the abdomen.
This region includes the part of the spine protected by a person’s eight neck vertebrae. The spinal cord in the cervical region controls nerve signals to the arms and the diaphragm, and an injury can result in permanent paralysis from the neck down. Other possible complications from an injury in the cervical region might result in the inability to breathe without a ventilator and loss of sensation in limbs.
Recovering Damages After a Spinal Cord Injury
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of another party’s negligence, New York law permits you to seek compensation for damages in civil court as long as you take action within the statute of limitations which applies to your case. You might recover the following damages from a settlement or verdict in your favor:
- Medical costs including ambulance and emergency services, hospitalization, diagnostic scans, surgery, and prescription medication
- Future medical costs for the most severe spinal cord injuries which require lifelong care
- Rehabilitation costs including visits to physical therapists and other specialists to help you regain functions
- Home modification costs to improve accessibility
- Lost wages for time away from work due to injury and hospitalization
- Lost earning capacity when a spinal cord injury results in a permanent disability preventing an injured person from returning to work
- Decreased quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium with a spouse
Bronx Spinal Cord Injury FAQ
Spinal cord injuries happen in many ways and for many reasons. Some common scenarios include vehicle accidents, medical malpractice incidents, or because of an illness. If another person caused the injury, you may be eligible to recover damages for the injury, especially if the injury leads to long-term or permanent disabilities. Regardless of the cause, a spinal cord injury is usually life-changing for the victim
What is the spinal cord and what are spinal cord injuries?
The spinal cord consists of nerves and fibers that deliver the signals from your brain to the appropriate parts of your body. The spinal cord resides in the spinal canal, which is contained within the vertebrae. The vertebrae and the muscles around the spinal cord help protect it from damage, but they cannot protect it from all damage.
Doctors describe spinal cord injuries based on the point on the spine where nerve function is interrupted. Cervical injuries are classified as C1 to C8, which is the upper part of the spine. Thoracic injuries are classified as T1 through T12 and are in the middle of the spine. Lumbar injuries are classified as L1 through L5 and are in the lower, lumbar region of the spine. If an injury is “incomplete,” some signals can still get through to the body below the injury. If an injury is “complete,” no signals can get through.
What are some of the effects a Bronx spinal cord injury has on the body other than paralysis?
Because a spinal cord injury interrupts nerve signals, it affects the body’s function below the injury, and in some cases, also above the injury.
Some of the effects a victim might experience include:
- Bone loss;
- Bedsores (pressure ulcers);
- Muscle atrophy (wasting);
- Depression and/or anxiety;
- Bladder and/or bowel issues; and
- Cardiovascular issues.
Will I ever walk again after a spinal cord injury?
Whether you will walk again or not depends on the severity of the damage and the location of the damage to your spinal cord. The chances of spinal cord injury victims walking again are better than they were in years past because of advances in the medical field. Whether you walk again can also depend on how much work you are willing to do in physical therapy, based on your chances (whether large or slim) of recovering enough to regain your ability to walk.
In some cases, even someone with a slim chance of walking again can walk, though often not as easily as they did before the injury. In other cases, those whom doctors expect to walk again never can, whether because of the type and amount of therapy they participate in, or because doctors incorrectly predicted their chances of walking again.
What are the treatment options for spinal cord injuries in the Bronx?
Researchers, including those at SCIProgress.com, are continuously looking for new treatments for spinal cord injuries. The treatments you receive will depend on the type of spinal cord injury you sustained, and might include surgery, medications, and immobilization during the recovery process. Researchers are also working with IV steroids and epidural stimulation as experimental treatment options.
What is the difference between total paralysis and partial paralysis?
Total paralysis means that you lose control over both sides of your body, while partial paralysis is losing control over one side of your body. For example, if the injury is low on your spine and you have control and use of one leg but not the other, you have partial paralysis.
How much does it cost to live with a spinal cord injury in the Bronx?
A spinal cord injury could cost the injured person millions of dollars in medical expenses, therapy expenses, in-home assistance or assisted living, modifications to vehicles and homes, medical equipment that needs to be replaced over time, medication, and clothing that wears out faster when it rubs on medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, and other aids.
What damages can I seek after a spinal cord injury in the Bronx?
The amount and type of damages you can seek after an accident that injures your spinal cord depends on the nature of the accident and your prognosis. If you are eligible to seek damages, you can often seek to recover both economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages. Special damages, also referred to as economic damages, can include:
- Past medical expenses incurred because of the accident and before a settlement or a trial award.
- Future medical expenses you will likely continue to incur after the settlement or trial award.
- Past lost wages incurred because of the accident and before a settlement or a trial award.
- Future lost wages you are likely to incur after the settlement or a trial award. Future lost wages can include partial future lost wages if you can still work, but not at the same salary rate as you did before the accident.
- Replacement or repair of destroyed or damaged personal property.
- Burial, funeral, and/or cremation expenses if you lost a loved one in an accident or if the accident-related injury caused your loved one’s death sometime after the accident.
Non-economic damages. General damages, also known as non-economic damages, can include:
- Pain and suffering.
- Emotional distress, which is often included with pain and suffering, but in some cases is calculated separately from physical pain and suffering.
- Loss of use of a body part or bodily function.
- Loss of quality of life, companionship, and/or consortium.
- Excessive scarring and/or disfigurement.
If you suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident, contact the Law Offices of Ivan M. Diamond for a free case evaluation.
Get the Legal Help You Need from a Bronx Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
If you need legal representation after suffering a spine injury, experienced personal injury attorney, Ivan M. Diamond can help you seek the compensation you deserve. In addition to building a strong case against liable parties, Ivan Diamond can handle communication with insurance companies, file the necessary legal paperwork, and advocate for you through the entire lawsuit process. This gives you the time and peace of mind to focus on recovering to the highest level you can.
If you choose Ivan M. Diamond to represent you after a spinal cord injury, you don’t have to worry about paying out-of-pocket; instead, attorney fees will be deducted only as a portion of any compensation you receive. Contact The Law Offices of Ivan M. Diamond online or call (718) 588-2000 today to schedule a free case review.
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