New York Neck Injury Lawyer
An injury to your neck can affect every aspect of your life. If you’ve suffered a neck injury in New York because someone else was careless, it’s important to know that you have rights. The experienced New York neck injury lawyers at The Platta Law Firm are here to help you demand the accountability you deserve.
The Platta Law Firm is a top-rated New York personal injury law firm. Our award-winning New York trial attorneys have more than 150 years of combined experience and a demonstrated ability to make a difference in the lives of the injury victims we represent.
We’ve successfully recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in benefits, settlements, and jury awards. Now, let us fight to get you top results in your neck injury case, too. Contact our New York City, NY, law office at (212) 514-5100 today. Your first consultation is free.
Choose The Platta Law Firm to Help You Maximize Your Neck Injury Settlement
Hiring an attorney to help you pursue compensation for your neck injury is one of the best decisions you can make. However, it’s important to know that the attorney you choose can have a huge impact on whether you win and how much money you’re able to recover. Here’s why you’ll want The Platta Law Firm fighting for you:
- We’re recognized leaders in personal injury litigation in NYC with over 150 years of combined experience.
- Our law firm has forced at-fault parties, insurance companies, employers, and other powerful defendants to pay our clients hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation.
- Members of our team have been honored with some of the top awards in the legal industry, including Super Lawyers, Lawyers of Distinction, and the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys.
- Our client-driven, honest approach to litigation has earned us hundreds of stellar reviews on Facebook and Google.
- There’s never a fee to work with our NYC personal injury lawyers unless we win your neck injury case.
You’re going through an incredibly difficult time in your life. You’re trying to figure out how to deal with your debilitating neck injury and move forward. The Platta Law Firm is here to help you every step of the way. Contact our New York City, New York, law office today at (212) 514-5100 to arrange a time for your free case evaluation. Members of our team are always standing by to help.
Common Types of Neck Injuries
The neck is a complex part of the body. It includes delicate bones, nerves, soft tissue, connective tissues, and muscle. It houses our spinal cord, which plays a critical role in allowing the body to communicate with the brain and regulates the Central Nervous System (CNS). When you suffer an injury to the neck – even a mild one – it can be catastrophic. The consequences and impact of an injury to your neck will depend on what type of trauma you suffer. Some of the most common neck injuries include:
Whiplash occurs when your head is whipped back and forth rapidly. This movement causes the soft tissue to overextend and become damaged. While whiplash can occur in any type of accident if the circumstances are right, this injury is most commonly associated with car accidents.
Your neck houses six spinal discs in the cervical spine. Discs are small shock absorbers spaced throughout your spinal column, and help to absorb trauma caused by bumps, blows, and other irritations. Common disc injuries in the neck include herniated discs, which are also known as slipped discs or protruding discs, and disc sprains.
The discs in our cervical spine sit between seven small bones called vertebrae. A violent accident can cause these small bones to break. This type of injury can put you at an increased risk of suffering a severe spinal cord injury. It’s estimated that more than 23,720 people suffer a neck fracture every year.
Disc and vertebrae injuries can also cause pinched nerves. Pinched nerves occur when a disc and/or vertebrae shifts and puts pressure on surrounding nerves. Common signs of a pinched nerve include radiating pain and muscle weakness.
Spinal Cord Injury
The spinal cord runs from the base of the skull to the tailbone. The part of the spinal cord that’s housed in the neck is called the cervical spinal cord. Spinal cord injuries at the cervical level are the most catastrophic because they have the potential to affect every part of the body. Many victims of cervical spinal cord injuries are diagnosed with paralysis of the arms, trunk, and legs, which is also known as quadriplegia.
Cervical stenosis involves the narrowing of the spinal column that puts pressure on the cord or nerve roots in the neck. This is often a secondary injury that evolves after a back injury that isn’t treated properly.
Spondylolisthesis occurs when a vertebrae slips out of place and puts pressure on the spinal cord and/or surrounding nerves. This type of injury is most common in the lumbar spine (lower back) and cervical spine (neck).
Millions Recovered for New York Neck Injury Victims
A neck injury can require costly medical treatment, force you out of work, and prevent you from doing the things you love most. At The Platta Law Firm, we know how much of an impact compensation can have as you figure out how to move forward. We have a proven ability to help our clients win big. Some of our most notable neck injury recoveries include:
- $8.5 million for a construction worker who suffered a neck injury after falling off of scaffolding on a job site.
- $5.5 million for a construction worker who hurt his neck after falling off of a ladder.
- $3.6 million for an electrician who suffered herniated discs in his neck after a ladder accident.
- $2.92 million for a woman who fractured her neck because of an accident involving the elevator at her apartment complex.
- $2.5 million for a woman who seriously injured her neck in a New York car accident.
- $2.35 million for a construction worker whose herniated neck injury required fusion surgery.
- $1.1 million for a pedestrian who suffered severe neck injuries when she was struck by a car.
Put our 150+ years of experience and proven track record to work for you. Contact our neck injury attorneys in New York to set up a free consultation today.
What Causes Neck Injuries in New York?
Injuries to the neck can happen anytime you are struck by an object, fall, suffer a blow to the head, or experience rapid back-and-forth motion. Some of the most common causes include:
- Construction accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Train accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Falls from heights
- Defective products
- Dog bites
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home abuse
- Birth injury
If you suffered a neck injury in an accident because someone else was negligent, The Platta Law Firm can help you hold them accountable. Count on our neck injury lawyers in New York to aggressively pursue the life-changing monetary award you deserve.
What Damages Can I Get If I’ve Suffered a Neck Injury?
As an accident victim, you reserve the right to seek compensation through an insurance claim or lawsuit. Through one or more of these claims, you can seek compensatory damages from at-fault parties. Compensatory damages fall into two categories, each of which is intended to help you cope with your accident in a different way. Economic damages are paid to make you whole by offsetting your present and future costs, such as:
- Hospitalization, surgery, medical devices, medication, and other medical expenses
- Lost wages, income, and benefits
- Reduced earning capacity
- Nursing assistance
- Funeral expenses if a neck injury results in the wrongful death of a loved one
Non-economic damages are paid to help you deal with the consequences of suffering a neck injury that can be difficult to value, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Chronic physical pain
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If you file a neck injury lawsuit and it goes to trial, punitive damages can also be on the table. However, a jury would have to be convinced that the defendant’s conduct was intentional or that they displayed a conscious disregard for your safety.
Neck Injury FAQ
You’ve suffered a neck injury. Now you have questions. The Platta Law Firm has the answers you need.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of a Neck Injury?
There are several symptoms you may experience if you’ve suffered an injury to your neck, including:
- Decreased range of motion
- Neck stiffness
- Muscle spasms
- Weakness in one or more limbs
- Pain isolated to the neck
- Pain that radiates to the shoulders, arm, and hand
If you’ve suffered a severe neck injury, you may experience a loss of mobility, difficulty breathing, or overall weakness. It’s important to get checked out by a medical provider as soon as you can after you’ve hurt your neck. Delaying treatment can cause your injuries to worsen, which could be catastrophic for your health and future.
How Are Neck Injuries Diagnosed?
A physician can use several tests to diagnose a neck injury, including:
- Physical exams of the neck
- Electromyography (EMG)
- CT scans
- Blood tests
- Selective nerve root block
Many providers will use several diagnostic tools to identify your neck injury, evaluate its severity, and determine the best course of action for treatment.
How Are Neck Injuries Treated?
Common neck injury treatments often include:
- Heat packs or ice to reduce inflammation
- Physical therapy
- Surgical decompression of the spinal cord
- Fusion surgery
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Steroid medications
- Neck brace to reduce range of motion
Treatment will depend on the type of neck injury you’ve suffered, its location, and severity.
Do I Qualify for Workers’ Compensation if My Neck Injury is Work-Related?
If your neck injury was sustained while you were performing work-related responsibilities, there’s a good chance you’ll qualify to receive workers’ compensation insurance benefits. However, you must be an employee (not a contractor) and work for an employer who is required to carry workers’ compensation.
Benefits can help to offset the costs of medical treatment and lost wages you experience while your neck injury keeps you from working. Our experienced NYC workers’ compensation attorneys can help you evaluate your situation and pursue all compensation to which you’re entitled under the law.
Can I Get Compensation If an Accident Aggravates a Pre-Existing Neck Injury?
It’s possible, yes. Just because you had a neck injury before your accident doesn’t mean you can get compensation if that injury is aggravated in an accident. However, you must be able to prove that your injury is now worse because someone else was negligent or reckless.
How Long Do I Have to Pursue Compensation for a Neck Injury in New York?
You’ll have a limited time to seek damages if you’ve suffered a neck injury through little-to-no fault of your own. In New York, civil personal injury lawsuits must be filed within three years of the date of an injury. A claim for workers’ compensation must be filed within two years of the date you were injured on the job.
Contact The Platta Law Firm for Help With Your New York Neck Injury Case Today
If you’ve suffered a neck injury in New York, it’s time to call the award-winning legal team at The Platta Law Firm. Someone else is responsible for your suffering and financial stress. Our New York neck injury lawyers can help you get the accountability you deserve. When you choose The Platta Law Firm, you benefit from a top-rated team with over 150 years of combined experience and a proven track record. We’ve helped our severely injured clients win hundreds of millions in life-changing awards. Let us fight to get you top results, too.
Contact our law office in New York City, New York, by calling (212) 514-5100. We represent clients in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, and surrounding areas. Your first consultation is free, so call now.