NYC Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
The spinal cord connects the brain and the rest of the body. If an accident damages the spinal cord, the connection is partially or completely lost. This damage results in significant problems with mobility and function, ending in total or partial disability.
Our New York spinal cord injury lawyers have successfully taken many defendants to court for this challenging trauma and obtained the compensation our clients deserve.
When this happens to you or a family member due to a negligent person or entity, it is crucial that you talk to our experienced legal team. Treatment of a spinal cord injury often requires long-term, costly medical care and rehabilitation. Your spinal cord injury attorney at The Platta Law Firm will help you obtain maximum compensation from the at-fault party.
What Are the Consequences of a Spinal Cord Injury?
A spinal cord injury can be devastating and change your life in many ways. It can affect the way you move or alter your ability to feel sensations. Treatments are expensive and may involve long periods of hospitalization. You might be unable to work, either temporarily or permanently. Yet, bills continue to mount.
Surgery is available to treat a spinal cord injury as are innovative therapies, but once again, they are expensive. The average worker is frequently unable to pay and has to make a difficult choice. Without compensation, they cannot pursue treatment or long-term care.
How Can The Platta Law Firm Help Me?
The lawyers at The Platta Law Firm protect your rights and help you move forward after a devastating accident. Talking to a New York spinal cord lawyer with our firm is the first step.
We offer a free case review at our office or at your bedside to begin.
During your meeting with our legal team, we take an in-depth look at the injury accident and its aftermath. We become familiar with the extent of your injury and treatment up to that time. Our lawyers will answer all your questions and discuss the different options open to you, giving you a firm grasp of the situation.
If you hire The Platta Law Firm, you don’t have to worry about how you will pay us since we work on a contingency basis. This means that you don’t pay us until you win. At the end of the day, our firm believes that no one should have to pay both physically and financially for another’s mistake. We work hard to recover full compensation.
How Do Our New York Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers Examine Your Case?
Our investigators are experienced in gathering the evidence we need to move forward with your claim. Without completing this phase, your case cannot proceed in a civil court. We begin by:
- Our investigators go to the accident site and use reconstruction techniques to determine vehicle placement and the extent of liability if a traffic collision was involved.
- We obtain witness contact information and interview bystanders for additional accident details.
- Our investigators look for and obtain digital surveillance footage of the accident from surveillance and commercial business cameras.
- We confer with medical experts about the extent of the physical damages and our client’s prognosis.
- We calculate the monetary loss the client experiences in the present and will endure in the future.
- Our financial advisers look at the ways the accident has interrupted our client’s life and the monetary value associated with it.
- We also calculate the extent of all current damages associated with the spinal cord injury and those that will persist into the future.
Once the needed information is gathered, it is used by our NYC spinal cord injury attorneys during negotiations with the insurance company. However, if the insurance company will not negotiate in good faith, we use it in a civil personal injury lawsuit.
Spinal Cord Function and Injury
The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that carry signals from your brain to your body and vice versa.
It controls our movements, sensations and life-sustaining functions.
The spinal cord is enclosed in the vertebral column, which is a series of 24 individual bones in an adult.
The vertebrae protect the spinal cord from harm. Injured vertebrae cannot provide protection, and if broken, can sever the spinal cord and impair movement.
A spinal cord injury, caused by a broken or dislocated vertebra, disrupts the signals, causing paralysis, breathing difficulties and other problems. A broken vertebra can rip into the spinal cord, and one that is dislocated can put pressure on the spinal nerves. Both injuries are medical emergencies and often require surgical intervention.
How Do Spinal Cord Injuries Occur?
Spinal cord injuries happen in many different ways. Some of the most common are:
- Car accidents
- Slips and Falls
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle crashes
- Construction accidents
- Accidents due to defective products
- Truck accidents
- Workplace incidents
- Motorcycle crashes
Spinal Cord Level and Injury
The vertebral level of a spinal cord injury predicts its symptoms and outcome. The spinal cord is divided into four segments that parallel the vertebrae.
These are the cervical (neck), thoracic (mid-back), lumbar (low-back) and sacral (tailbone). The higher the placement of a spinal cord injury, the greater the loss of function
and mobility because everything below the injury level suffers. For example, if the spinal cord injury happens in the neck, the person’s speech, breathing, upper and lower extremity mobility and loss of bowel and urinary tract function are lost.
On the other hand, if the injury occurs in the lower back, the person’s ability to walk and bowel and urinary tract function may be lost. Damage to the sacral area can result in loss of leg and hip motion, bowel, bladder and sexual function. Trauma to the mid-back area will affect lower-extremity mobility and bowel and bladder function.
Complete Vs Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury
Cases of spinal cord trauma divide into complete and incomplete trauma:
- Incomplete spinal cord injury: In this type of trauma, the spinal cord is partially damaged. That means some degree of movement, sensation and function remain.
- Complete spinal cord injury: This type of spinal cord trauma causes permanent injury and leads to partial or total paralysis without sensation, movement or function.
Damages in a Spinal Cord Injury
The trauma of a spinal cord injury is often life-threatening and usually costly. Some of the damages available for compensation are:
This includes emergency room and hospital costs. It also covers diagnostic tests and physician/surgeon fees. Commonly, the injured party requires rehabilitation therapy, and that too is covered.
Many are unable to work, either permanently or temporarily. When this happens, the lost wages, benefits and other perks of the job are recoverable.
Reduced Earning Capacity
Sometimes, the work the injured individual can perform is different from the job they had before the accident. If the wages are less than their previous employment, the difference is recoverable.
Loss of Enjoyment of Life
After a spinal cord injury, many pleasurable activities or hobbies are no longer possible. Your NYC spinal cord injury lawyer will obtain compensation for this common outcome.
Spinal cord injury often results in physical disability. The patient often requires at-home nursing care and assistive devices. The addition of ramps, lower cabinets, a roll-in shower and other accommodations is common.
Motor vehicle Alteration
Transportation to and from work or the doctor may be a challenge and require alterations to their motor vehicle.
Pain and Suffering
This loss is different from economic losses such as lost wages and medical care. It include anxiety, emotional distress, insomnia, protracted fear and post-traumatic stress disorder among others.
Loss of Consortium
The injured person’s spouse can join in a lawsuit filed against the at-fault party for loss of marital comfort and physical contact.
How Does a New York Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Calculate Damages?
Some factors that go into calculating the compensation for a spinal cord injury include:
- The extent and level of injury
- The way the spinal cord injury affects the person’s life and that of their family
- All past, current and future medical expenses
- The cost of rehabilitation and physical therapy
- The expense of home care and medical devices required by the patient
- Cost of transportation to and from the doctor and physical therapy appointments
- Lost earning capacity and wages now and in the future
- The injured party’s age
- The cost of home and vehicle modifications
- Loss of consortium
- Cost of loss of life’s enjoyment
- We may seek punitive damages if the nature of the accident was egregious or intentional
The Platta Law Firm – New York Spinal Cord Lawyers
A spinal cord injury causes not just life-threatening effects but also enormous life changes.
However, when this happens due to another party’s neglectful or intentional act, you deserve compensation for the cost of your injuries. Call the NYC spinal cord injury lawyers at The Platta Law Firm immediately.
We will investigate your accident thoroughly and work to obtain the compensation you deserve. We can be reached at (212) 514-5400 or online. Schedule your free case review today.