Queens Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
Injuries to the back and neck can be some of the most debilitating injuries. People may underestimate how fragile their spines can be; even seemingly minor injuries to the back can leave permanent pain and discomfort. Because of this, those suffering from spinal cord injuries caused by the negligence or bad actions of others may be entitled to high levels of compensation.
Most injuries that are caused by the negligence or bad actions of others allow victims to recover damages from those who harmed them. If you are in Queens and you or a loved one is suffering from a spinal cord injury, contact Sullivan and Galleshaw, LLP. Sullivan and Galleshaw is an experienced personal injury law firm practicing in Queens and throughout New York City to help injured clients get the financial compensation they need.
What Kinds of Compensation Are Available?
Recovering from an injury, especially a serious one, can require a lot of medical treatment and down-time. That usually means missing a lot of work, but still paying for expensive medical procedures, imaging, and rehabilitation. Luckily, New York law allows for the recovery of all of these expenses from the party who harmed you.
Medical expenses can be extremely expensive today, whether you have good health insurance or not. If you have been injured due to someone else’s behavior, that person can be made responsible for the costs of treating your injuries. This means that the costs of surgical procedures, X-rays, MRIs, hospital stays, and physical therapy can all be awarded in a lawsuit against the responsible parties.
I you have had to miss work, or can no longer work, due to your spinal cord injury, a court can make the responsible parties reimburse you for your lost wages. That means not only covering the wages from the time you have already spent out of work, but also compensating you for the future wages you will miss from your injury.
Spinal cord injuries can result in severe discomfort, numbness, pain, or even loss of sensation and control of your body. This can mean confinement to a wheelchair or a bed for a long period of time, or permanently, which brings its own emotional suffering. Both pain and suffering can be compensated by a court of law. While no amount of money will ever replace the pain or loss of sensation spinal cord injuries may cause, it can certainly help. New York law places no limits or “caps” on how much money you can receive for pain and suffering, so juries may award as much money as they think is fair.
If your injuries were caused by especially reckless or bad actions, a court may also be willing to award you extra money to punish the party who harmed you. These damages are rare, but are always a consideration in approaching a personal injury suit.
What Makes Spinal Cord Injuries So Severe?
Your spine is composed of a series of tube-shaped bones. The space between each bone is padded with tissue called a “disc,” and the bones are stacked to create a long tube down your back. Inside your spinal column runs a bundle of nerves that connect from your brain down to the rest of your body parts. This makes your spine is an especially important area, since all signals between your brain and your body must run through this spinal cord.
In any injury to your back or neck, there is a possibility that these bones may go out of alignment. If the bones are pushed far enough out of alignment, you could suffer pain from the disc tissue being pinched, but it could mean worse consequences for your spinal cord. The bones themselves, meant to protect your spine, could actually pinch down on the spinal cord. Like a hose being pinched off, the signals between your brain and the rest of your body are cut off below the point of injury in your back. The higher this injury is, the more of your body loses sensation, feeling, and motion.
Suffering a spinal cord injury can lead to loss of feeling, loss of control, pins-and-needles sensations, loss of bowel and bladder control, intense nerve pain, spasms, pain, and discomfort. If your spinal cord is completely severed during an injury, it can mean permanent paralysis below the point of injury. That can keep you in a wheelchair for the rest of your life and require significant care.
A Queens Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Can Help You With Your Case
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury in Queens, New York due to the negligence or bad actions of someone else, Sullivan and Galleshaw, LLP can help hold them responsible for your injuries. When facing a long road to recovery or a permanent lifestyle change, it is important to have someone on your side who will fight to get you medical coverage and financial compensation to help with your injuries. To set up a consultation with Sullivan and Galleshaw, call (718) 843-0300.
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