Lever & Ecker, PLLC August 14, 2017 Car Accidents
Unfortunately, car accidents can leave their victims with severe spinal cord injuries. According to the Mayo Clinic, of all the spinal cord injuries that occur in the United States, 35% of them are caused by car accidents. Victims of these accidents are often thrown from vehicles or jostled around within the vehicle with tremendous force. This force can cause an enormous amount of trauma to the body and can be devastating for a person’s spinal structure.
Since the spinal cord is essential to a person’s body functionality, an incident that causes trauma to it can alter a person’s life forever.
Spinal cord injuries can cause a victim to lose their independence (relying on another person for what used to be everyday duties), and burden them and their families with a lifetime of medical costs. If you or someone you know has suffered a spinal cord injury due to the negligent acts of another driver, New York law allows you to seek legal compensation for the injuries suffered through a personal injury claim.
A spinal injury is caused when an accident transpires, and the victim encounters injuries to their spine such as:
While some spinal cord injuries cause severe damage like paralysis, others cause “minor injuries” that can also lead to decreased quality of life such as:
There are many types of effects that a spinal cord injury can have on a person’s life including:
There are three main ways to diagnose a spine injury, and they are:
Just like any personal injury case, the quest for damages will start with presenting viable evidence. The types of evidence commonly utilized in spinal cord injury cases include:
Unfortunately, spinal cord injuries often require a long and painful course of treatment and an extremely long road to recovery (if recovery happens at all). Victims of spinal cord injuries almost always have to deal with expensive medical costs associated with emergency room care, medications, hospital stays, physical therapy equipment, and more. Additionally, victims are almost always not able to work and earn a living while on the road to recovery.
Through hiring a New York car accident lawyer, victims have a chance to pursue compensation for their suffering through recovering damages for:
Beware that in New York, the law has set a specific time frame for filing a claim in a spinal cord injury case. It is important to file your claim within this period because if you do not, you will be unable to collect damages even if you have a case.
If you or someone close to you has been involved in a car accident that has caused a possible spinal cord injury, it is important to contact an attorney who can guide you and your family through the legal process. Our experienced and motivated team of injury attorneys in White Plains here at Lever & Ecker, PLLC, are experienced in all types of motor vehicle accident cases and are here to help you in any way we can.