The spinal cord is a nerve tissue column that extends from the skull down the back. It is covered by protective membranes and surrounded by the vertebrae, and its role in the body is to transmit messages between the brain and various parts of the body. Unfortunately, this very important body part is also quite sensitive and can become damaged in an accident.
If you have been involved in an accident and suffered catastrophic injuries, you may need to contact our office to consult with a New York spinal cord injury lawyer.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
One of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries is motor vehicle accidents. However, you can also damage your spinal cord by tripping and falling, from violence due to a gunshot or knife wound, and while playing sports.
Spinal cord injuries may occur when an impact to the spine causes a fracture or crushes a vertebrae. Meanwhile, some other spinal cord issues result when the spinal cord is not actually broken but just bruised because the bruising can lead to reduced oxygen flow and nerve cell damage.
Symptoms of Spinal Cord Injuries
There are generally two types of spinal cord injuries, one that involves a complete loss of function below the injury site and the other that enables a person to have some function and sensation below the injury. The most common symptoms of a spinal cord injury are loss of movement, no sensation of temperature or touch, and an inability to control the bladder or bowels. People with spinal cord injuries may also have trouble breathing, have intense pain, and experience changes in their sexual functioning.
What a Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Does
The Law Office of Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum is your local resource for spinal cord injury attorney claims because we handle the most common accidents that cause spinal injuries: auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and falls, construction accidents, pedestrian accidents, assault, traumatic brain injuries, and more.
We will fight for your legal rights and get you the compensation you deserve after suffering from a spinal cord injury. This typically involves reviewing accident reports, medical records, and witness statements before working with experts and filing a claim seeking damages on your behalf.
Contact Us When You Need a New York Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
Spinal cord injuries are among the most severe injuries you could experience after an accident. They can make it extremely difficult to carry out basic functions, such as breathing, moving, and taking care of oneself. If not promptly treated, spinal cord injuries can lead to prolonged cardiovascular complications, respiratory issues, urinary and bowel complications, and chronic pain. These are very expensive injuries to treat, which is one reason why it is so important to get compensated by the at-fault party in your accident so that you are not stuck with all of the medical bills and ongoing treatment costs on your own.
To learn more about how our legal team pursues spinal cord injury cases, please contact our office online or by phone at 718-237-5586.