Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuits
NY Personal Injury Lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP Help Victims of Spinal Cord Injuries Recover Damage Awards
At the leading law firm of Alonso Krangle, LLP, our New York injury lawyers are investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of spinal cord injury victims.
Spinal cord injuries often result in long-term damage and disability. Victims of spinal cord injuries can face a lifetime of challenges, some of which are impossible to overcome.
Each year, in the US alone, more than 11,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury that results in permanent and severe chronic pain, paralysis, or death. Spinal cord injuries can be life-changing, with most victims requiring extensive medical care and rehabilitation.
How Do Spinal Cord Injuries Occur?
Catastrophic spinal cord injuries are often the result of motor vehicle accidents or other accidents caused by negligence. When another party’s negligence, carelessness, or recklessness, causes a spinal cord injury, the victim may be entitled to collect damages. You might be able to file a spinal cord injury lawsuit and obtain compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and more.
Our spinal cord injury lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP, understand the difficult road accident victims and their families face. Many victims struggle to recover not just from physical injuries but financial and emotional ones as well.
If you or a loved one sustained a severe spinal cord injury in a negligent accident, your family deserves compensation from the person or parties responsible. Filing a spinal cord injury lawsuit could help you obtain the funds you need to pay for current and future medical needs, rehabilitation services, and even improvements to your home that will make your life easier.
Motor Vehicle Accidents Are the Leading Cause of Spinal Cord Injuries in New York
The most common causes of spinal cord injuries in the US are:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents: Car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents are the leading causes of spinal cord injuries. Motor vehicle accidents are responsible for more than 40 percent of new spinal cord injuries each year.
- Acts of Violence: Gunshots, knife wounds, and other violent encounters account for roughly 15 percent of the spinal cord injuries that occur each year.
- Sports and Recreation Injuries: Impact sports such as football and recreational activities such as diving into shallow water cause about 8 percent of the spinal cord injuries reported every year.
- Alcohol: Alcohol use is a factor in about 1 out of every 4 spinal cord injuries.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries Victims Suffer
Your spinal cord is a vital nerve bundle that runs from the base of your brain down through your back—any serious damage to the spinal cord as the potential to cause loss of sensation or movement.
Spinal cord injuries often suffered by accident victims include:
- Quadriplegia: paralysis of all four limbs.
- Paraplegia: Paralysis of the lower half of the body.
- Anterior Spinal Cord Syndrome: Compression of the anterior spinal artery (the artery that runs along the front of the spinal cord). Victims of this spinal cord injury may have some crude sensations, but movement and more detailed sensation are lost.
- Central Cord Syndrome: Trauma to the large nerve fibers that carry information directly from the cerebral cortex to the spinal cord. This may result in paralysis and/or loss of fine control of movements in the arms and hands. Sensory loss below the spinal cord lesion and loss of bladder control are possible.
- Brown-Sequard Syndrome: This is a neck or back injury, such as a puncture wound that occurs on one side of the spinal cord. Victims will lose some sensation and movement below the level of injury on the injured side. The body opposite the injury will lose pain and temperature sensation.
- Spinal Shock: This occurs when there is a complete loss of motor and sensory function below the level of a spinal lesion. While the loss of full function is not permanent, spinal shock victims may experience some permanent incomplete spinal cord injury.
Our Lawyers Can Help Victims of Spinal Cord Injuries Obtain Maximum Damages
Spinal cord injuries often require extensive care that is unlike other injuries. Injuries from damage to the spinal cord, whether permanent, temporary, partial, or total, requires victims and their families to make changes.
- Loss of control over movement can require full or part-time home care to aid with washing, dressing, eating, and going to the bathroom.
- Medical equipment might be necessary to help the victim breathe, get nutrition, or eliminate waste.
- You might need to adapt various aspects of your house to accommodate the use of a wheelchair.
- The victim of a spinal cord injury will likely require physical therapy
- You might need a new vehicle that enables you to transport the victim to and from doctor’s appointments. You might need a new vehicle that can assist the victim in driving independently.
- Can the victim work? Many victims of spinal cord injuries have limited ability, at least for some time, to perform work. What does it mean when the injured victim is the breadwinner in the family? Medical bills, household expenses, and the costs of care can pile up quickly.
At Alonso Krangle, LLP, our spinal cord injury lawyers know that you need money after someone suffers such a serious accident. We understand how quickly the cost of caring for an injured loved one can become overwhelming. Insurance companies understand this too. Don’t let them pressure you into accepting less than you deserve for your spinal cord injury.
Learn More About Filing a Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit by Calling Alonso Krangle, LLP
If you or someone you love had your life changed forever by a spinal cord injury, ask yourself this question: Did someone’s negligence cause my spinal cord injury? If so, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against those responsible. Find out if you qualify for a spinal cord injury lawsuit from the experienced lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP.
To schedule a free evaluation of your spinal cord injury lawsuit, contact the spinal cord injury lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP by filling out our online form or calling us at 800-403-6191.