There are two main types of spinal cord injuries: complete and incomplete.
A complete spinal cord injury can result in a complete loss of movement and sensation below the level of injury. An incomplete spinal cord injury means there may be limited sensation or movement below the point of injury.
According to the Mayo Clinic, spinal cord injuries may result in tetraplegia (quadriplegia) or paraplegia. Tetraplegia is a spinal cord injury that may affect the arms, torso, and lower body, while paraplegia may affect the torso and lower body. Both forms of paralysis can also affect internal organs.
Effects of Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord performs an important function in sending and receiving messages to and from the brain. These messages help to control movement and allow you to experience sensations.
When the spinal cord becomes injured, the ability to move and feel sensation in the corresponding regions of the body can diminish—or disappear forever. A spinal cord injury can cause weakness or paralysis in your arms, hands, hips, and/or legs.
This type of serious injury can change your life in an instant. A spinal cord injury can result in ongoing medical bills, limit your ability to earn an income and to enjoy your favorite activities, and can impact your personal relationships.
If your spinal cord injury resulted from the negligent actions of another person, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages in a personal injury lawsuit.
Spinal Cord Injuries That Can Lead to a Personal Injury Lawsuit
If another person’s negligence caused your spinal cord injuries in a situation where they owed you a duty of care, they may be liable for damages. Pursuing civil action is a right under New York law. A spinal cord personal injury attorney can hold the responsible party liable for your injuries in a personal injury lawsuit.
Some examples of situations that can lead to personal injury lawsuits for spinal cord injuries include:
- Car or truck accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip and falls
- Premises liability accidents
- Construction accidents
- Medical malpractice
- And more
If you sustained a spinal cord injury in one of these situations, or in any situation at all where you believe a negligent party was responsible, you may want to contact a personal injury law firm that handles spinal cord injuries to discuss your case.
Compensation in a Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit
A personal injury lawsuit for spinal cord injuries could allow you to recover compensation for:
- Emergency medical treatment and ambulance services
- Your current medical bills, including treatments, surgeries, therapies, and more
- The estimated future costs of your medical expenses
- Mobility devices, modifications to your home, and for transportation services
- Inability to work and earn a living
- Pain and suffering
- And more
Because spinal cord injuries may require continuous treatment for many years, the compensation in a spinal cord injury lawsuit could be substantial.
Statute of Limitations in a Personal Injury Lawsuit
If you are considering legal action for your spinal cord injuries, do not delay. The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit in New York is generally three years. Some circumstances could shorten this deadline, such as suing a municipality.
If the statute of limitations expires before you take legal action, it could prevent you from recovering compensation in a lawsuit, even if you have strong evidence of the defendant’s liability.
Call Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. Today
Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. represents personal injury victims on Long Island. If you suffered a spinal cord injury of any type in an accident on Long Island caused by someone else, we urge you to call our firm for a free consultation.
If you hire us to represent you, a lawyer from our firm can:
- Investigate your accident
- Identify the liable party
- Gather evidence of their liability and the extent of your injuries
- Negotiate with the responsible party’s insurance company for a fair settlement offer
- Take the case to trial if they are not willing to make you a fair settlement offer
We provide you with these services on a contingency-fee basis where you pay us nothing in advance. In this arrangement, we do not charge you legal fees unless and until you recover compensation in your case.
For a free consultation on your case, call Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. today at (631) 451-7900. Our multilingual client services include assistance in Spanish.