New York Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
Aggressive New York Constriction Accident Attorneys Representing Workers Who Have Sustained SCIs
Spinal cord injuries are some of the most common injuries we see at construction job sites. According to Industrial Safety & Hygiene News, spinal cord injuries rank among the top 10 suffered by construction workers.
These injuries are also some of the most serious. Unlike fractures of burns, a spinal cord injury might never heal. Instead, a worker could be permanently paralyzed and unable to return to any type of gainful employment. The cost of medical care and lost income can be staggering.
At our firm, we understand how complex spinal cord injuries can be. Our team of Brooklyn construction accident attorneys has helped many workers obtain badly needed compensation to cover the high medical costs and replace lost income. All you need to do is call us, and we can get to work on your case.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord is protected by the bony vertebrae that surround it. These vertebrae help prevent most injuries. However, some accidents on construction sites are so traumatic that the vertebrae can be cracked or crushed, sending bony fragments into the spinal cord.
One of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries includes falls off of ladders or scaffolding. A fall from such a height can put tremendous force on the vertebrae when the worker lands.
Another cause of spinal cord injury can be getting hit by a piece of equipment or object. For example, a heavy piece of equipment could land on someone, or a dump truck could strike a construction worker, throwing him to the ground. The traumatic force generated by these blows can sometimes crush the spinal column.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Any bruising, tearing, shredding, cutting, or stretching of the spinal cord can cause serious problems. Some of the most common spinal cord injuries include:
- li Paraplegia. The worker’s legs are paralyzed, but their arms are not affected.
- Quadriplegia. Also called tetraplegia, the worker is usually paralyzed from the neck down.
- Hemiplegia. Paralysis or weakness on only one side of the body.
Some workers might not become completely paralyzed but instead experience numbness and weakness in their limbs. This weakness can make walking or grasping objects difficult.
Signs You Have Suffered a Spinal Cord Injury
If your spinal cord is completely severed, then paralysis should be instantaneous. But some spinal cord injuries are not obvious, especially if you only bruised or nicked the spinal cord. Symptoms can take days to develop. Pay attention to:
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Spasms or jerking limbs
- Altered sensation in your limbs
- Trouble breathing
- Extreme back in your neck or back
- Loss of sexual function or sexual sensitivity
- Impaired balance or coordination
Experiencing any of these symptoms after a fall or other accident is cause for concern. Go as soon as possible to your doctor to be checked out. A doctor might order imagining tests to check whether you have suffered spinal cord damage.
Call Us Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a New York Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
After a spinal cord injury, you might incur millions of dollars in lifetime costs. You should not shoulder this financial fallout alone. Instead, bring a claim against the person or entity who is responsible for your accident. To start, contact Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman today. We have obtained over $800 million in compensation for our clients. Call 212-285-3300 or fill out our contact form.