Spinal Cord Injury
The Mayo Clinic estimates that about 11,000 Americans suffer spinal cord injuries each year. Approximately 50 percent of new spinal cord injuries result from motor vehicle accidents, the leading cause of spinal cord injuries.
Spinal cord injuries occur when a traumatic event results in damage to cells within the spinal cord or severs the nerve tracts that relay signals throughout the body. When a spinal cord injury occurs, the affected area may lose sensation or the ability to function.
The personal injury attorneys at Kelner & Kelner have over 100 years of collective legal experience and have helped many spinal cord injury victims obtain fair compensation. Serving Manhattan, the Bronx and New York’s other boroughs, as well as victims across the state, our spinal cord injury and paralysis lawyers are experienced in litigating spinal cord injury cases. We provide each client with dedicated and knowledgeable representation and a high level of personalized attention. Contact our personal injury lawyers for a complimentary evaluation of your claim.
Spinal Cord Injury
The spinal cord is the column of nerve tissue, protected by the bones of the spine, that delivers messages between the brain and the rest of the body. Spinal cord injuries can damage or destroy the brain’s ability to communicate with the body. When a spinal cord injury occurs, the part of the body controlled by the affected area of the spinal cord may lose its ability to function. Many spinal cord injuries result in permanent disability or paralysis. Paralysis can involve all four extremities (quadriplegia) or only the lower body (paraplegia).
The closer a spinal cord injury occurs to the head, the larger the area of the body that is likely to be affected. A complete spinal cord injury occurs when the affected area loses all sensation and muscle control, whereas partial injuries leave these functions intact to some degree. Most spinal cord injuries occur due to bruising rather than a severing of the spinal cord.
At Kelner & Kelner, we litigate claims throughout New York and can help you recover expenses for medical bills, lost wages and rehabilitation costs. Serving Manhattan, the Bronx and the greater New York area, our lawyers can help you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled. Our attorneys will help you through your personal injury or wrongful death claim every step of the way. We handle the complicated legal matters, allowing you to focus on recovery.
Consequences Of Spinal Cord Injury
The effects of a spinal cord injury may extend beyond the obvious physical impairments. Adapting to life with a disability — often in a wheelchair — is not easy. Victims commonly experience emotional pain and suffering. Many have concerns about how their injury will affect their lifestyle, their financial situation and their personal relationships. Grieving and emotional stress are common. The consequences of spinal cord injury include:
- Paraparesis: Partial paralysis of the lower extremities
- Paraplegia: Complete paralysis of the lower extremities and usually the lower trunk
- Quadriparesis: Partial paralysis of all four extremities
- Quadriplegia: Complete paralysis of all four extremities
Contact the Kelner & Kelner if another person’s reckless or negligent actions have caused you or a family member to suffer a severe spinal cord injury. Our attorneys will hold the liable party accountable for their actions and help you recover the monetary settlement you deserve.
Causes Of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries and subsequent paralysis are often caused by sudden, traumatic blows to the spine that fracture, dislocate, crush or compress the vertebrae. According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common causes of spinal cord injury are motor vehicle accidents (accounting for approximately 50 percent of new injuries), slips and falls (24 percent), violent encounters (11 percent), sports injuries (9 percent) and disease. Construction accidents are also a frequent cause of such injuries, and we have represented many trade workers who have been involved in such incidents.
Spinal cord injuries can occur at home, at work or outdoors. If your spinal cord injury was the result of another party’s reckless or negligent actions, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Whether you suffered a spinal cord injury in a motor vehicle accident, in a construction accident or as a result of a defective product or unsafe premises, you can bring a claim against the responsible party. At Kelner & Kelner, our attorneys have helped victims obtain fair compensation for medical and rehabilitation costs, lost income, diminished earning capacity, property damage, and pain and suffering, and we can help you, too.
Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuits
To successfully recover compensation, your spinal cord injury lawyer must show that you are injured, that the injury was not a pre-existing condition, and that the injury resulted from another party’s actions. Spinal cord injury and paralysis victims may be eligible to obtain compensation for:
- Medical expenses (hospital, surgical and ambulance bills, etc.)
- Rehabilitation costs (expenses tied to restoring your ability to function)
- Lost income (wages lost due to your injury)
- Diminished earning capacity (reduced ability to earn income)
- Property damage (damage, destruction or loss of tangible property)
- Pain and suffering (distress, both physical and mental, that results from your injury)
If you are a spinal cord injury or paralysis victim seeking representation from a skilled, experienced spinal cord injury attorney, Kelner & Kelner can help. Serving Manhattan, the Bronx and the greater New York area, our spinal cord injury and paralysis lawyers can help you maximize the return on your claim. Having faithfully served our clients for more than 60 years, we have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on their behalf.
Contact Our Spinal Cord Injury And Paralysis Lawyers
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, contact our lawyers. We have helped our clients obtain just compensation for damages inflicted by the negligent actions of others. We will stand up to the insurance companies and fight for fair compensation.
The attorneys at Kelner & Kelner practice on a contingency basis. If we do not obtain a favorable verdict or settlement on behalf of a client, we do not accept any legal fees in that case. Consultations with prospective clients are always free.