What Are the Leading Causes of Spine and Neck Injuries in New York?
Any type of severe injury can have a major impact on your life, but spine and neck injuries can have particularly serious consequences. Damage to the neck or spine can cause someone to completely lose feeling and control of some or all of their limbs, in addition to affecting other bodily functions. What’s more, many of these injuries are permanent, leaving victims in need of costly lifelong care.
The New York spine and neck injury attorneys at the Mandel Law Firm have extensive personal injury experience and have collected major settlements on behalf of clients like you. If you’ve been injured and someone else is to blame, contact our office today.
Common Causes of Spine and Neck Injuries
Some of the most common causes of spine and neck injuries in New York are:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Sports injuries
- Work accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Acts of violence
While these are some of the most common causes of spine and neck injuries, any accident involving blunt force trauma can have the same consequences.
What is the Impact of Spine and Neck Injuries?
Spine and neck injuries can have truly devastating effects on their victims. First, there’s the pain from the injuries and the possible loss of movement or certain bodily functions. Second, the physical effects of the injury may prevent victims from working or from taking part in activities they used to enjoy, resulting in a lower quality of life. Finally, there are the financial costs involved in treating a spine or neck injury, as victims may require treatment for many years, possibly the rest of their lives.
Compensation for Neck and Spine Injuries
If your spine or neck injury is the result of negligence—meaning that it was caused by someone who failed to take reasonable care to avoid hurting you—you may be able to recover compensation for your loss through a personal injury claim. With the right legal team at your side, you could potentially receive compensation from the liable party for:
- Your medical bills resulting from the accident
- Your lost wages
- Your reduced future earning capacity
- Your physical pain and suffering
- Your mental anguish
- Any personal property that was damaged in the accident
Some spine and neck injury victims are concerned about filing a claim because they believe they were partly to blame for the accident. Even if you think you contributed to your injuries in some way, you may still be able to recover compensation for them.
New York uses a comparative negligence standard for personal injury cases in which multiple parties share fault. Basically, this means that if you are found partly liable for your injuries, you can still recover compensation. However, the amount you receive will be reduced by your proportion of responsibility. For example, if you’re found to be 20 percent liable for your injuries, your compensation would be reduced by 20 percent.
Contact a New York Neck and Spine Injury Lawyer
Given the high stakes involved in a spine or neck injury claim, you’ll want help from an experienced, dedicated injury attorney. At the Mandel Law Firm, our New York injury lawyers know how to find the right evidence and construct a strong case for compensation — and we won’t back down from the insurance companies, because we know how important this case is to your future.
The spine and neck injury attorneys at the Mandel Law Firm are ready to get to work for you. Contact our office today for a free initial consultation.