Bronx Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
Spinal cord injuries are among the most feared of all injury types. They are often catastrophic and life changing. When the spinal cord has been damaged, it limits bodily function below the site of the injury, causing loss of sensation, paralysis, and sometimes trouble breathing, because of interference with the autonomic nervous system, which controls involuntary functions. If this is something you or a family member has experienced, read on to learn more about what a Bronx spinal cord injury lawyer can do to help you.
Close to 253,000 people in the United States have been disabled by spinal cord injuries; approximately 11,000 people are added to this number every year. Many of these injuries are caused by someone other than the victim.
The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center reports common causes of spinal cord injuries are:
- Motor vehicle crashes
- Slip and falls
- Deliberate acts of violence
- Sports injuries
- Truck accidents
- Motocycle accidents
- Train accidents
- Bus accidents
- Rough handling and nursing home abuse
- Medical malpractice
As personal injury lawyers in the Bronx, the team at Domina Law have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for victims and their families. We know that getting enough money to provide your loved ones needs can make all the difference in his or her quality of life.
Complete and Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are classified according to the extent to which the injury affects bodily functions. A complete SCI causes total loss of function below the point of injury; an incomplete SCI leaves some function below the point of injury, because some of the cord’s nerve fibers remain intact.
When the spinal cord is injured, the functions at or below the level of injury are affected. An SCI victim may suffer paraplegia—paralysis of the lower body while retaining use of the upper limbs—or tetraplegia (also called quadriplegia) —which is loss of the use of all four limbs and often the diaphragm, necessitating the use of a ventilator to assist with breathing.
Life Limiting Consequences of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries nearly always come with serious long-term consequences:
- Loss of physical function, especially mobility, bladder and bowel control, and sexual function
- Difficulty finding employment
- Reduced life expectancy, especially among those breathing with a ventilator
- Psychological problems, especially depression and anxiety
The Importance of Having an Experienced Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys on Your Side
Spinal cord damage is far from an ordinary injury. It is devastating and catastrophic, affecting nearly every aspect of your life, severely limiting your options in work, recreation, self-care, and even personal relations. When you are paralyzed, you must make adjustments in your routines, environment, and relationships. Things that were once simple become difficult to impossible. You must often depend on others for assistance with daily activities, and if you are able to work at all, you will probably need some kind of accommodation for your disability. And of course, many of your once favorite activities are now out of the question.
Your quality of life post injury will be largely dependent on your being able to recover sufficient compensation from the person who caused your injury. But rest assured, their insurance company will vigorously oppose a catastrophic injury claim, because of the huge expense of compensating these injuries. As experienced Bronx spinal cord attorneys we are known for our results-oriented approach and for the caring, personal attention we give each any everyone of our clients. Mr. Dino Domina leaves no stone unturned as he fights to get the justice you as a client deserve.
Thats why you need a spinal cord injury attorney from the Bronx knows how to prove the at-fault party’s liability, who fully comprehends the extent of your economic and non-economic (quality-of-life) damages, and who has experience in successfully obtaining larger settlements and verdicts that will allow a victim to make the best possible adjustment to life after this catastrophic spinal cord injury.
Recoverable SCI Damages
Economic damages that you claim for a spinal cord injury, depending on the extent of the injury and your personal situation, may include:
- Medical treatment, including emergency room care, hospitalization, surgical procedures, medications, rehabilitation, occupational therapy, psychological therapy, and physical therapy
- Wheelchair or other mobility devices
- Ostomy supplies, catheters, diapers, and other personal hygiene supplies
- Personal care assistance
- Transportation expenses
- Childcare costs
- Lost earnings and future earning capacity
- Changes to your home to accommodate your disability, such as installing a wheel chair ramp, widening doorframes, lowering counters, etc.
- Modifications to a vehicle to accommodate your disability, such as installing a wheelchair lift or hand controls
- Training and care of a service animal
Non-economic damages affect your quality of life in ways that are hard to quantify in dollars:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Loss of mobility
- Emotional anguish
- Loss of dignity
- Loss of independence
- Psychological disturbance
- Loss of marital consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Legal Assistance in The Bronx
At the Bronx law offices of Dino J. Domina, personal injury law is all we do, and because we work in this specialized practice area day in and day out, we are extremely good at it. Dino has been designated a New York Super Lawyers every year since 2011, reflecting his unbeatable reputation as an advocate for the seriously injured. We offer a free, no obligation consultation, during which we will answer all of your questions and give you a realistic assessment of your case. We are often able to avoid going to court, but if a jury trial is what it takes to get you enough money that will fairly compensate you for your losses, we are determined, committed, and aggressive in the pursuit of justice and know how to present a compelling and persuasive case to a jury.
Contact our personal injury lawyers today to schedule an appointment and learn about your legal right to compensation when someone else has caused your injury. Domina Law accepts injury cases on contingency, so you never have to worry about fees or expenses, which are only paid after your case has been won. If you don’t recover money, you pay nothing. We are waiting for your call at 718.962.0600