Neck and Back Injuries in New York City
At Greenberg & Stein, P.C., we fight for the rights of people who have been severely injured in preventable accidents, and many of our clients come to us for help after suffering neck and back injuries. Injuries of this type can be enormously painful, both during and after the accident, and they often have far reaching consequences that make it impossible to fully enjoy life and to earn a viable income.
This type of injury is among the most common suffered in accidents of any type; whiplash is one of the most widespread car accident injuries, while the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has reported that lower back pain afflicts between 50 and 70 percent of the U.S. population. If you have sustained a back or neck injury, your life may never be the same again, and we want to help you take legal action to pursue financial compensation for the losses you have sustained as a result.
Why You Need an Attorney for Your Personal Injury Case in NYC
The costs of a neck or back injury can be staggering. You may currently be facing thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars in bills for ambulance transportation and hospitalization, as well as for any type of rehabilitative treatment you may require. Injuries of this type frequently require extensive ongoing treatment such as physical therapy or chiropractic adjustments, and the most serious cases often end up with surgeries including spinal fusion or discectomy.
You should not be forced to make difficult financial decisions about whether or not you can afford to receive the treatment you need to recover from an injury you suffered through no fault of your own. Further, you deserve compensation for the wages you lose during your recovery or as a result of a partial or total disability, as well as pain and suffering.
Common Causes of Back and Neck Injuries
Injuries to the neck and back can occur in virtually any setting, such as in a slip and fall accident on the stairs or sidewalk or when struck by falling objects in a construction accident. They are especially common in workplace accidents. The Department of Labor has reported that nearly 20 percent of all injuries suffered in the workplace are back injuries, and that 25 percent of payments for workers’ compensation are made to people suffering from this type of injury. Another common cause of back and neck injuries is the in the sudden jolt frequently experienced in a car accident or truck collision.
This often results in cervical acceleration-deceleration syndrome, a condition which is more commonly known as whiplash. In rear-end collisions, even at relatively low speed, the heads of the accident victims are often whipped backwards and then thrown forwards, a motion which suddenly strains the tissues in the neck. Whiplash symptoms may not appear until several days following the accident, and may include pain in the neck and shoulders, pins and needles in the arms and legs, and severe headaches.
New York City Catastrophic Injury Cases
Neck and back injuries can range from sprains (stretched or torn ligament) and strains (stretched or torn muscle or tendon), to fractured vertebrae (the bones of the spinal column) and herniated disks. This last type of injury occurs when one of the jelly-like intervertebral disks which cushion and separate the vertebrae slips out of place or even ruptures.
If a serious accident has left you with a neck or back injury, we encourage you to contact us for a free case evaluation to discuss the situation and learn whether you have grounds to file a claim for compensation. Our New York personal injury attorneys have recovered millions of dollars in insurance settlements and jury verdicts, and we are ready to take immediate action on your case.