Spinal Cord Damage from a New York Accident is Life Changing
The thought of not being able to move your legs or arms is frightening. For many people, this nightmare is a reality. Spinal cord injuries from New York accidents, such as car accidents, truck collisions and falls, can have devastating results. Most spinal cord injury cases lead to permanent disability.
One of the most notorious spinal cord injury victims was Christopher Reeve, the actor who was well known for playing the role of Superman. He was left paralyzed after falling from a horse and injuring his spinal cord.
A spinal cord injury can cause paralysis, which is a loss of movement and in some cases, the loss of sensation below the injury site. When the majority of the body is affected, it is known as quadriplegia or tetraplegia. Paraplegia refers to a condition when only the lower body is affected by paralysis.
Unfortunately, a spinal cord injury is irreversible. The amount of movement that the victim will be able to retain depends on the severity of the injury and the location site. Some people with paraplegia are able to walk, while others are confined to a wheelchair.
A spinal cord injury can result from a traumatic event, such as a car accident, blow to the spine, gunshot, fall from a significant height or a truck accident. For some injured victims, additional damage comes over days or weeks following the accident from bleeding, inflammation, swelling and fluid accumulation in and around the spinal cord.
If you have sustained a spinal cord injury from a New York car accident or other catastrophic event, you may be entitled to compensation that will cover your medical expenses, lost income and other costs associated with your injury. You should contact a New York injury lawyer at The Law Offices of Frank J. Dito, Jr., at 718-701-2776 or 800-310-5520 for a free legal consultation regarding your case.