New York Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
Our attorneys at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello understand the enormous emotional, physical, and financial toll that spinal cord injuries can take on victims and their family members. Our decades of experience handling serious personal injury cases and knowledge of the causes and long-term costs of spinal cord injuries make our firm an excellent choice for residents of New York’s Hudson Valley who need legal help after a serious accident. Our skilled New York spinal cord injury lawyer are dedicated to getting you the compensation you need to recover, allowing you to focus on your or your loved one’s healing after a spinal cord injury.
Common causes of spinal cord injuries
It is estimated that some 11 million Americans have at some point suffered an injury to their spinal cord. For those under age 65, the most common causes of spinal cord injuries are motor vehicle accidents. Other common causes include:
- Sports injuries
- Gunshot wounds
- Ladder falls and construction site injuries
- Knife wounds
- Motorcycle accidents
- Diving accidents
Symptoms of spinal cord injuries
If you’ve just been injured in a crash or other traumatic event, you may have incurred a mild injury to your spine without even realizing it. It is extremely important to see a doctor right away after an accident, to determine the extent of your injuries and to begin treatment as quickly as possible. Some spinal cord injury symptoms include:
- Numbness in the limbs or lower extremities
- Poor coordination
- Bowel or bladder control issues
- Tingling in extremities
- Pain or weakness
Spinal cord injuries can occur at different levels, with different results
Depending on what portion of your spine is injured, the effects of your injury may be very different. Severe injuries to the cervical spine, or neck injuries, can cause full or partial quadriplegia, with little to no feeling or function in the limbs. If injuries occur to the thoracic spine, from the chest down, some victims experience loss of use of the legs, or paraplegia. Typically the victim can still make use of their arms, hands, and head. Injuries to the lower spine, or sacral or lumbar regions, can cause partial loss of use of the legs or hips, resulting in loss of bowel or bladder control, or decreased sexual function.
Spinal cord injuries often result in months or years of physical rehabilitation, experimental medical treatment, in-home nursing assistance, a partial or complete loss of the victim’s wage-earning abilities, and lost emotional support or loss of consortium for the victim’s family and spouse. You deserve to be made whole for these substantial expenses and diminishments to your quality of life. Allow our experienced personal injury lawyers to zealously represent your right to receive the damages you’re owed for your injuries.
Get Immediate Legal Assistance with Your Hudson Valley Spinal Cord Injury Claim
If you or a loved one have experienced a serious spinal cord injury, seek out compassionate legal assistance to be sure that you receive all that you’re owed for your injuries. From anywhere in the Hudson Valley, including Goshen, Poughkeepsie, Ulster, and Ellenville, contact a seasoned New York spinal cord injury lawyer at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello for a no-cost consultation on your claim, at 845-331-4100 in Kingston or 845-236-4411 for our Marlboro office.