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Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer

If You've Suffered A Spinal Cord Injury We Can Help

If you or your loved one suffered a spinal cord injury on the job or due to negligence, schedule a free consultation with the spinal cord injury lawyers at Oresky & Associates, PLLC.

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NYC Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers

More Than 30 Years Experience Defending New York Accident Victims

Almost 18,000  spinal cord injuries happen every year. Most of these injuries occur due to accidents, falls, and in some cases, violence. Spinal cord injuries occur on the job, leaving you with substantial medical bills and loss of income.

While other bodily injuries can heal with time or surgical intervention, a spinal cord injury does not heal, and you can experience debilitating permanent issues. A catastrophic injury like this will leave you without the ability to handle essential life functions independently. After an injury of this nature, the lives of spinal cord victims and their families change forever.

At Oresky & Associates, PLLC, our New York spinal cord injury attorneys provide experienced, knowledgeable legal representation to people who have suffered injuries due to the negligence of others. If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, contact us today for a no-obligation free consultation.

Recent Case Results

More Than 25 Years Of Fighting Cases In The Courts

Construction Accidents $9.9 Million Settlement for worker injured during building construction
Construction Accidents $6.6 Million Won by construction worker that fell from scaffold sustaining serious injuries.
Construction Accidents $6 Million Settlement for electrician that fell one story off of roof during construction of an extension.
Construction Accidents $6 Million Awarded to construction worker that fell from ladder while installing window frame.
Construction Accidents $6 Million Won by construction worker that fell from ladder sustaining serious injuries.
Negligent Supervision $6 Million Awarded to 19 year old mentally disabled man that suffered severe burns as a result of institution’s failure to supervise.
Construction Accidents $5.6 Million Awarded to construction worker struck by falling object at construction site.
Construction Accidents $5.6 Million Settlement for Scaffold Installer that fell one story during construction of sidewalk bridge.
Construction Accidents $5 Million Dollars won by demolition worker that was knocked off ladder by HVAC duct, fracturing arm, requiring back surgery, amongst other injuries.

The team at Oresky & Associates, PLLC can help you through the entire process of recovering from a spinal cord injury, even accompany you on doctor’s appointments to make sure you understand instructions. Our team members are fluent in Spanish and English, and we use translation services for clients who speak other languages.

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What Happens if I Get a Spinal Cord Injury at Work?

When you sustain a spine injury at work, you should report the injury to your employer as soon as possible. Most states have a specific time frame for reporting an injury suffered on the job.

You should seek immediate medical care for your injury. Be sure to tell the medical professionals that it happened at work. Even if you do not need emergency medical treatment, see a doctor or go to the emergency room. If you notice any of these symptoms in the following weeks, you could have a spinal injury:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Numbness or weakness in the extremities
  • Fever
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control

It’s best to seek the expertise of a spinal cord injury attorney. A spinal cord injury is catastrophic and has implications for the rest of your life. At the very least, you will likely suffer a loss of wages and mounting medical bills. This type of injury is devastating to you, your family, and others who touch your life.

The mental, physical, and emotional stress and suffering cause overwhelming difficulty to spinal cord injury victims. This is not the time to go it alone or try to figure out the next steps on your own. You need the assistance of a law firm that can handle personal injury claims and seek compensation on your behalf.

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When it comes to litigation, there is no time to waste. Once you call our office, we can start building your case in your fight for compensation. In three short steps, your legal journey can begin today.

01. Free Case Evaluation

Call our office, send us an email, or chat with us online to receive a free case evaluation.

02. Get Signed Up

After your free case review, we can set up your client profile and gather any information you already have.

03. Start Your Recovery

We can take over your case from here and update you as it progresses. You can focus on your health while we focus on your case.


Frequently Asked Questions

Common Legal Questions

What is a spinal cord injury?
A spinal cord injury happens when the spinal cord is partially or completely severed, resulting in partial or complete paralysis.
What are the chances of recovery from a spinal cord injury?
Spinal cord injuries are one of the most devastating injuries you can suffer. While there is no way to reverse the damage completely, immediate treatment and medical advances can sometimes make a significant difference in the outcome.
What is life like after a spinal cord injury?
The amount of independence and movement is different for each person depending on where on the spine the injury occurred. Every person who sustains a spinal cord injury will have a different lifestyle than before the injury.
Why should I contact a spinal cord injury attorney after a spinal cord accident?
The challenges that a spinal cord victim faces are ongoing and life-changing. A skilled attorney who can fight for your rights, compensation, and continuing medical expenses is invaluable.
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Types Of Spinal Cord Injuries

A spinal cord injury damages the cells and nerves that send and receive signals from the body to the brain. When the spinal cord sustains a direct injury or an injury to the muscles and bones that house the spinal cord, this usually results in permanent changes to the body.

There are different nerves in each of the four areas of the spinal cord. The location of a spinal cord injury can determine the severity, with the most severe being the head and neck.

Levels of Significant Spinal Cord Injury

A high cervical nerve injury may result in the following:

  • Severe damage
  • Paralysis of trunk, legs, arms, and hands
  • Called Tetraplegia (or quadriplegia)
  • A person may not be able to cough, breathe, or talk on their own
  • Unable to care for themselves
  • Requires care 24 hours per day, seven days per week

Injury of the low cervical nerves affects:

  • The arms and hands
  • The ability to move, talk, breathe, and control bowels vary according to the exact nerves which are injured

Thoracic nerve injury:

  • Affects back and abdominal muscles
  • Typically results in paraplegia

Injury to lumbar nerves:

  • Loss of function to legs and hips
  • Little to no use or control of bowels

Sacral nerve injury:

  • Loss of function to legs and hips
  • Little to no use of bowels or bladder

Paralysis from spinal cord injuries varies according to where on the spine the damage occurs. Tetraplegia, also called quadriplegia, involves paralysis of the pelvic region, trunk, hands, and arms. Paraplegia affects the pelvic organs, trunk, and legs.

Incomplete vs. Complete Spinal Cord Injuries

Remarkable medical advances have made incomplete spinal cord injuries less likely to cause extreme changes to your life. Incomplete spinal cord injuries can still transmit messages to the brain, allowing a person to have some movement. Complete spinal cord injuries cause paralysis below the injury site.

Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

While every injury is different, here are several of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries.

Car and Motorcycle Accidents

High speeds and lack of seat belts contribute to the devastating impact of car accidents. Motorcycles have little protection from impact at any speed. When someone suffers a spinal cord injury in a motor vehicle accident or motorcycle wreck the other driver may be liable for the spinal cord victim’s pain, suffering,  medical expenses, and other damages.

Violent Acts

Some spinal cord injuries happen when people get into fights or firearms are involved. It is critical to have legal representation from a personal injury lawyer who understands how to prove negligence in this circumstance.

Falls

Falling can be dangerous for anyone but is a particular danger for elderly people as they often have brittle bones. While slipping and falling can happen to anyone, older adults have more difficulty seeing in dark areas, sensing depth, and navigating walkways and stairs. No matter the age of the spinal cord victim, someone else is often liable for the cause of the fall.

Sports

Another cause of many spinal cord accidents is contact sports like football or rugby. If a player is tackled or tackles another player the wrong way, it can cause major trauma to the head, neck, and/or spine. While protective equipment is often used in these sports, they are not always 100% effective at preventing injuries.

Recreational sports can also lead to spinal cord injuries when proper safety precautions are not followed. For example, there are a number of spinal cord injuries every year that occur due to someone diving into shallow water.

Construction Site Accidents

Unfortunately, one of the most prominent causes of spinal cord injuries is construction site accidents. While job site safety has improved immensely over the past 20 years, no construction site can ever be 100% safe.

Slips

When working on elevated surfaces such as buildings, steel girders, and scaffolding, the risk of slipping and/or falling is there. In the event a slip and fall happens, a spinal cord injury is a possibility, especially in falls from elevated work surfaces exposed to the weather.

Fall From Height

Construction regularly requires working at various heights. The impact of hitting a hard surface from a high height means that not many people escape with no injury to the spine and vertebrae. A fall from a ladder, scaffold, or roof may result in a spinal cord injury.

Forklift or Heavy Machinery Accident

Workers on construction sites use heavy machinery and forklifts daily. The movement of materials and machinery is dangerous to the people working nearby. In addition, there is an increased possibility of suffering fractures to the head, shoulders, neck, and back due to an injury from being struck or crushed.

Lifting Heavy Loads

The machinery necessary to lift and move heavy loads of lumber, steel, and other construction materials also poses a hazard to workers.

Repetitive Stress/Daily Physical Demands

Daily physical demands and repetitive stress in construction work can cause cumulative trauma to the spinal cord. Workers can experience stretched ligaments, bulging or herniated discs, and eventually spinal cord harm.

Medical Malpractice

Because doctors and other healthcare providers are human, they make mistakes. Unfortunately, when a medical error results in spinal cord injury, the patient often endures pain and suffering, an inability to work, and a drastic lifestyle change.

Some common medical malpractice instances involve surgeon error in a spinal operation, the delay of a procedure that results in spinal cord injury, and undiagnosed injuries that could cause further spinal cord damage.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) reports that motor vehicle accidents account for numerous spinal cord injuries. When traveling at a high rate of motion in a car and coming to a sudden stop or crash, the force can cause contusions, organ damage, and fractured vertebrae.

While a spinal cord injury might not be evident immediately after a car accident, symptoms such as swelling over time, loss of sensation, difficulty moving your extremities, and difficulty with motor function can indicate trauma to the spinal cord.

What Happens if I Get a Spinal Cord Injury at Work?

When you sustain a spine injury at work, you should report the injury to your employer as soon as possible. Most states have a specific time frame for reporting an injury suffered on the job.

You should seek immediate medical care for your injury. Be sure to tell the medical professionals that it happened at work. Even if you do not need emergency medical treatment, see a doctor or go to the emergency room. If you notice any of these symptoms in the following weeks, you could have a spinal injury:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Numbness or weakness in the extremities
  • Fever
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control

It’s best to seek the expertise of a spinal cord injury attorney. A spinal cord injury is catastrophic and has implications for the rest of your life. At the very least, you will likely suffer a loss of wages and mounting medical bills. This type of injury is devastating to you, your family, and others who touch your life.

The mental, physical, and emotional stress and suffering cause overwhelming difficulty to spinal cord injury victims. This is not the time to go it alone or try to figure out the next steps on your own. You need the assistance of a law firm that can handle personal injury claims and seek compensation on your behalf.

Recovering Damages After a Spinal Cord Injury

Living with a spinal cord injury or even a spinal injury that requires surgery, physical therapy, and rehabilitation changes every aspect of your life. Many times, for the injured individual, it involves living with a disability.

The team of attorneys at Oresky & Associates works has experience helping spinal cord injury victims. Our paralysis and spinal cord injury lawyers will seek  compensation for past, present, and future pain and suffering, lost wages, ongoing medical costs, property damage, and any other applicable costs.

Spinal cord injuries require attorneys who understand the extent of this life-altering injury. When you need someone who can make strategic decisions, litigate in the courtroom, and demonstrate a proven track record of successful awards in personal injury lawsuits, you want Oresky & Associates.

We are passionate about helping you pursue the compensation you need to live in the aftermath of a devastating, life-changing accident. Contact us now at (718)993-9999 for a free consultation to discuss your rights and options.

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Speak With An Experienced New York Spinal Cord Injury Attorney

The spinal cord injury lawyers at Oresky and Associates, PLLC, have fought for the rights of injury victims in New York City for more than 30 years. We proudly serve the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn,  Long Island, Staten Island,  Queens,  and Westchester areas, and want to fight for your rights. 

We provide: 

  •     Free consultation
  •     Bilingual staff (Spanish & English)
  •     Transportation to and from the office
  •     Home or hospital visits
  •     Contingency fee basis

Our clients trust us because we are passionate about what we do, and we stand behind every case that we pursue. If you are ready to start your spinal cord injury accident claim, schedule a free consultation today. Call us now at (718) 993-9999.

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