Trusted Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys
Spinal cord injuries can cause lasting medical problems, ranging from chronic pain to paralysis. As a result, spinal cord injury victims may require extensive medical care, rehabilitation, adaptive equipment and ongoing personal assistance. They may need vocational training to return to work – if they are able to work at all.
At Powers & Santola, LLP, our spinal cord injury lawyers understand the challenges faced by those who suffer spinal cord injuries on the job or in accidents caused by another’s negligence. Since 1987, we have been helping spinal cord injury victims and their families to get their lives back on track.
We want to assist you as well. To learn more about your legal options after suffering a spinal cord injury in Albany, Syracuse or elsewhere in New York State, contact us today. We can provide a free initial consultation about your case.
A Closer Look at Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord serves as the core of the body’s nervous system. It links the brain to nerves throughout the body. It is protected by vertebrae. These are bones that make up the spinal column or backbone. A spinal cord injury may be caused by direct trauma to the spinal cord or damage to the vertebrae that irritates the spinal cord.
In most cases, paralysis – a loss of function – results from injury to the spinal cord. Symptoms appear below the point along the spinal column at which the injury occurs. The medical community describes spinal cord injuries as either:
- Complete – The victim suffers total loss of feeling and control over the body below the point of the injury; or
- Incomplete – Some movement or sensation remains below the point of the injury.
For instance, after a lower back (lumbar) injury, the victim may lose use of his or her legs. However, a neck (cervical) injury can cause paralysis from the shoulders or chest down, resulting in the loss of lung function and the need for a ventilator to breathe.
Paraplegia is paralysis that affects all or part of the legs and/or pelvic organs. Those with paraplegia have damage in the spinal cord’s thoracic (between neck and abdomen), lumbar (lower back) or sacral (hip, pelvis) regions.
Tetraplegia, which is sometimes called “quadriplegia,” involves paralysis of the arms, hands, trunk, legs and pelvic organs. People with tetraplegia have suffered an injury to one of the eight cervical segments of the spinal cord.
Loss of function due to paralysis can include:
- Bowel and bladder dysfunction
- Sexual dysfunction
- Inability to regulate blood pressure
- Inability to regulate respiration.
The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) reports that about 273,000 people in the U.S. are living with the ongoing consequences of a spinal cord injury. An estimated 12,000 new cases occur every year.
Our Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys Pursue Compensation for Your Injuries
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident that happened at your workplace, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. If you have a spinal cord injury because of an accident that resulted from another person’s negligence, such as in a motor vehicle accident or medical procedure, our spinal cord injury attorneys may also be able to obtain relief through a personal injury claim.
Powers & Santola is available to help you. Our spinal cord injury lawyers have secured several multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts on behalf of spinal cord injury victims in Albany, Syracuse and throughout Upstate New York. Examples of spinal cord injury cases we have handled include:
- $4.5 million recovery for an 18-year-old boy who suffered paraplegia when the car in which he was a seat-belted rear seat passenger left the road and struck a utility pole head-on, fracturing his spine. The injuries were caused by the “lap-only” style seatbelt that Chrysler had installed as standard backseat equipment in its pre-1989 vehicles.
- $4 million recovery for a 69-year-old construction worker who suffered a spinal cord injury with resulting paralysis while renovating a commercial building. He fell approximately 10 feet because he was not provided with adequate safety devices.
- $3 million recovery for a 63-year-old man whose spinal abscess was not timely diagnosed and treated, resulting in permanent paralysis.
- $2.5 million recovery for a 32-year-old woman who was permanently paralyzed as the result of being ejected from a motor vehicle in which she was riding as a passenger when the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to leave the road and roll over several times.
We carefully select cases so we can devote the full extent of our time and resources to developing strong cases for our clients’ financial recovery.
To learn more, call or contact us online today. Our initial consultations are always free.