The impact of a spinal injury on accident victims and their families can be emotionally, physically and financially devastating. Our team of experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyers at Gold, Albanese & Barletti, LLC can help you recover compensation for your injuries and the long-term medical costs often associated with spinal injury.
What Is Spinal Injury?
According to the Mayo Clinic, a spinal cord injury is “damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal.” Back, neck and spinal injuries can cause chronic pain and very serious, permanent health problems that require lifelong treatment and care, including diminished motor skills, muscle strength and loss of feeling or sensation in areas of the body below the injury site.
The spinal cord is involved in a range of bodily functions such as bladder & bowel control, breathing and sexual performance. An injured party may become paraplegic (paralyzed below the waist) or quadriplegic (paralyzed below the neck), and his or her body may lose the ability to perform these and other functions on its own.
Causes of Spinal Injury
Spinal cord injury is commonly caused by a traumatic injury to the spine, which may be due to:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian accidents
- Acts of violence such as assault or gunshot wounds
- Sports activities such as football, diving and horseback riding
- Medical malpractice, including errors during neck or back surgery
- Workplace accidents
Types of Damages For Spinal Injury
The types of damages for which you may receive compensation include:
- Past and future medical expenses and continuing care
- Past and future loss of earnings
- Past and future loss of household services
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of quality and/or enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship and consortium
Spinal Injury Claims
If your spinal injury was caused by negligence such as a car accident that wasn’t your fault, you must prove that the liable party is responsible for your injuries. When a spinal injury is exacerbated or caused by a defective product such as a malfunctioning airbag, you may be entitled to compensation from the designer, manufacturer, and seller of the product. New Jersey personal injury attorneys who are well-versed in successfully handling these types of complex spinal injury cases will understand how to effectively negotiate with insurance companies, or if need be, successfully present your case in court to ensure you receive maximum compensation.
Contact us at 732-936-9901 to discuss your claim with our skilled New Jersey personal injury lawyers at Gold, Albanese & Barletti, LLC.