New York Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
Treating Your Personal Injuries with Empathy
There are few injuries more devastating than spinal cord injuries. With such an injury, you may be unable to do things you used to take for granted, such as work, drive, or even move around. You are also likely to face significant medical expenses and other costs in the years ahead, not to mention possible chronic pain and ongoing emotional suffering.
At The Paris Law Group, PC, our New York spinal cord injury lawyer represents people who have suffered catastrophic injuries, such as paralysis or brain damage. If you were or someone you love suffered a spinal cord injury due to the negligence of another party, we can seek the financial compensation you will need for the challenges ahead. Founding partner Jason Paris has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for accident victims in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island, as well as throughout Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, and Putnam Counties.
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Spinal Cord Injury Symptoms
It is critical that a person who has sustained a spinal cord injury is not moved until paramedics arrive to avoid further injury, including permanent and irreversible paralysis. If you suspect that you or someone else has suffered an injury to the spine, call 911 and wait for an ambulance to arrive at the scene.
Do not move an individual who exhibits any signs of a spinal cord injury, including:
- Complaining of neck or back pain
- Loss of movement
- Numbness or tingling of the extremities
- Exaggerated reflexes
- Muscle weakness and/or spasms
- Difficulty or inability to feel touch, heat, cold, etc.
- Loss of bladder and/or bowel control
- Extreme pain
- Difficulty breathing/impaired breathing
- Chest pain
- Severe pain/pressure in the back, neck, or head
There are times when a person can and should be moved after an accident, such as when the person is in immediate danger. This might be the case if a car accident victim is lying in the middle of the highway or is near a structure that is on fire or in danger of collapsing. Before moving an injured individual who is facing imminent danger, always first ensure that it is safe for you to approach them. Your own safety is paramount; you can not help another person if you are gravely injured yourself.
It is also important that you know how to move a person who has possibly suffered a spinal cord injury. The key is to keep the individual’s back flat and their head, neck, and back in a straight line. If a person is in immediate danger, carefully move the injured person by grabbing the shoulders of their shirt and using your forearms to cradle their head while slowly dragging them to safety. You may also carefully and slowly move an injured individual out of harm’s way by dragging them by the feet, always ensuring that their head and neck remain in a straight line. Ideally, if you are able to enlist the help of one or several other people, this can help ensure that the victim does not sustain additional injuries.
How Spinal Cord Injuries Happen
Spinal cord injuries are often the result of negligence. In fact, negligent and wrongful conduct play huge roles in the number of spinal cord injuries suffered by innocent individuals each year. While blameless accidents can occasionally happen, the sad truth is that most spinal cord injuries could have—and should have—been prevented.
The leading causes of spinal cord injuries include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Sports- and recreation-related accidents
- Acts of violence (assault, gunshots, etc.)
- Alcohol and disease
When another person or party owes you a duty of care, meaning they have a legal responsibility to act in a way to reasonably prevent you from coming to foreseeable harm, but fails to uphold that duty of care, they can be held responsible. After a catastrophic injury caused by another person or party, you are entitled to seek fair financial compensation for your damages. The Paris Law Group, PC can help.
Planning for Your Future After an Injury
Anyone who suffers a spinal cord injury is likely to experience a degree of paralysis. This loss may range from weakness, tingling, or numbness in the affected limbs to a complete loss of sensation and movement below the area of injury. While there is currently no cure for spinal cord injuries, many people recover some movement or sensation with ongoing treatment. One day, we may have a cure.
As the victim of a spinal cord injury, it’s important to keep hope. At the same time, it’s important to plan ahead. You may need physical therapy, home modifications, special vehicles, and other accommodations for a long time or even a lifetime.
Our New York spinal cord injury lawyer will carefully evaluate all parties that may be liable for your injury so we can work to recover maximum compensation from all sources. This might include examining whether the accident/injury was caused by another person, a product manufacturer, a negligent employer, or a combination of multiple entities. We will concentrate on the legal and financial issues you face so you can concentrate on your medical treatment.
We invite you to speak with our team today by calling us at (888) 365-4940. There is no fee and no obligation when you discuss your situation with us.
Slip & Fall $11 Million
A well-known cellist was awarded almost $11 million after a slip and fall in a gourmet food market that resulted in injuries that now hamper her ability to play the instrument.
Pedestrian Knockdown $2.8 Million
The client was a pedestrian crossing the street when she was hit by a yellow school bus making a left-hand turn. As a result of the impact, she was forced to fall to the ground and sustained an injury to her shoulder and lower back, both of which resulted in surgeries.
Bus Accident $2.1 Million
A mediated settlement was reached on the eve of trial on behalf of the client who was a driver of a motor vehicle which was struck in the rear by a bus.
Pedestrian Accident $2 Million
The client, a young boy, was crossing the street near his home on Staten Island when he slipped on ice in the roadway and was hit by a car.
Car Accident $1.7 Million
The client was an ambulance driver responding to an emergency call. While in the process of making a left-hand turn with the ambulance lights and sirens in operation, he was struck by a vehicle going straight.
Truck Accident $1.5 Million
The client, a 37-year-old man, was struck in the rear by a truck while driving his car and subsequently underwent neck surgery. The defendant claimed the client cut him off. We aggressively litigated the case and on the eve of trial the defendant agreed to pay $1.5 million after previously taking a no-pay position.
Car Accident $1.25 Million
Through aggressive litigation, full policy limits in the amount of $1.25 million were tendered within 14 months of the accident for the injured passenger in a motor vehicle accident. The client was a rear-seat passenger in a motor vehicle that was pulled over on the shoulder of the Staten Island Expressway when it was rear-ended by the defendant in the early morning hours.
Slip & Fall $1.2 Million
The client tripped and fell coming out of a bar in Staten Island, sustaining injuries to her knee, neck, and back. The bar claimed that the accident never happened, and the bar blamed the owner of the premises for the condition of the sidewalk, with the owner of the premises blaming the bar.
Slip & Fall Injury $1 Million
A settlement was reached with a confidential defendant as a result of a fall at work. The client worked as a cash handler collecting money from banks. After picking up a bag of cash from a bank and placing it in the back of his armored vehicle, the security ink packets exploded frightening the client and causing him to fall backward, striking his head against the floor.
Scaffolding Accident $1 Million
In very contentious litigation and after extensive negotiations and multiple mediations, a settlement was reached for the client in the amount of $1 million. The client was working on a scaffold at a construction site when he lost his balance and fell 10 feet to the ground.