Spinal cord injuries are among the most severe types of injuries a person can sustain. They often result in significant physical impairments, as well as immense emotional and financial hardships. Sadly, many spinal cord injuries occur solely because of the negligence or wrongful conduct of another. When this is the case, victims and/or their family members may be entitled to financial compensation.
At the Law Office of Joseph J. Perrini, III, we have been fighting for the rights of injured victims and their loved ones since 1996. Based on Long Island, our spinal cord injury lawyer represents clients in Queens and all of New York City and the surrounding areas. With nearly 30 years of experience, including past experience in insurance defense, Attorney Joseph J. Perrini, III has the legal knowledge, resources, and skill to effectively advocate for you and the justice you deserve.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
While there are many different types of spinal cord injuries, they are generally broken down into two categories:
- Complete: A complete spinal cord injury occurs when all communication between the brain and the body below the point of injury is severed. Complete spinal cord injuries are typically more severe than incomplete spinal cord injuries.
- Incomplete: An incomplete spinal cord injury occurs when some communication between the brain and the body below the point of injury is retained. Though less severe than complete spinal cord injuries, incomplete spinal cord injuries can have lasting effects.
Complete spinal cord injuries can lead to partial or total paralysis, which may be permanent or temporary in nature. Paraplegia, quadriplegia/tetraplegia, and triplegia are all examples of complete spinal cord injuries. In contrast, an incomplete spinal cord injury may result in significant impairment and limitations of various bodily functions and/or members. However, permanent total paralysis is less common with incomplete spinal cord injuries.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Any catastrophic event, such as a serious accident, can result in a spinal cord injury.
However, the leading causes of spinal cord injuries are:
- Auto accidents, including car, motorcycle, truck, and bicycle accidents
- Falls, including slip and falls, falls from heights, and workplace falls
- Sports accidents, including youth and professional sports accidents
- Recreation accidents, such as boating or ATV accidents
- Criminal activity and acts of violence, including assault
- Diseases, including hereditary diseases, degenerative illnesses, and more
Alcohol is a common factor in many spinal cord injuries, as is negligence. Often, these two factors go hand-in-hand. For example, a person may act negligently by choosing to drive drunk, causing an accident that leaves another person severely injured.
If you believe that your or your loved one’s spinal cord injury was the result of another person or party’s negligent or wrongful conduct, you could have grounds for a personal injury claim or lawsuit. Our Long Island spinal cord injury attorney at the Law Office of Joseph J. Perrini, III can help you understand your legal rights and options during a free, no-obligation consultation.
Why Hire a Long Island Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer?
Spinal cord injuries are catastrophic injuries. Victims require extensive, ongoing medical treatment and care that may last a lifetime. The cost of treating a spinal cord injury can be exorbitant—easily exceeding tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. Victims are also often unable to return to work, temporarily or permanently. This affects their earning capacity and can have a significant impact on their finances and ability to care for themselves and their families.
While you may be entitled to financial compensation for these and other damages related to your injury, actually recovering a fair settlement can be challenging. Insurance companies are not willing to pay out high-value claims and will instead go to great lengths to dispute or disprove your claim. You need an attorney by your side who can fight back against the insurance company’s efforts to undervalue or deny your claim, someone who knows how the other side operates and how to advocate for you.
Attorney Joseph J. Perrini, III began his legal career nearly 30 years ago defending insurance companies against these types of claims. Using the insights he learned during this time in his practice, he now builds powerful cases on behalf of the severely injured. He understands what is at stake and, most importantly, he is willing to fight tirelessly for you.
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