What to Do When an Accident in New Jersey Causes Back & Spinal Injuries
Bergen County lawyers guide you through your claim for a spinal cord injury
A back injury seriously can harm the spine and spinal cord. A spinal cord injury is generally caused by a blow to the back that fractures or dislocates the vertebrae in the spine. Additional damage can be caused when the vertebrae or fractured pieces of the spine tear into cord tissue or damage the nerves. The most severe injuries cause paralysis below the site of the injury.
If you sustained a serious back injury or spinal injury in Bergen County or northern New Jersey because of the negligence or wrongful acts of another, it’s in your best interests to find an attorney who can help you recover compensation for your medical bills, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and other harm. At the Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg, we are dedicated to helping you obtain the full compensation you need and deserve under the law. Our highly experienced lawyers personally handle your case to ensure the best quality of service and results.
What are the symptoms of spinal injuries?
Because spinal injuries are internal, they are not always easily recognized or diagnosed. If you or a loved one was in a car or truck accident, a slip and fall accident or otherwise injured your spine, seeking medical treatment is the best way to diagnose the injury and minimize the harm. Many symptoms indicate a spinal cord injury, including:
Pain or pressure in the neck, head or back
Tingling or loss of sensation in the hand, fingers, feet or toes
Partial or complete loss of control over any body part
Urinary or bowel problems
Balance and walking problems
Bands of pain or pressure in the area between the head and abdomen
Unusual lumps on the head or spine
Signs of weakness or brain injury
Unconsciousness or semiconsciousness
What kind of back injuries can you sustain in an accident?
Our lawyers help you recover compensation for all types of serious injuries to the back, neck and spine, including:
Herniated disc injuries
Spinal cord injury
Broken or fractured spine
Pinched or damaged nerves
Numbness, pain or weakness
Blood pressure problems
Loss of muscle, lung, bowel or bladder control
Paralysis, including paraplegia and quadriplegia
What are the causes of back and spinal injuries?
Diseases and accidents both can cause a spinal injury. Alcohol is a factor in about one out of four accidental spinal injuries. At the Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg, our attorneys assist victims in recovering compensation from negligent parties in all types of accidents that cause an injury to the spine:
Auto accidents and motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries. They cause more than 40 percent of new injuries in the United States each year.
Trip and slip and fall accidents and falls from heights cause more than 25 percent of spinal injuries. If you are over age 65, falling is the most common way to injure your spine.
About 15 percent of spinal cord injuries are caused by gunshot wounds, knife wounds and other violent acts.
About 8 percent of back injuries are caused by athletic and recreational activities, including impact sports, such as football and diving in shallow water.