The injury lawyers in New York City at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool And The Law Office Of William A. Gallina, LLP have dedicated our careers to helping individuals who have suffered serious injuries. Whether you or a loved one has been harmed in an accident, at work or by medical malpractice, we can seek compensation for your losses. Our injury lawyers have experience handling cases involving a variety of different injuries. Below are just some of the types of injury claims we handle:
An amputation will cause significant, long-term consequences for the injury victim and his or her family. Some people will be unable to return to their previous jobs or complete daily tasks, while many will experience considerable physical pain and psychological trauma. Some victims suffer from reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), also known as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), which can create the sensation of pain at the location of the missing limb.
While some amputations are the result of an illness or medical malpractice, many are caused by traumatic accidents such as car accidents, workplace accidents, construction accidents and falls. No matter the cause, you will need an experienced injury lawyer to pursue your claim and collect damages from the negligent party. We represent individuals who have suffered all types of amputations, including:
Amputations Of The Arm Or Hand:
- Amputation of the fingers or thumb
- Metacarpal amputation and wrist disarticulation (loss of the hand)
- Transradial amputation (loss of the forearm)
- Elbow disarticulation (loss of the elbow and forearm)
- Transhumeral amputation (loss of the arm above the elbow and below the shoulder)
- Shoulder disarticulation (loss of the arm and shoulder)
- Forequarter amputation (loss of the arm, shoulder blade and collarbone)
Amputations Of The Leg Or Foot:
- Foot amputation
- Syme amputation and ankle disarticulation (loss of the ankle and foot)
- Transtibial amputation (loss of the leg below the knee)
- Knee-bearing amputation (loss of the lower leg and knee)
- Transfemoral amputation (loss of the leg above the knee)
- Hip disarticulation (loss of the entire leg)
What Are The Consequences Of Amputations?
Amputees may face a lifetime of pain and long-term medical treatment. Typical effects of amputations include phantom pain, wound pain, depression, shortening of the muscles, tissue necrosis or skin death, failure to heal and prosthetic complications. In addition, traumatic amputation victims may suffer serious secondary complications such as bleeding, shock, infection or wrongful death.
After amputation surgery, patients require long-term rehabilitation, which may include strengthening the remaining muscles and relearning skills such as grasping objects or walking. Furthermore, the expenses associated with medical care and prostheses after an amputation are considerable. You may also need compensation to cover the cost of modifying your home and vehicles. Our injury lawyers will fight for the maximum damages you are entitled to receive.
Arm injuries can be the result of traumatic accidents, such as a car accident or a slip and fall. These types of accidents often cause fractures of the forearm, wrist, elbow, upper arm or shoulder.
Forearm And Wrist Fractures:
- Distal radius fracture/Colles’ fracture (a break in the wrist caused by falling on outstretched arms)
- Distal ulnar fracture (a break caused by falling on outstretched arms)
- Intra-articular fracture (a break that extends into the wrist joint)
- Extra-articular fracture (a break that does not extend into the wrist joint)
- Distal humerus fracture (a break of the humerus bone, near the elbow joint)
- Radial head fracture (a break of the lower arm bone in the joint)
- Olecranon fracture (elbow fracture)
Upper Arm And Shoulder Fractures:
- Proximal humerus fracture (a break of the humerus bone, near the shoulder joint)
In the most catastrophic cases, amputation of all or part of the arm may be necessary. If you need surgery for a broken arm, the surgeon may use pins, screws, plates or external fixation to repair the break. In some cases, the patient may not recover full range of motion or full use of the arm after surgery. Depending on your occupation and lifestyle, losing full use of your arm may considerably impact your life. Our New York City injury lawyers can work with medical experts and economists to demonstrate the effect your injury has on your life and your family.
Back injuries are fairly common among accident victims. These types of injuries typically occur as a result of vehicle accidents, constructions accidents or slip and fall accidents. A back injury can be extremely debilitating and may force victims to miss time at work and undergo expensive treatments. Our injury lawyers can help you recover damages if your back injury was caused by another’s negligence.
What Are Some Common Causes Of Back Injuries?
Some of the most frequent causes of back injuries are:
- Slip And Fall Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Construction Accidents
- Bricklaying And Masonry
- Failed Back Surgery
What Are Some Common Types Of Back Injuries?
Fractures: Debilitating back pain is often caused by an injury to the spinal discs. Fractures of the thoracic and lumbar spine are fractures to the spinal column in the lower (lumbar) and middle (thoracic) back that can cause persistent, disabling pain.
Disc Injuries: Disc injuries may cause chronic pain or, in catastrophic cases, paralysis, paraplegia or quadriplegia. These conditions may cause secondary injuries, including pressure sores, respiratory problems and impaired organ function. Lumbar disc herniation or herniated discs (also called slipped discs or ruptured discs) can also be extremely painful. Cervical disc herniation, which involves discs in the neck, can be just as debilitating. Many serious lumbar and cervical spine injuries require surgical procedures, such as a laminectomy, discectomy, lumbar fusion or cervical fusion.
Secondary Injuries: Back and spinal injuries may also cause secondary injuries to the extremities such as pain, numbness or tingling in the arms and hands. The hips, thighs, legs, knees, ankles and feet may also be affected. Pain and numbness in these parts of the body may cause reduced muscle strength and loss of range of motion.
Brain damage can be caused by a traumatic brain injury (TBI), chemical exposure and birth injuries. Regardless of the cause, brain injury victims and their families often find that their lives are irreversibly altered after such an injury. Family life may revolve around medical care or adjusting to living with a person whose personality has changed.
What Is A Traumatic Brain Injury?
Trauma caused by a physical blow to the head or a penetrating head injury may disrupt the brain’s normal function. A blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth can bounce the brain off the skull, resulting in a brain injury. TBI is often difficult to diagnose because the symptoms may not present themselves until weeks or months after the trauma that caused the injury. Diagnostic tests such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), CAT scans and electroencephalograms (EEG) can be helpful in diagnosing brain injuries. However, a person can have normal test results and may still have suffered a significant and permanent TBI.
Do Traumatic Brain Injuries Differ In Severity?
A TBI may be classified as mild, moderate or severe depending on the severity of neurological disruption or damage to the brain.
Mild TBI: A mild brain injury can have a serious impact on a person’s life. Even if the person retains most physical and cognitive abilities, he or she may suffer from mood disorders and personality changes. Additional symptoms may include headaches, confusion, lightheadedness, dizziness, vision problems, ringing in the ears, abnormal sleeping patterns and fatigue.
Moderate TBI: A moderate brain injury can include nausea, fatigue, memory loss, dizziness, convulsions, seizures, persistent headaches, vision problems and loss of consciousness. A moderate TBI may also result in mood disorders or personality changes.
Severe TBI: A severe brain injury can cause the symptoms of a moderate TBI, as well as impaired motor skill function and speech. In catastrophic cases, a severe TBI may result in trouble breathing, unconsciousness, a vegetative state, coma or wrongful death.
TBI victims often require long-term medical care. Treatment may include rehabilitative therapy and care from speech pathologists, physical and occupational therapists and neurologists.