Norwalk Spinal and Neck Injury Attorney
Different situations can give rise to injuries to the spine, back, or neck. Often these types of injuries can be seen in the aftermath of a car or truck accident, but even a slip-and-fall, can result in a serious spinal or back injury. Injuries affecting a victim’s spine or back are not only painful, but sometimes require a major adjustment to their daily life. Norwalk personal injury lawyer Kevin L. Hoffkins helps those who have been injured by another party’s negligent actions pursue proper legal claims. Victims who suffer serious injuries require medical treatment that can be very expensive. Those who are at-fault for causing an injury should be the ones who also pay the costs of the victim’s recovery. Mr. Hoffkins is committed to making sure victims understand their legal rights and options throughout any necessary proceedings. If you or a loved one has sustained an injury to your spine, back, or neck in an accident caused by negligence, please contact the Law Offices of Kevin L. Hoffkins today. Our office can be reached by phone at (203) 612-7015 or online .Common Causes of Spinal, Neck, and Back Injuries
Motor vehicle accidents such as car, truck, or motorcycle crashes are common sources of a victims spinal or neck injury. Sometimes, however, dangerous conditions like a spill or hazard in a Norwalk shopping mall such as The SoNo Collection or South Norwalk Shopping Center can also lead to such injuries. Elderly victims are especially susceptible to more serious injuries in a fall. With almost 13 percent of Norwalk residents being 65 years or older, it is important to know your legal rights in the event of an injury. An experienced Norwalk spinal and neck injury attorney can help determine if your injury was caused by another’s negligence.
Whiplash is one of the most common neck injuries and is often suffered by victims of rear-end car crashes. In Norwalk, these kinds of collisions can happen on any of the busier roads, including U.S. Routes 1 and 7, along Main Ave. or Grist Mill Road, as well as on Interstate 95. Major accidents can also lead to severe spinal injuries. Paraplegia or quadriplegia are “complete” spinal injuries, whereby the victim losses total function in either all or their lower extremities. An incomplete spinal injury can also result from these accidents, where a victim will still keep some function but can have short- or long-term numbness or pain. Back injuries are also prevalent in these types of accidents. Herniated discs, as well as fractures or injuries to soft tissue often occur as a result of motor vehicle accidents.Seeking Compensation for Spinal and Neck Injuries
If you’ve suffered a spinal, neck, or back injury, it is important to seek immediate medical treatment. Injuries in Norwalk can be treated at Norwalk Hospital as well as by hospital-based paramedics from Norwalk Hospital EMS. Once you have been evaluated and diagnosed, it is advisable to also contact a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer who can go over any legal options you have. If your injury was caused by negligence, a personal injury lawsuit can be pursued in the Judicial District of Stamford/Norwalk court. Negligence is present when the defendant breaches their duty of reasonable care to the plaintiff. This breach must also be the cause of the plaintiff’s spinal or neck injury, and the plaintiff must incur damages as a result.
To establish negligence, a plaintiff must offer evidence that the defendant did not act as a reasonable and prudent person would. Examples include if the defendant was driving aggressively, tailgating, distracted, speeding, or otherwise acting recklessly behind the wheel. Often a police accident report is useful in these cases. For Norwalk motor vehicle collisions, these reports can be obtained from the Norwalk Police Department’s Records Unit, which operates a window in the lobby of police headquarters. The department is located at 1 Monroe Street, and the window is open Tuesday through Thursday from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, with a break from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. You must have an appointment to obtain your report. Once liability is shown, victims may be awarded damages for past and anticipated medical expenses, as well as lost income or diminished earning capacity and pain and suffering.Spinal and Neck Injury Attorney Assisting Norwalk Victims
When you suffer a catastrophic injury to your spine or neck, you often need considerable time to recovery. Some of these injuries leave victims permanently impaired and unable to work as they once did. Norwalk spinal and neck injury lawyer Kevin L. Hoffkins and his team at the Law Offices of Kevin L. Hoffkins are dedicated to making sure the proper parties are held accountable. If you have questions about your legal options in the aftermath of an accident, contact our office at (203) 612-7015 or online to speak with an attorney today.