What is a Cervical Fusion After a Car Accident and How Does it Happen? Queens Car Accident Lawyers
Motor vehicle accidents can cause many different types of personal injuries. Some of the most common personal injuries are those occurring to the neck and back. These injuries are devastating types of injuries because they are often difficult to treat, take a long time to heal, and result in some type of permanent injury or disability. One of the most common forms of treatment is surgery. For severe neck injuries, a cervical fusion after a car accident may be a victim’s only hope to regain some normalcy. However, these type of surgery will also result in a permanent range of motion decrease. It is also not guaranteed to work.
Here at COHEN & COHEN PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS, P.C. , our experienced Queens car accident lawyers know how devastating a cervical fusion after a car accident can be. This surgery can place an undue burden on a victim and his or her entire family. Victims may be entitled to compensation such as pain and suffering, lost wages, lost future earnings if unable to return to the same line of work, medical bills, and other damages. If you or a loved one suffer a cervical fusion after a car accident in Queens, NYC, Long Island, or anywhere else in New York, ask for a FREE consultation with our legal team to learn what your rights to compensation may be under New York law.
What is a Cervical Fusion?
A cervical fusion is a type of spinal fusion in the neck. This is a procedure which is intended to limit the flexion and movement of the spine. The spine moves because it is built of vertebrae stacked on each other. Each vertebrae is cushioned with a soft disc. Nerves from the spinal cord extend beyond the soft discs between the vertebrae. When the vertebrae is damaged or a disc is injured, it can place pressure on the nerves. This is what can cause pain, and in some instances, it can be catastrophic disability.
A cervical fusion replaces a disc with an artificial disc such as cement spacer, bone graft, or other divider. The vertebrae above and below the disc have parts of bone removed and screws are placed two on each vertebrae involved. One rod on each side is then sowed into the screws which are tightened. The rods and screws hold the two vertebrae in place, and the cement spacer prevents wiggling, movement, or flexion which could irritate the nearby nerve.
Causes of a Cervical Fusion
A cervical fusion after a car accident can occur when there is a high-speed collision, heavy rear-end collision such as with an 18-wheeler, or a catastrophic head-on or side impact. Victims who suffer from these types of collisions may suffer significant damage to their spines, especially their neck. Some of the most common causes resulting in a spinal fusion include the following:
- Whiplash accidents
- Rear end collisions
- Head on crashes
- Side impact crashes
- Rollover collisions
- Trucking accidents
- Delivery van collisions
- Multiple vehicle collisions
- Highway crashes, and
- Many other types of motor vehicles.
Did You Have a Cervical Fusion? We Can Help
If you or a loved one had a cervical fusion after a car accident, call our experienced Queens car accident lawyers at COHEN & COHEN PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS, P.C. to learn what rights to compensation you may have. Our experienced team does not charge any money upfront because we accept cases on a contingency fee agreement. This means that we do not get paid until you get paid. Learn how we can help protect your rights to compensation by calling 800-247-8164 for a FREE case evaluation or use our convenient and easy-to-use contact us box available here.