Recovery for Spinal and Disk Damage Resulting from a New York City Truck Accident

The force of impact in a tractor-trailer accident commonly causes back and neck injuries to the car occupants or pedestrians involved. Back and neck injuries affect every aspect of your life. Even a minor injury can hinder your ability to do your job, perform activities of daily living and generally enjoy your life. Severe back and neck injuries can result in surgery and cause long-term disabilities.

Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. has more than 30 years of experience helping truck accident victims recover the money they are entitled to. Our New York City truck wreck attorneys have the knowledge, skill, experience and the resources to prove the nature and extent of your neck and back injuries, including herniated lumbar disks, herniated cervical disks, whiplash and spinal cord damage. We demand justice and money for the losses you suffered in a commercial vehicle accident.

Herniated Disk

A pliable capsule filled with a jelly-like substance sits between each of your vertebra to permit comfortable mobility of your back and neck. The massive jolt to your body during a truck accident can tear the disk and cause herniation, also referred to as a slipped, bulging or ruptured disk.

Disk herniation occurs when the spongy material pushes out of the tougher exterior shell and irritates and compresses the surrounding nerves and spinal cord. Herniation of the cervical disk may result in pain, tingling, numbness and weakness to your neck, shoulders, arms, hands and fingers. Herniation of the lumbar disk may result in pain, tingling, numbness and weakness to the back, buttocks, groin, hamstring, calves, feet and toes. Symptoms can be immediately obvious and severe. However, symptoms sometimes start mild and progressively worsen.

Cauda Equina Syndrome

A herniated disk in the lower back can compress nerves at the base of the spine and cause cauda equina syndrome. This serious condition can result in permanent nerve damage and such severe symptoms as:

  • Sciatica
  • Low back pain
  • Numbness and tingling to the saddle region
  • Bladder and bowel incontinence
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Weakness, sensory loss and paralysis of the lower extremities


Whiplash is a strain or sprain of your neck caused by trauma. The human head typically weighs between 5 to 11 pounds. You likely rarely notice this weight balanced on your neck. During a truck accident, however, your head’s weight may be thrown in a sudden back and forth motion that damages your cervical ligaments, muscles, tendons, disks and nerves. Whiplash is often a very painful and debilitating injury. Symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Soreness and tenderness
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Shooting, radiating or persistent pain
  • Vision problems

You may not experience symptoms for several hours or even days or months after you sustain whiplash, and the symptoms may at first appear minor and progressively get worse. In addition, whiplash symptoms may persist long after your other injuries have healed. We accept neck and back injuries because often these injuries get progressively worse with time and require operative procedures and/or surgeries to lessen the pain.

Learn More about Proving Injuries You Sustained in a Truck Wreck

Call Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. at 1-888-575-6410 to schedule your free truck injury claims assessment at our Manhattan, Bronx, Deer Park, Jericho or White Plains office. Because we take your case on a contingency fee basis, you do not pay us attorneys’ fees unless we recover money for you.