The spinal cord contains many nerves that communicate with the brain in order to control the body’s movements and allow the body to feel sensations such as pain, touch, etc. Spinal cord injuries cause damage to these nerves and this nerve damage interferes with the flow of signals between the nerves and the brain. This results in the body’s loss of mobility and sensation. The spinal cord does not have to be severed in order to have such an injury. In most people with spinal cord injuries, the spinal cord is intact but is damaged. It is possible to fracture or “break” your back or neck without sustaining a spinal cord injury if only the bones/vertebrae of the spine are damaged.
Spinal cord injury can result when the cord is pulled or compressed, which can happen when the head, neck or back move or twist abnormally during an accident.
The symptoms of spinal cord injury vary depending on the severity of injury and where, along the cord, the injury is located.
Serious spinal cord injuries can devastate families. They often involve prolonged periods of recovery, result in permanent disability and require significant modifications to one’s home, vehicle, workplace and lifestyle.
If you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury, you should know your rights and options. There may be resources and compensation available to assist you in reaching maximal recovery, restoring your quality of life, and to compensate you and your family for your losses and future expenses.
As victims of spinal cord injury begin the recovery process, there are costs of rehabilitation which families may not consider in the early days after an injury. Our legal team works with our clients’ medical and rehabilitation professionals to ensure they receive the best medical care and rehabilitation available and that their futures are protected.
Oftentimes, people with spinal cord injuries are unable to work and require costly assistance for the rest of their lives. When you consider that 8 out of 10 spinal cord injuries occur in people under the age of 35, those with permanent injuries will need to incur extraordinary expenses and may not earn income for many decades. It is crucially important that such people are properly compensated for the rest of their lives.
If you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury, the types of compensation available to you can include compensation for:
- your and your family’s pain and suffering
- your and your family’s losses of income, past and future
- costs of medical rehabilitation, past and future, which include costs of:
- therapy such as physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage, etc.
- psychological counselling for the injured person and their family
- compensation for past and future costs of care, which include costs of:
- modifying your home, car and work space
- re-training and education toward a different type of employment
- nursing/attendant care to assist with personal care tasks
- housekeeping and home maintenance
- assistive devices for the home, vehicle, workplace, etc.
- care for a dependent that you used to provide, such as a child, elderly parent, or a family member with special needs
- pet care
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, you need an experienced legal team by your side who understands the complexities of spinal cord injuries and what’s required for full compensation.
We invite you to contact us and speak with one of our lawyers to learn more about the rights and resources available to victims of spinal cord injuries and their families. The road to recovery can be long and difficult, but knowing your future is protected by expert legal representation will provide peace of mind for you and your family.