Spinal Cord Damage and Possible Paralysis
Among the injuries a person can suffer, few have more devastating and life-changing effects than a spinal cord injury. They are catastrophic for a long list of reasons. Because the spinal cord is the main conduit through which nerves travel, physical and mental impairment is almost a certainty if the injury is severe enough. Also, unlike bones, skin, ligaments, and tendons, the spinal cord typically does not heal after an injury, making it likely that any damage you do is permanent.
If you or someone you love suffered a spinal cord injury because of another party’s negligence or wrongdoing, a spinal cord injury lawyer serving Guelph from Preszler Injury Lawyers will help you recover the compensation you deserve. Serving Guelph and surrounding areas, our legal team has a long track record of fighting and winning claims for injured clients. We offer a free initial case evaluation and are eager to get to work for you today. Reach out to us before the statute of limitations imposed by the Limitations Act passes.
To speak with a member of our staff and get started, call us at 1-800-JUSTICE.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries We Have Seen
Spinal cord injuries come in several varieties, each having a different short-term and long-term impact on your body. While they may differ in many facets, all spinal cord injuries have one thing in common—they are painful and frequently debilitating.
Several of the most common types of spinal cord injuries include:
Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury
An incomplete spinal cord injury is one in which the sufferer does not fully lose function below the injury site. For instance, if you suffer an incomplete spinal cord injury to your thoracic spine but still have limited movement of both your legs, your injury would be classified as incomplete.
Complete Spinal Cord Injury
A complete spinal cord injury results in full loss of function below the site of the injury. A lumbar spine injury resulting in paraplegia, then, would be considered a complete spinal cord injury.
Paraplegia happens when two out of four of your body’s limbs become immobilized.
Quadriplegia is defined as a total loss of mobility in all four of your body’s limbs.
Complications From Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury can affect more than mobility and ambulation. While it can have wide-ranging impacts on a host of bodily functions, some of the most common include:
Loss of Bladder and Bowel Control
Many spinal cord injury victims find they are no longer able to control their bladder or bowels.
Loss of Speech
Speech impairments, including stuttering, slurred speech, and inability to form speech from thoughts are common with spinal cord injury victims.
Impaired Cognitive Function
Because the spinal cord carries nerves to and from your brain, cognitive function can become impaired when spinal health is compromised.
The far-reaching effects of a spinal cord injury, many of which are described in the sections above—can drive even the most optimistic person into a deep depression.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal injuries can occur in a number of ways. Many causes include one or more liable parties. A spinal cord injury lawyer serving Guelph from Preszler Injury Lawyers will investigate your case, identify all potentially liable parties, gather evidence showing their culpability, and pursue them for compensation.
Some of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries include:
- Auto accidents
- Slip and falls
- Recreational activities (e.g., skiing, biking, horseback riding)
Preszler Injury Lawyers Helps You Recover the Compensation You Deserve
If you suffered a spinal cord injury, you will likely face many financial costs associated with your injury, both in the near future and down the road. You may require lifelong medical care, and you may never return to work, at least not at the same capacity as before. The person(s) responsible for your injury should pay these costs, not you.
In addition, a spinal injury often imposes a number of costs that cannot be quantified in dollar terms. Even though you cannot assign a monetary value to your physical, emotional, and psychological pain, you deserve compensation for it nonetheless. Preszler Injury Lawyers will take on the responsible party or parties and their insurance companies and help you recover the money that you deserve.
We can help you receive a settlement or award that includes compensation for the following and more:
We help you collect compensation for both your current and your anticipated future medical expenses, including surgeries, hospitalizations, doctor visits, physical therapy, occupational therapy, rehabilitation, prescription drugs, medical devices, and more.
You deserve compensation for the wages you would have been earning had you not been injured. We aggressively pursue the responsible party and their insurer for this money.
Reduced Earning Capacity
If you have lost the capacity to earn a living at the same level as before on a short-term or long-term basis, we pursue compensation to cover the difference.
Pain and Suffering and Inconvenience
Finally, we go after the responsible party to compensate you for your pain and suffering, emotional anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life. These losses are just as real as the ones involving actual financial depletion.
Call 1-800-JUSTICE for a Free Spinal Cord Injury Case Evaluation in Guelph
If you suffered a spinal cord injury, whether minor or severe, you may be eligible for compensation, and a spinal cord injury lawyer serving Guelph from Preszler Injury Lawyers can help you receive it. We will take on the responsible party or parties and their insurance companies, helping you get paid what you deserve. We offer a free initial consultation at which we will evaluate your claim and go over your legal options.
To speak with a member of the Preszler Injury Lawyers team serving Guelph, call 1-800-JUSTICE today.