A spinal cord injury can change a person’s life forever. They often require extensive emergency medical treatment as well as physical and occupational therapy into the future. Where spinal cord injuries are the result of another person’s actions, affected individuals have the right to seek compensation for their losses, including pain and suffering, the cost of past and future medical care, and income losses.
Our Ottawa-based spinal cord injury lawyers can help an injured party pursue compensation for the losses suffered. Our catastrophic injury lawyers are experienced in navigating claims, calculating an injured person’s losses, and seeking compensation from at-fault parties, both in and out of Court.
The spinal cord is comprised of a bundle of nerves, which carries electrical signals from the brain to the rest of the body. As a result, any damage to the vertebrae can result in catastrophic injury, including partial or total paralysis. Unfortunately, modern medicine remains unable to reverse many of the symptoms associated with a spinal injury, and as a result, spinal cord damage tends to be permanent. Injured parties may require both immediate intervention to prevent further damage, as well as ongoing rehabilitation and care into the future.
Spinal cord injuries are often caused by the negligence of others, such as surgical errors or malpractice, recreational accidents, injuries at birth, motor vehicle accidents, work related injuries, and defective products or machinery. Some of the most common causes of accidents that result in damage to the backbone include but are not limited to:
Whether a spinal cord injury was caused in an accident or by an intentional act, one of our Ottawa lawyers can help you seek fair compensation from the responsible parties.
Seeking compensation after a spinal cord injury often involves filing several insurance claims. If you or a loved one has suffered spinal cord damage in a car crash, you will need to file a claim through the Statutory Accident Benefit Schedule (SABS). The accident benefits system can provide direct compensation to injured accident victims for their economic losses, including lost wages, medical expenses, non-earner benefits, and caregiver benefits.
One of our Ottawa spinal cord injury lawyers can help pursue a tort claim for non-economic losses, including pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and loss of enjoyment of life. The Ontario Insurance Act §267.5 specifies, however, that receiving compensation for pain and suffering is only possible if the impairment is permanent, serious, and affects a person’s physical, mental, or psychological functions. Let one of our local lawyers with an expertise in this area assist you with filing both types of claims if you or your loved one has suffered a spinal injury in a car accident.
Injuries to the spinal cord are often permanent and life-changing. They have a dramatic effect on the lives of victims and their families. The Ottawa lawyers at our firm have the knowledge and practical experience in spinal cord injury litigation necessary to ensure you receive full and fair compensation for all expense and suffering.
The costs to care and support a victim of a serious spinal cord injury over his or her lifetime are staggering. We can calculate those costs for settlement purposes. Most importantly, our lawyers have a sincere concern and compassion for our clients and their families and take pride in our work to support your recovery.
When those injuries are the result of another party’s negligent actions, we can help. Our spinal damage lawyers investigate and pursue your claims with a firm resolve to mitigate the cost of medical care to you.
The laws in Ottawa make it clear that a party who’s negligent actions caused a spinal cord injury can be held liable for any subsequent damages. This can include non-pecuniary damages, such as for pain and suffering and loss of quality of life.
Give us a call today to discuss how another party’s negligence resulted in major changes to your or a loved one’s quality of life. Let one of our Ottawa spinal cord injury lawyers help you pursue the compensation you need to set things right.
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