SPINAL CORD INJURY LAWYER HAMILTON
Our Hamilton spinal cord injury lawyers understand that Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) are catastrophic and devastating injuries that include far-reaching physical, social and psychological consequences. Within moments, an active independent, lively and energetic person suddenly becomes immobilized with total loss of control. The effects of a spinal cord injury are instantaneous and results in a total disruption of a victim’s life – and the start of a life-long physical and psychological adjustment process.Although each person is unique in the way they cope with loss, the psychological and physical adjustment of an SCI is and will be no doubt very difficult. Optimal adjustment with the best possible care is imperative to the recovery and rehabilitation process. Equally as important is the fact that the spinal cord rehabilitation process needs to be properly planned and funded. A spinal cord injury victim, once medically cleared, will no doubt require to re-learn simple independence, self-care, mobility, routine and psychosocial coping skills.
The last thing that a spinal cord injury victim needs is worry about are finances and how they are gong to pay for things.
Experienced and aggressive lawyers that are highly specialize in spinal cord injury settlements
The spinal cord injury that you choose to represent you or your loved one should be be an experienced trial lawyer with an expertise in both personal injury and spinal cord anatomy. Victims of serious back injuries can face substantial expenses for rehabilitation and need long-term emotional and psychological support and they need experienced spinal cord injury lawyers, there is no two ways about it. Your spinal cord injury lawyer should also be experienced and capable in the fields of neuroanatomy, medicine, vocational rehabilitation and life care planning. Our Hamilton Spinal Cord Injury lawyers have deep compassion and concern for their clients, and the families of those who have sustained injury, which is why we were voted best lawyers in Canada for personal injury law, 2018. We will fight for every last penny to protect you and your family’s financial future and ensure that you have the best quality care.
Projecting Your Future Care Needs – You need to consider the long-term costs of a spinal cord injury
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury either in a motor vehicle accident or do to someone else’s negligence or carelessness, our Hamilton Spinal Cord lawyers can help ease your financial concerns and get you the compensation you deserve. The last thing that you should be worried about are your finances. Whether or not you are in the acute or rehabilitation phase, it is important you concentrate on your own medical issues. Our job is to ensure that the remainder of your life will be taking care of financially so that you never have to worry again. There is no doubt that your loved one will require lifetime funding for such
- Psychological assistance
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- PSW Assistance
- Housing modification
- Home assistance
- Personal Support
- Equipment and supplies that normally require periodic replacement such as a manual wheelchair, a power wheelchair, wheelchair lap trays, an adjustable hospital bed, mattress, a transfer belt, catheter kits, positioning wedges ect.
Spinal Cord Injuries Caused by Negligence
The psychological impacts following the traumatic and sudden onset of paraplegia, quadriplegia or tetraplegia are, to put it lightly, devastating and distressing. Life experience is essentially stopped and restarted with new challenges that require a tremendous amount of resilience to cope emotionally and psychologically. Developing the strength to discover new ways of dealing with physical and social challenges is far from easy. Many individuals with spinal cord injuries are forced to not only deal with physical loss, but many must also carry a heavy burden of mental illness – especially if their spinal cord injury was caused by someone else’s negligence or carelessness.
Spinal cord injury is either caused by traumatic or non-traumatic forces. Examples of non-traumatic forces are spinal cord injuries caused by pathological influence, congenital issues, major degenerative joint disease, rheumatoid arthritis, MS, ALS, or infections. Traumatic spinal cord injuries are unfortunately the number one cause of adult spinal cord injury. Common causes of traumatic spinal cord injury, are, statistically normally caused be:
- gunshot wounds
- car accidents
- motorcycle accidents
- pedestrians hit by cars
- physical assault
- sports injuries
- slip and falls
- trip and falls
- diving accidents
- falling objects
- bicycle accidents
- all terrain (atv) accidents
The Anatomy of a Spinal Cord Injury
Your spinal cord is a pillar of nerves that run from the base of your skull to your tailbone. Your spinal cord is protected by a sheath, which is further protected and held by four regions of butterfly-shaped vertebral bones:
- Cervical Area: this is the area that runs down from the base of your neck. There are eight cervical vertebrae in the region. From the top down, the bones are called C1 to C8.
- Thoracic area: this area is the middle of your back. There are 12 thoracic vertebrae in the region – called T1 to T12.
- Lumbar area: this is otherwise known as your lower back. There are five lumbar vertebrae in the lower back region. Technically, the spinal cord ends at approximately L1 to L2, with bundles of nerves continue running downwards into your lower body.
- Sacral area: the sacral vertebrae are fused to make up the sacrum.
There are various mechanisms, often in combination the produce a spinal cord injury. Most frequently, spinal cord injuries are caused by indirect forces produced by movement of the head and trunk. Injuries are often caused by flexion, compression, hyperextension, hard rotation or sharing of the spinal cord.
Classification or designation of injury or lesion levels are incomplete complete spinal cord injuries resulting in either paraplegia or tetraplegia, often called quadriplegia. Tetraplegia are quadriplegia refers to spinal cord injuries that happen within the cervical region of C1 to C8.
- Complete Lesion or Complete Spinal Cord Injury: means that a victim has no sensory or motor function below the level of the lesion or injury. All function below the lesion or area of injury are lost. Complete lesions are normally caused by severing her transactions, severe compression or extensive vascular impairment to the spinal cord
- Incomplete Lesions or Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury: means that there is some preservation of some sensory function or motor function below the level of injury. Incomplete lesions make up the majority of spinal cord injuries.
The Psychological Effects of a Spinal Cord Injury
Our Hamilton lawyers normally meet spinal cord injury victims in the family of victims during their stages of grief. There are obvious psychological stages to the readjustment process after a spinal cord injury, as there is when somebody passes away unexpectedly.
Normally once discharged from a trauma unit to rehabilitation center, an interdisciplinary team would be assigned that would normally include your medical specialists, occupational therapists, a psychologist, social worker or other rehabilitation professionals. At this point it is not uncommon for many spinal cord injury victims to have extreme transitional difficulty, suffer disorientation, depression, anxiety, and sleep deprivation. The victim may have been intubated or ventilated and unable to communicate verbally. The transfer from acute care to rehabilitation is a very critical time for your interdisciplinary team to provide emotional support and establish a sensitive communication system.
Research studies have shown that typically, when a spinal cord injury victim is transferred into a rehabilitation unit, denial and repression become a normal – but a major psychological hurdle. Typically, as denial decreases over time, it’s often been found that anxiety and anger increase. There is no doubt that victims of spinal cord injury will need to adapt to psychosocial changes and emotional reactions such as:
- Lack of independence
- A loss of privacy
- The continuous uncertainty about the future
- Isolation, loneliness and withdrawal
- The lack of relationships
- The lack of sexual activity
- Medical complications
- Body image issues
- Psychological issues such as hopelessness and helplessness
- The overall change in physical health and functional ability
- Fear of loss of control
- Medical complications
It is important that victims of spinal cord injury develop optimal resilience and quality of life. There’s no doubt that a victim needs to incorporate ongoing psychological processes and psychosocial adjustment. Treatment should be funded for life – and if someone has caused your injury, our Hamilton Lawyers will help ensure that you are protected financially for the rest of your life.
Contact a Hamilton Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
There is no doubt that experiencing a SCI poses new life challenges that requires adaptation and resilience in order to cope and develop new ways of doing things, not only physically, socially and vocationally, but also emotionally.
Victims are often left grieving the loss of life before the injury and suffer secondary complications like chronic pain and infections, and restrictions on social and physical mobility. Despite this, you are not alone. Our Hamilton Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers have extensive experience in representing spinal cord injury victims. Our goal is to make life as comfortable and normal as possible for our spinal injury clients and their families for the rest of their lives. Feel free to fill out a contact form or call us at 905-333-8888 for a free no obligation consultation. We would be please to meet your family at the hospital, or at your rehabilitation unit.