HAMILTON SPINAL CORD INJURY LAWYER

Specializing in Spinal Cord Injury Law since 2003

If you or a loved one has suffered a Spinal Cord Injury, we will fight protect your future, your wage losses and ensure you are taken care of - for life.

Millions Recovered for Spinal Cord Injury Victims in Ontario and Canada.

As spinal cord injury experts – thre are things we can do, and things that we admittedly cannot do. If you’ve been hurt by someone else, we can hold that negligent party resposible. Our Hamilton spinal cord ijury lawyers can recover compensation which will protect your financial future and your future costs of care for the remainder of your life. We can ensure that from a financial perspective, you live a decent, comfortable life, with enough money to fun reliable and responsible care, asssitive devices, personal care items, vehicle and housing costs. What we can’t do is turn back the clock, or give you your former life back, nor can we feel what you feel inside. We can understand the far reaching consequences of a spinal cord injury and the many adjustments that will be required both physically and psychologically in order to adapt to it’s devastating condition, but we cannot fell what you feel. We can however, be there for you 24/7 and do our absolute best to make things right and protect your future or the future of your loved ones. As a leading Hamilton personal injury law firm in Ontario, we have witnessed the devastating effects of spinal cord injuries.Since 2003, Matt Lalande has been representing spinal cord injury victims recover the compensation they need to readjust to life following an unexpected accident.  If you are reading this you are probably well aware that a spinal cord injury is essentially severe damage to a person’s spinal cord which results in a loss of function below the level of the injury or lesion, including paralysis and/or sensory loss. The injury could be complete, meaning that there is no level of function at all below that area of injury, no sensation or voluntary movement Spinal Cord injury can also be an incomplete injury, meaning that there is some type of function below the primary level of injury. A person may be able to move or feel, or have more functioning on one side of the body than the other. Injuries that are higher up on the spinal cord, such as C1-C4 can unfortunately result in a loss of many involuntary functions such as the ability to breath. Spinal cord injuries can be caused by clinical issues including pathologic fractures, tumors on the spine, infections and congenital spine issues – however,  most spinal cord injuries are traumatic in natures, meaning that an injury to the spinal cord was caused in an accident, motorcycle accident, car or truck accident, a diving accident etc.

Our Law Firm can Help your Discharge Back Home

For patients with a spinal cord injury, there is no doubt that a successful discharge from the Regional Rehabilitation Center relies on a smooth transition home. Many patients with spinal cord injuries remain with limited functional outcomes after rehabilitation, and readiness for discharge from rehabilitation is often difficult to assess. Lalande Personal Injury Lawyers works with local and experienced occupational therapists to assist with all aspects of discharge from the Regional Rehab Center. Our experts will ensure to make appropriate recommendations, as well as ensure that your individual needs are itemized and provided for. We will also assist with the coordination, hiring and payment of your home renovations for accommodation, vehicle and transportation, attendant care providers, your physical therapy, your psychological counselling, neuropsychology needs, developmental psychology, audiology, assistive technology, nutrition, behavioral psychology, recreational therapy, speech therapy, vocational rehabilitation, or other accommodation or areas of assistance that you may require.
When you approach our firm, we’ll treat you just how we’d treat our own family members, with honest, experienced legal council, and always your best interest at the forefront.

What are some Different types of Spinal Cord Injuries?

Spinal Cord Injuries can be divided into several types of injury, including comeplete, incomplete, traumatic and non-traumatic spinal cord injuries.

What are some Causes of a Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury?

Traumatic spinal cord injuries, which normally happens with sudden traumatic impact on the spine that fractures or dislocates vertebrae. Traumatic spinal cord injuries are life changing neurological conditions which are often caused by serious car accidents, falls, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, trucking accidents, bicycle accidents and diving accidents.

What are some Different Kinds of Spinal Cord Injury Syndromes?

Spinal Cord Injuries are often grouped by their clinical presentation into 6 syndromes – central cord syndrome (CCS), Brown-Sequard syndrome (BSS), anterior cord syndrome (ACS), posterior cord syndrome (PCS), conus medullaris syndrome (CMS), and cauda equina syndrome (CES):

Other Common Spinal Cord Injury Concerns

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The Lifetime Costs of a Spinal Cord Injury Victims can cost Millions.  We will fight for every penny.

If you or your loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, we can help. We are a team of local spinal cord injury experts that will fight for you to ensure that you recover the compensation you deserve to ensure that you are financially secure, for life.  If you suffered from paralysis in an accident, you or your loved one will more likely than not need millions of dollars to properly fund your permanent care, modifications to your home and your long-term rehabilitation costs. Our Hamilton spinal cord injury lawyers will fight for every last penny.

Information on the costs of spinal cord injury victim care beyond the acute and initial post-acute phase is sparse except what is available from third party websites – and our own experts that we work with. From our experience as spinal injury lawyers in Hamilton, the average yearly health care costs and expenses do vary quite significantly depending on the severity of injury. The first year post-acute phase is always more expensive, particularly for high quadriplegia (C1-C4). Incomplete motor functional spinal cord injuries are not as costly as complete spinal cord injuries, but are still very expensive. The recurring annual health care costs of patients with spinal cord injuries is always well below the post-acute phase, but nonetheless quite expensive. Our spinal injury lawyers in Hamilton work closely with professional life-care planners and occupational therapists and always rely on a multidisciplinary approach to case analysis and comprehensive life-care plan development. It is important that spinal cord injury victims ‘ current and future needs and associated costs are best estimated early on, so that settlement with the at-fault party could be fully maximized – and your loved one can be financially protected. A comprehensive long-term life care plan of a spinal cord injury victim should always maintain a common goal: to improve and maintain the clinical state of the spinal cord injury victim.   To do so, various items and services must be costed for the life of your loved one, by our Hamilton spinal injury lawyers, including such items as, but certainly not limited to:
  • Long-term rehabilitation
  • Psychological care – ongoing or for life
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Vocational Therapy
  • Adapted driver Therapy
  • Vehicle modifications or purchase
  • Family Education and Family counselling
  • Accessible Home and House Modifications
  • Long Term Physical Therapy
  • Wheelchairs and replacement
  • Power wheelchair and replacement, batteries, etc.
  • Roll-in shower wheelchair and replacement ect.
  • Battery chargers, wheelchair cushions and covers
  • Transfer equipment like boards, lifts and slings
  • Hand and elbow orthotics

We hold Negligent Parties Responsible for your Unexpected Life Changes.

If your spinal cord injuries were caused by the negligence of a third party, such as another motorist or a property owner, then you have the right to pursue a legal claim against that person or his or her insurance company. No one should have to endure the terrifying and devastating consequences when such an injury has occurred through no fault of their own. Our spinal injury lawyers in Hamilton can help. The burdens of a spinal cord injury may involve vast financial outlay necessary for medical or personal care, lost income or earning capacity, serious psychological distress, pain and suffering, and loss of amenities. This economic burden of a tSCI can wreck family finances and place an undue strain on all loving caregivers and family members with life long direct and indirect costs, which can range anywhere from $1,578,000 to $4,724,181 depending on the severity of the injury – as the higher in the spinal column the spinal cord injury occurs, the more neurological dysfunction a person will experience.

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How do we Calculate how much Money you will Need to Live Comfortably?

Significant costs are incurred throughout the life of a person with Spinal Cord Injury, including initial hospitalization and acute rehabilitation, home and vehicle modifications, and recurring costs for durable medical equipment, medications, supplies, and personal assistance.Our Hamilton Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers typically call upon life care planners as experts in long-term disability management and accounting valuation to help specify how you have been impacted and represent that impact in monetary terms. Your life care planners will then objectively evaluate the current and your future needs of resulting from the onset of your spinal cord injury, and then clearly communicate the nature of your injury residual functional limitations, psycho-social and vocational impact of the resulting disability, and expected outcomes over his your life expectancy. In short, our Hamilton spinal cord injury lawyers will calculate to the dollar what your future needs will cost – ranging from wheelchair costs and repairs to psychological care, to nutritional assistance. We will fight for every last penny to protect you and the future of your family.

Can our Home be Renovated to accomodate me?

Yes, if you suffer a spinal cord injury your home can be modified to accommodate your disability. Proper submission to your accident benefits is required. Recovery can also be made our of the defendant’s insurance limits. We understand that home and vehicle modifications can be expensive and are important for community reintegration. The most common modifications were building ramps, widening doors, and remodeling bathrooms or other rooms in the house. Most victims with a spinal cord injury with acute SCI are discharged to home, housing accessibility is vital to successful discharge planning and social reintegration. Our lawyer will work with you and your family to ensure that your return home is as comfortable as possible.

How do I hire a Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer?

Traumatic spinal cord injuries are devastating life changing injuries which have profound impact on a victim’s physical and psychosocial well-being. Psychologically, a spinal cord injury is possibly the most disruptive and traumatic event that can occur in anyone’s life.  Experiencing a SCI poses a massive challenge which requires adaptation and resilience to cope in order to develop strengths and discover new ways of doing things, not only physically, socially and vocationally, but also emotionally. Most spinal cord injury victims will develop severe negative emotions in response to the injury which could threaten both psychological and social integration.  Traumatic spinal cord injury victims may suffer quadriplegia or paraplegia depending on the level of injury affecting the functioning of limbs, trunk, pelvic organs, bladder and bowel, as well as sexual function. This loss of function leads to significant changes in life of the affected individual making routine vocational, social, sexual and recreational activities impossible. Although some individuals do recover partial capacity to perform certain activities of daily living through rehabilitation, many activities are permanently altered – and life is changed forever, in an instant.  These injuries, combined, can result in various levels of paralysis, leaving a spinal cord injury victim in need of lifelong treatment. If you were injured by the fault of another person or company, it is critical to pursue financial compensation to assist with your expected lifelong needs. The lifetime of care that you will require can cost millions of dollars, placing extreme financial burdens on you and your loved ones.  It is crucial that you hire an experienced Hamilton spinal cord injury lawyer who will put together a team of occupational therapists and life care planners to determine and project your lifelong requirements and ensure that what you need to assist you for life, is paid to you by the insurance company of person or company that hurt you.  Our Hamilton spinal cord injury lawyers will hire the best team of experts who will advocate for your protection and well being and ensure that from the start, a comprehensive life care assessment is created to provide an organized, concise plan for your current and future needs, with associated costs.

How our Hamilton Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers can help you and your family, from start to finish.

Spinal cord injuries are debilitating and lifelong injuries that have serious impacts on the injured person and his or her family. Not only does a person have to deal with the dramatic changes in his or her life, from a physical and psychological perspective, but also with significant costs that will be incurred throughout his or her life, such as costs dealing with acute rehabilitation, home and vehicle modifications and recurring costs for various medical requirements such as equipment, supplies, medication and personal assistance. If you do not have an experienced spinal cord injury lawyer to advocate for you, the insurance companies involved, either your own insurance company or that of the at-fault driver (or both) will hire their preferred providers right from the start – when in fact you have the absolute right to retain your own medical and health advocates to assist with your community reintegration and who will be by your side and advocate for you for many, many years.

Our Hamilton Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers work with some of Hamilton’s best providers.

Our spinal cord injury lawyers and Hamilton are experienced and work with some of Hamilton’s best occupational therapists, case managers and life care planners that could assist you not only presently, but for the remainder of your life. Our experts will ensure, under our instruction, that you are provided with the most and absolute best requirements that both you and your family need. Over 80% spinal cord injury victims are discharged home at one point or another and it’s important that you have your home modified and comfortable for your needs and requirements. For example, often times spinal cord injury victims will often require homes to undergo the widening of doors, the installation of ramps and the remodeling of bathrooms. If this isn’t possible, then perhaps a new home will be needed to accommodate you. All of this is vital to successful discharge planning is social reintegration. Vehicle modifications depending or attended driving is an expensive costs depending on the modifications needed in the type of vehicle be modified. Our Hamilton spinal cord injury lawyers ensure that all projected evaluations of cost needed by you over your life expectancy are taken into consideration. We will ensure that your long-term needs are identified and associated costs are compiled, documented and provide a solid basis for calculating your economic damages. Evaluations that we will look at may include, (but are not limited to)such things as  –
  • physiotherapy
  • psychological therapy
  • wheelchair cost and replacement
  • recreational therapy assistance
  • rehabilitation therapy
  • nutritional therapy
  • orthotics
  • power bed
  • portable ramps
  • speech therapy and vocational rehabilitation
  • family counselling and education
  • career guidance and counselling
  • supplies for ADLs
  • supplies for bowel and bladder
  • skin supplies
  • routine pharmaceuticals, and much more

Besides my necessities of daily living, what about my work? What about my Wage Losses?

Many quadriplegics and paraplegics lead full, busy lives including working full- or part-time. Many advances in bladder management after a spinal cord injury have been made in recent years which allow an SCI victim to return to a full and productive work lives. For others, however, returning to work after a spinal cord injury involves many challenges.Unemployment remains a prevalent and serious problem for persons with SCI, which is especially disturbing in light of evidence that vocational outcomes affect both quality of life and longevity. Returning to work can be a challenge and if you are unable to resume work (no matter if you are a tradesman or a surgeon), you will need to hire the experience of a spinal cord injury lawyer and Hamilton to assist in quantifying your wage loss is presently and into the future, until your anticipated and statistical retirement age. For many people the suffered a spinal cord injury, the inability to work often means becoming unable to support themselves, or their family and can lead to a major decline in socioeconomic status. Our Hamilton spinal cord injury lawyers will ensure that you are protected financially, we forecast your appropriate lost earning data based in your pre-injury career path and ensure that you are paid the economic compensation that you deserve. In short, if you cannot return to work or start the career path that you had planned, we will seek your lost wages, until your projected date of retirement.

Pain and Suffering Compensation for Spinal Cord injury victims is an absolute.

There’s no doubt that many spinal cord injury victims that suffered damage to the spinal cord and central nervous system often suffer from excruciating, unrelenting chronic pain that in the large part, is resistant to treatment. Spinal cord injury is devastating and leads to catastrophic consequences such as the inability to move, walk, loss of sexual function, diminished ability to control bladder or bowel function in the development of debilitating pain. Studies have shown that the prevail in some pain is alarmingly high – up to 60 to 80% of spinal cord injury victims experience pain with at least a third of the patients reporting severe pain.  Our Hamilton spinal cord injury lawyers will ensure that you are compensated fully for your pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and loss of amenities – presently and into the future.

Matt Lalande has helped spinal cord injury victims in Ontario since 2003, and it’s quite easy to get a hold of us.

Since 2003 Matt Lalande has been representing spinal cord injury victims that have suffered complete or incomplete paraplegia or quadriplegia.  Our firm is experienced and familiar with catastrophic spinal cord injury claims and can ensure that both your own insurance company and the insurance company at-fault provide you with the compensation you deserve. We will make sure that your future needs are fully projected in order to provide you economic security. While money can never replace the pain, suffering and loss caused by your loved one’s spinal injury, it can certainly ease the financial burden of present and future medical costs and other damages associated with the loss of spine function or the pain of spinal injury related conditions. If you have any questions, call us today at 905-333-8888 and we would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, you may contact us online, confidentially, by filling out a contact form or having your social worker or nurse practitioner reach out to us on your behalf if you are unable to do do.  We will get back to you within 24 hours.

Tell us about your case, confidentially.

If you or your loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury you will no doubt have many, many questions.  Our Hamilton spinal cord injury lawyers understand that severe emotional reactions following an SCI and difficulty of turning one’s mind to psychological adjustment and the re-establishment of life routines. The important thing is that the rehabilitation and life-long management of spinal cord injury related requirements are tremendously expensive. If your or your loved one’s SCI has been caused by the negligence of another person or entity it’s important that you speak to a Hamilton spinal cord injury lawyer as soon as possible to learn why it is important to get the insurance process started immediately – with a team on your side, not one appointed by the insurance company. Contact us for a free, no obligation consultation. We have been practicing spinal cord injury law since 2003, and are experts in the field. SCI leads to serious disability in car accident victims resulting in the loss of work, which brings psychosocial and economic problems. The treatment and rehabilitation period is long, expensive and exhausting in SCI. Whether complete or incomplete, SCI rehabilitation is a long and expensive process that requires patience and motivation of the patient and relatives. Our Hamilton Spinal Injury Lawyers specialize in representing victims of traumatic spinal cord injury and we represent victims province wide. If you are attending the Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program at the Regional Rehabilitation Centre in Hamilton, or at Sunnybrook, St-Michael’s, St-Johns, Toronto Rehab, St-Joseph’s Health Care and wish to speak to a lawyer about your rights, please contact out Spinal Injury Lawyers by chatting with our live operator, by calling us at 905-333-8888 or by filling in a contact form. If you indicate that you have questions about a spinal cord injury, a lawyer will call you back within one hour, if not immediately. Our consultations are free, and without obligation. Our Spinal Injury Lawyers in Hamilton will never ask you for money upfront.

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Spinal Cord Injuries can be divided into several types of injury, including comeplete, incomplete, traumatic and non-traumatic spinal cord injuries.

The nervous system is the electrical system of the body, carrying messages that control most, if not all, information about bodily functions. The nervous system is divided into three major divisions, based on the location of the nerves as follows: Central nervous system—the brain and spinal cord Peripheral nervous system—the peripheral or spinal nerves Autonomic nervous system—sympathetic nervous system and parasympathetic nervous system

The spinal cord is a soft, rope-like structure that is made up of millions of nerves. It runs from the base of the brain to the lower part of the back. Its purpose is to carry information between the brain and, by way of the peripheral nerves, to other parts of the body, such as the arms, legs, and all of the organs in the body. Some of the nerves in the spinal cord send messages telling a particular body part to move in a certain way.

 

The spinal cord is surrounded and protected by 29 vertebrae—the small back bones that make up the spinal column. The vertebrae are stacked one on top of another and each has a hole, creating a canal through which the spinal cord passes. The vertebrae are cushioned from one another by spongy material called disks. Ligaments (very tough and strong ropes) hold the vertebrae in the proper alignment.

The spinal cord emerges from the base of the skull and ends at the lower part of the back.

The sections of the spine are:

The cervical or neck section (C1 to C8), which includes 8 nerves and 7 vertebrae in the neck area. The thoracic or chest section (T1 to T12), which includes 12 nerves and 12 vertebrae in the chest and abdomen (belly) area. The lumbar or low back section (L1 to L5), which includes 5 nerves and 5 vertebrae in the lower back. The spinal cord ends at the L2 level. Beyond this point, a collection of many nerves form the cauda equina, or “horse’s tail,” which is just what the bundle of nerves looks like. The sacral section (S1 to S5) includes the lowest nerves exiting the spinal cord in the pelvic area (area of the buttocks). The sacrum is actually several vertebral bones that are fused, or attached, to form one large bone with 5 nerves emerging from holes in each side of the bone.

 

 

When an injury to the back or neck causes a vertebra to break or a ligament to tear, the backbone can pinch the spinal cord. This pinching or pressure may cause bruising, swelling, or bleeding of the spinal cord.   This type of injury to the spinal cord may temporarily or permanently impair some or all of the communication between the brain and various parts of the body.  Then, the ability of the nervous system to send and receive messages back and forth between the brain and your arms, legs, bowel, bladder, and other body organs is lost to some degree. In turn, the ability to move, feel, and control involuntary (autonomic) body functions can be impaired.

 

 

Tetraplegia (formerly called quadriplegia) refers to an injury to the cervical (neck) section of the spinal cord. It can involve either partial or complete loss of movement and/or feeling in the head, neck, shoulders, upper chest, arms, and legs. Paraplegia refers to an injury in the thoracic, lumbar, or sacral sections of the spinal cord. It can involve either partial or complete loss of movement or feeling in the chest, stomach, hips, legs, and feet. Tetraplegia is slightly more common than paraplegia.

 

A complete injury is one that results in no voluntary movement and no measurable feeling below the level of injury.

 

An incomplete spinal cord injury is one in which there is some measurable feeling and/or voluntary movement below the level of the injury.

 

If your spinal cord injury was caused by the negligence of another person, there’s absolutely no doubt you need to speak to a qualified spinal cord injury lawyer. Our Hamilton Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers can assist with the pointing the right experts right away, assisting with your discharge home, ensuring all of the insurance benefits owing to you are put in place, assisting with home modifications, transportation, occupational therapy and putting a plan in motion to assist with making sure you return home safely and comfortably, without financial worry.

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