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Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers in Hamilton

If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury that has been caused by a negligent person or company, there is no doubt that you will need a spinal injury lawyer that has the experience, expertise and connections with the appropriate medical and life care planning people to help get life back on track and financed properly.

Our Hamilton spinal injury lawyers are well experienced with the painful devastation caused by a spinal cord injury. Even more important, we understand that a spinal cord injury is a high cost condition that is associated with great disability that required life long physical and psychological assistance, and we can help with this funding if your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence.

Discharge from the Hamilton Health Sciences Regional Rehabilitation Center

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 & Company 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.

If your loved one suffered a spinal cord injury, you need to consider the cost of long term care.

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.  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.

Spinal Cord Injury Victims and Financial Protection for Life

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 evalution, therapy and the cost of vehicle modifications or purchase
  • Family Education and Family counselling
  • Accessible Home and House Modifications
  • Long Term Physical Therapy
  • Assistive Devices such as manual wheelchairs and replacement, power wheelchair and replacement, batteries, roll-in shower wheelchair and replacement ect.
  • Battery chargers, wheelchair cushions and covers
  • Transfer boards and other transfer equipment, lifts and slings
  • Hand and elbow orthotics.

The Economic Burden of a Spinal Cord Injury in Canada – and why your loved one needs protection.

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.

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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 ect

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[1] 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.

Our Hamilton spinal injury lawyers help victims Province-wide

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.

[1] National Spinal Cord Injury Statistic Centre

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