Serious accidents, slip and falls, work incidents, medical negligence, and sports injuries are among the leading causes of spinal cord injuries in Midland. Many of these injuries can be attributed to negligence. If you are suffering from a spinal cord injury caused by another person’s careless or reckless wrongdoing, you may be owed financial damages.
You should consult with a Midland spinal cord injury lawyer to learn more about your legal options. When your or your loved one’s spinal damage is caused by someone else’s negligence, a catastrophic injury lawyer from our firm could help collect the evidence needed to build a strong claim and seek the maximum compensation for your losses.
Spinal cord injuries in our area are categorized as either complete or incomplete. With a complete spinal cord injury, the victim suffers total functional impairment and loss of feeling below the affected area. However, a person with an incomplete injury can still feel or use the limbs below the site of damage on the spinal cord.
The precise point on the spine that sustains damage is the most significant determinant of impairment. For example, injuries to the cervical spine typically result in the gravest impairment. Damage to the C1 through C4 vertebrae can result in respiratory impairment, loss of control over bodily functions, and paralysis in all four extremities and the torso.
Another common type of spinal injury is to the thoracic vertebrae. A person who suffers damage to the thoracic nerves may suffer paraplegia, which is paralysis from the waist down. Lumbar spinal cord injuries can impact your control over bodily functions and cause paraplegia.
Injuries to the sacral vertebrae are among the least severe spinal cord injuries but can still affect your ability to walk normally or manage bodily functions. In addition to the injury itself, damage to the spinal cord can bring several other physical challenges, including sexual dysfunction, muscle spasms, and breathing difficulties.
After you or a loved one suffers a spinal cord injury, you may be unsure about whether you should retain legal representation. A Midland lawyer could be an invaluable ally to you from the first day of your spinal cord injury case, helping you gather the facts and evidence needed to support your claim while advocating for sufficient compensation for your losses.
When it comes to negotiating with an insurance company for fair compensation, injured victims may find themselves treated unfavorably, as the adjuster’s goal is to reduce any impact on the coverage provider’s net revenue. One of our elite trial lawyers could help ensure that the extent of your injuries and damages are properly documented and claimed from the insurer.
Even when you are dealing with your own insurance company, you may find that the adjuster tries to reduce the benefits payout. A local lawyer can help ensure that all required forms are completed and submitted to the victim’s insurer with supporting evidence and fight for the full amount owed to the claimant.
Damage to the spine can cause significant pain and suffering, resulting in astounding medical expenses and the need for ongoing care. The complications that may arise from a spinal cord injury can further impact a person’s quality of life and can even be fatal.
Spinal cord injury victims in Midland may therefore be entitled to an array of damages, including:
Another potential benefit available to individuals suffering from spinal cord injuries is through the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule, also known as SABS. SABS benefits are included in all auto insurance policies in Ontario. While a person can recover SABS compensation regardless of whether someone’s negligence contributed to their vertebrae damage, it is best to enlist the help of a seasoned legal professional when handling these claims.
If you need help filing a claim for benefits and compensation, a Midland spinal cord injury lawyer may be able to assist you. A lawyer at Rastin Law could assess your potential claim and what options may be available to pursue a civil case. Contact our office today to arrange your introductory consultation with a Midland lawyer.