Accidents that result in spinal cord injury are life-altering, devastating and can have a serious impact on all aspects of the victim’s and the family’s lives.
Such injuries can happen among other things, due to motor-vehicle collisions or slip and fall accidents.
The consequences can be calamitous in terms of the enormous physical, financial and emotional burdens that accompany such situations.
Tragically, statistics prove that most accidents are avoidable and preventable. They occur most often due to someone’s fault or negligence. Under civil laws, the injured are entitled to seek compensation from those responsible for the accident that caused such injuries.
If you or a dear one has sustained spinal cord injury, consult an experienced Toronto personal injury lawyer with expertise and knowledge in this medico-legal area. You may be entitled to compensation.
What Is Spinal Cord Injury?
Injuries to the spinal cord result in this superhighway being damaged or shut down. Neural messages fail to pass through and are blocked, resulting in loss of sensation/mobility at the level below the location of the injury. If the spinal cord is not completely severed, some signals may pass through and provide a certain amount of sensation/mobility below the level of injury.
Location and amount of damage determine the areas of the body that experience loss of sensation/mobility.
Nearly 33,000 people live with SCI in Ontario today. It takes between 2-3 years for the victim to achieve optimal independence.
What Are The Costs of SCI?
These costs include the direct and indirect costs that are imposed on the individual, the family, career and society. Direct costs refer to the injury-related expenditure borne by the individual, caregivers and the health-care system, while indirect costs refer to the value of potential losses as a result of work that the victim would have performed, arising out of inability, morbidity or mortality.
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