Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer in Edmonton
Due to the snowy and icy winter weather in Edmonton, Alberta, there is a significant risk for slip and fall accidents that can lead to spinal cord injuries. Moreover, with these weather conditions as well as an increase in traffic and other vehicles on the roadways come the increased chance of serious collisions that can lead to a spinal cord injury or other injuries.
Spinal cord injuries are some of the most serious injuries that a person can suffer in an accident. When a person suffers a spinal cord injury, they may experience irreversible medical complications, such as full or partial paralysis. These conditions can impact the person for the remainder of their life. Moreover, if a person suffers a spinal cord injury in a motor vehicle collision or some other accident, they cannot always care for themselves and may require lifetime care. Consequently, they may need to rely on others, such as family members or staff at an assisted living facility or nursing home, for the care they need.
One of the primary concerns specific to a spinal cord injury is that medical providers and others may not know the full impact right away. Spinal cord injuries tend to progress slowly over time, and the full extent of the injury may not be apparent until long after it occurs.
If you or a person you care about has suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident that resulted from another person’s negligence, you have legal rights. Specifically, you might be eligible to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit that seeks damages for your injuries.
The skilled Edmonton and Alberta spinal cord injury lawyers at MNH Injury Lawyers have significant experience handling these complex personal injury claims. Our legal team will fight for your right to recover the compensation you need—not just for your out-of-pocket costs but also for your pain, suffering, your future care and your income loss and loss of earning capacity.
What Are the Different Categories of Spinal Cord Injuries?
Spinal cord injuries fall into several classifications. Some injuries directly affect the cervical spine, which refers to vertebrae C1 through C7. This is a sensitive area of the spinal cord, and an impact can result in full paralysis or partial paralysis for the accident victim. Likewise, a person who suffers a cervical spinal cord injury might lose one or more of their senses. To correct the condition, the accident victim might need to undergo surgery. Once the surgery is complete, they might need to attend occupational and physical therapy sessions to gain some functionality in the affected area.
Other spinal cord injuries impact the thoracic spine, which refers to vertebrae T1 through T12. As a result of a thoracic spinal cord injury, the accident victim may experience pain in the middle of their back. They can also feel pain in their abdominal muscles, chest, diaphragm, ribs, and lungs. They might have difficulty breathing. A serious thoracic spinal cord injury can lead to paralysis in the abdomen, legs, or lower back.
Lumbar spinal cord injuries typically occur when a person suffers an impact to their lower back, such as in a vehicle accident or slip and fall. When a person sustains a serious lumbar injury, they might not be able to move their legs or hips at all. They can also have trouble with their bowel or bladder functions and may need to rely on a wheelchair for transportation.
Finally, a sacral spinal cord injury is an injury to a person’s tailbone. A person who suffers one of these injuries might have difficulty controlling their pelvic organs, sexual functions, bowels, or bladder. These injuries typically happen when a person lands on a hard surface, such as concrete, in a slip and fall accident or from a serious motor vehicle accident.
If you suffered any of these injuries in an accident that resulted from negligence, the skilled Edmonton and Alberta spinal cord injury lawyers at MNH Injury Lawyers can prepare your claim while you focus on getting the treatment you need to recover from your spinal injury to the greatest extent possible.
What Accidents Can Cause a Spinal Cord Injury?
Many accidents can lead to spinal cord injuries. Those accidents include car and truck accidents, bicycle/motorcycle/scooter accidents, workplace accidents, and slip and falls.
Car and truck accidents— With a growing population, car crashes are becoming more and more common in Alberta in recent years. Motor vehicle accidents can happen when drivers violate various traffic laws, engage in distracted driving, or operate their vehicles while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The force of an impact can cause an accident victim’s body to strike something in the vehicle, such as the doorframe, headrest, or window, resulting in an injury to the neck, back, or spine. The impact may throw an accident victim’s body forward and backward forcefully, or it may eject the person from the vehicle, leading to a spinal cord or paralysis injury.
If your injury stemmed from a crash, our firm can apply all relevant laws to your case, including the Alberta Insurance Act, Alberta Standard Automobile Policy, Alberta Minor Injury Regulation (MIR), and Alberta accident benefits, called section B benefits.
Bicycle/motorcycle/scooter accidents—Bicycles, motorcycles, and scooters are dangerous vehicles, to begin with. Riders are out in the open and directly exposed to the area around them—with very little protection. Even when a rider wears a helmet, the vehicle still exposes the rest of their body to the ground. Moreover, helmets can crack in an accident, resulting in a serious head injury if the rider strikes the ground. Moreover, depending upon how the rider lands on the ground, they can suffer a serious spinal cord injury if they fall on their neck or back.
Slip and falls—Slip and fall accidents can occur in a public or private area, either outdoors or indoors. Outdoor slip and falls typically happen on snow or ice, while an indoor slip and fall can take place at a restaurant, market, or another location where food and drink spill onto the floor. When a person falls on a hard surface, they can land on their tailbone, increasing their chances of suffering a back or spinal cord injury. Property owners must be on the lookout for hazardous conditions on their premises. If they become aware of such a condition, they must either warn about it or correct it within a reasonable time. If the property owner or manager fails to do this, they can be responsible for any spinal cord injury that an accident victim suffers on their premises.
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury in any of these accidents, speak with a knowledgeable Edmonton and Alberta spinal cord injury lawyer as soon as possible. The skilled legal team at MNH Injury Lawyers is ready to help you with every aspect of your spinal cord injury claim. We file the claim on your behalf and work to get you the compensation that you deserve for your spinal cord injury.
Potential Damages in Spinal Cord Injury Cases
Spinal cord injuries can result in the need for significant medical care and treatment, often for many years into the future. A person who suffers a spinal cord injury in an accident that resulted from negligence may need to undergo one or more surgeries, such as a spinal fusion, to get back to their pre-accident state. With paralysis, the accident victim’s condition might stay with them for the rest of their lives.
Assuming that an accident victim can satisfy all of the legal elements of their spinal cord injury claim, they will likely recover various damages. The damages that an injured accident victim can recover will depend on many factors.
One of the most important factors is the extent of the spinal cord injury the person suffered. In cases where an accident victim suffers a lifelong, debilitating injury, their damages will likely be greater than if they suffered a soft tissue injury only.
Another determining factor is the type and extent of the medical treatment you received. Surgeries and other medical procedures can be extremely invasive, and if you must undergo these procedures—either in the past or future—the total damage award may reflect that.
If a spinal injury victim had to miss time from work because of their spinal cord injury, they can make a lost wage claim. Victims of accidents who suffer permanent spinal cord damage may not work at all in the future, or they might have to switch to a profession with less pay. When that happens, the accident victim might be eligible to file a claim for loss of earning capacity.
Accident victims who suffer spinal cord injuries can also pursue noneconomic damages. An insurance company or jury cannot calculate the value of these damages in exact dollars and cents. Intangible factors, such as pain, suffering, and inconvenience, determine non-economic damages. Moreover, if the accident victim suffers a permanent spinal cord injury, such as full or partial paralysis, they might pursue a loss of use claim for their injuries. In addition, if their permanent spinal cord injury impacted their ability to enjoy life and take part in once-enjoyed activities, they might recover compensation for that loss as well.
Finally, victims of spinal cord injuries might bring a claim for loss of spousal companionship or family support, depending upon the circumstances of their injuries.
If you suffered a spinal cord injury because of another person’s carelessness or negligence, the tangible and intangible losses you have suffered are legally compensable. The knowledgeable Edmonton and Alberta spinal cord injury lawyers at MNH Injury Lawyers will passionately advocate for your legal interests both inside and outside of the courtroom. If the insurance company for the at-fault party won’t offer you the compensation that you deserve for your spinal cord injuries, our legal team can litigate your case to obtain a favorable conclusion in court.
Talk With a Knowledgeable Edmonton Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer About Your Options Today
If you have suffered a serious spinal cord injury in an accident that was not your fault, the experienced and compassionate legal team at MNH Injury Lawyers is ready and willing to help you pursue the compensation you need. For a free legal consultation and case evaluation with a skilled spinal cord injury lawyer in Edmonton and Alberta, please call us today or contact us online for more information. We are ready to stand up for your rights under Alberta law following your life-changing injury.
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