Jan 16, 2019
Car accidents often change the lives of the people involved. Catastrophic injuries can occur in the blink of an eye, and victims then have to cope with the emotional and financial consequences. Spinal cord injuries are the subject of many personal injury lawsuits that are litigated in the Ontario civil justice system.
The sensation, strength and certain body functions below the site of a spinal cord injury can be affected. Complete spinal cord injuries refer to the loss of all motor and sensory function below the injury site, and incomplete injuries apply to cases in which some degree of feeling and mobility remain. Spinal cord injuries can cause different types of paralysis, including quadriplegia or tetraplegia, which affects the victim's trunk, hands, arms, pelvic organs and legs. Paraplegia refers to complete or partial paralysis to the limbs, pelvic organs and trunk.
Reportedly, a substantial portion of reported spinal cord injuries occur due to automobile and motorcycle crashes. Authorities say alcohol played a role one in every four reported spinal cord injuries. Falls and recreational or sports activities cause a significant number of these injuries, and assaults or other acts of violence are sometimes to blame. Certain diseases can also lead to spinal cord damage.
Victims of spinal cord injuries that cause paralysis have to adjust their entire lifestyles and redesign their homes to accommodate wheelchairs and other aids. Along with the medical expenses, ongoing therapy and, in some cases, loss of earning potential, the emotional consequences are often overwhelming. Fortunately, the Ontario civil justice system allows victims of the negligence of others to pursue claims for financial relief. An experienced personal injury lawyer can provide the necessary support and guidance throughout legal proceedings in pursuit of past and future losses.