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Spinal cord injury

Spinal Cord Injuries

What Is an SCI?
A spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage sustained to all or part of the spinal cord, or to the nerves at the end of the spinal canal. SCIs can affect sensations, strength, motor ability and among other bodily functions. SCIs may either be complete, or incomplete, with a complete SCI indicating total paralysis. Incomplete SCIs affect bodily functions without causing complete immobility, but can still drastically hinder the quality of life.

Causes of SCIs
SCIs can be caused by external trauma to the spine or by disease. The following is a non-exhaustive list of possible causes of SCIs:

Traumatic:
  • motor vehicle accidents
  • slipping, tripping and falling
  • playing contact sports
  • violence/assault

Non-traumatic:
  • cancer
  • arthritis
  • infection
  • degenerative disc disease

Prevalence in Canada
Various sources estimate that there are between 1,500 and 4,000 new cases of spinal cord injury in Canada each year. Of these, close to half are caused by trauma to the spine. In Canada, motor vehicle accidents and falls appear to be the leading cause of spinal injuries. See http://www.sciontario.org/faq/introduction/fast-facts for more information on spinal cord injuries in Canada.

How a Lawyer May Help If You Have Sustained an SCI

A lawyer practicing in personal injury law will be able to help assess whether your spinal cord injury has been caused, in whole or in part, by the negligence of another person or company.

For example, if you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, the lawyer may be able to help you maximize any accident benefits available to you pursuant to your policy, and will be able to help you prosecute an action in negligence against a driver who is at fault, where an injury is of sufficient severity.

Personal injury lawyers have a strong understanding of motor vehicle insurance laws, availability of accident benefits under the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS), and can help assess whether there is a genuine case of negligence against another driver.

Similarly, if you have sustained an SCI as a result of a slip, trip or fall, a lawyer may help in determining whether there was a genuine hazard that caused the fall, assessing who was responsibility for ensuring that the area was safe and hazard-free, and accessing the appropriate insurance via a claim in negligence.

A personal injury lawyer in Sarnia or Petrolia may be able to assist significantly if your Spinal Cord Injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, at least in part. At Bildfell Law, we will listen carefully and empathetically to you, assess your situation legally, and answer any questions you may have about your legal case. To arrange for your free consultation, call us today at 519-339-0440.