Ottawa Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Catastrophic injury lawyers…
Spinal Cord Injury Treatment
Spinal cord injuries can be traumatic and frightening experiences to injury victims and their families. Often times, if you have suffered a spinal cord injury, you may experience physical injuries such as pain, discomfort, sensitivity, and related symptoms, while fear, anger, and an experience of loss and insecurity can also be common. It is important to address these matters.
Alongside these considerations, spinal cord injuries also require the serious and careful attention of a qualified and competent lawyer who specializes in the complex and constantly evolving science and law that surrounds spinal cord injuries in Canada. I have several clients with a spinal cord injuries and I understand how this is an incredibly difficult time for you, your family and your friends.
Here is some information for you to consider as you learn more about spinal cord injuries, which generally fall into two stages, known as (1) the Primary Stage and (2) the Secondary Stage of a spinal cord injury.
The primary spinal injury stage includes an initial physical trauma to the spine. This may occur if there is a very bad fall, motor vehicle accident (Car, Truck, snowmobile) and any other such kind of traumatic incident (Snowboarding, ski accident, soccer, etc).
The primary injury can be the result of a neurological injury or spinal cord injury due to: (1) Physical compression of the spinal cord/nerves: This may occurs secondary to injury to the bone, disc, and or ligament. If compressed, the tissues narrow down the spinal canal or sometimes also change in alignment. Consequently, nerves are “squeezed” and injured. (2) Stretch of the tissues: The spinal cord is extremely sensitive and can be injured in a subtle yet severe manner, even by the most ostensibility minor trauma attributed to it directly. (3) Blood supply mutilation: secondary to an injury, the inner blood network (tiny blood vessels) can be destroyed suddenly, causing immediate and dangerous hemorrhage into the spinal cord.
Spinal cord injuries are typically diagnosed with an MRI scan just after trauma. This will better inform the decision of the doctor on how to proceed, and your lawyer, and most importantly yourself on your goals and wishes. Because at the end of the day, it’s about what you most want and need. Health is not just the absence of disease, but so much more. You want to be healthy, and back to functioning at a high level.
So far we have discussed the primary stage. What many people do not realize is that nature of the secondary injury stage, where many of the effects of the primary injury or trauma finally become clear, such as pain, tension, emotional/psychological considerations, and so on. There is no fixed time for the occurrence of secondary injury. It may occur within seconds, hours, days, and even weeks. Physiologically, the body releases certain chemicals in response to trauma. As such, these reactions in your body can cause inflammation, and reduce spinal cord blood flow. Such conditions can kill the cells in your body.
As a goal of spinal cord injury treatment, your doctor, your lawyer, and you can work together in considering the best way to:
a. decrease inflammation
b. reduce cell degradation and death
c. increase blood flow where needed
d. reduce likelihood of scar formation
The science and law behind spinal cord injuries is complex and can be a challenge for someone that is finding themselves in this situation for the first time. I respect and admire you for taking the step towards learning and recovery.
If you need more information on spinal cord injuries, or have suffered a spinal cord injury, or simply want to speak with a personal injury lawyer in the Ottawa area regarding a spinal cord injury, please visit www.ottawainjury.ca or call; 613-978-9549. You are under no obligation and I would be happy to help in anyway I can by offering you some of the resources that have helped my clients or simply listening and finding out how I can help.
-Take care and be safe out there !
David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer