Ottawa Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth
Some of my most severe personal injury cases are where someone has been involved in an accident which has resulted in a spinal cord injury. Not only has their life completely changed; so has their families. Every person who suffers a spinal cord injury faces different challenges. Some have excellent family support; while others are alone. Some have insurance coverage; while others have none. A spinal cord injury can be devastating and life-altering. It’s important to completely understand your spinal cord injury and ensure that you are adequately provided for throughout your rehabilitation and throughout the rest of your life moving forward.
Types of spinal cord injuries.
Any spinal cord injury can occur anywhere along one’s spinal cord. Typically a spinal cord injury is the result of damage to spinal cord cells. This damage causes a loss of communication between the brain and the parts of the body below the injured area. In other words, the higher the injury along the spinal cord, there is a higher chance of having problems with the injury. Often times, there is a loss of movement and sensation in body parts.
Paraplegia is often the result of an injury at the thoracic level of the spinal cord. It often results in loss of sensation and paralysis in one’s lower body and legs.
Quadriplegia is often the result of an injury to the cervical area of the spinal cord. It also may result in loss of sensation and paralysis in both the arms and the legs or it can also result in sensation loss in all areas below the neckline.
Spinal cord injuries are divided into 2 types of spinal cord injuries: complete spinal cord injuries and incomplete spinal cord injuries. It is possible that a spinal cord injury classification change during the recovery process.
Complete Spinal Cord Injuries.
Typically a loss of sensation and motor ability is associated with a complete spinal cord injury caused by bruising, loss of blood to the spinal cord, severe pressure to the spinal cord, or cuts and severed spinal cords. Typically a complete spinal cord injury results in a total loss of sensation and movement below the spinal injury site.
Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury:
An incomplete spinal cord injury does not always result in complete loss of movement and sensation below the injury site.
Most common causes of spinal cord injury:
Auto and motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of most spinal cord injuries. Car accidents cause up to 40% of new spinal cord injuries every year.
Slip and Fall Accidents:
Spinal cord injury after the age of 65 are most often caused by a slip and fall accident. Overall, slip and fall accidents cause more than 25% of spinal cord injuries.
Violence: Close to 15% of spinal cord injuries result from acts of violence.
Athletic injuries: Athletic injuries, sports injuries, dives cause approximately 8% of spinal cord injuries.
Alcohol: Alcohol is a factor in approximately 25% of spinal cord injuries.
Diseases. Cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis and spinal cord inflammation are also some causes of spinal cord injuries.
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, it’s vital that you consult with a personal injury lawyer experienced in spinal injuries. Spinal injuries are the most severe of injuries and require extensive support, rehabilitation and compensation for a life-time. Our personal injury lawyers have helped many families who have a loved one with a spinal injury and we can help you.
David Hollingsworth- Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer – Types of Spinal Cord Injury:
What is a spinal cord injury ?
A spinal cord injury or “SCI” refers to any traumatic injury to the spinal cord. SCI injuries are extremely serious because depending on the severity, they have the potential to impair your motor functioning ability, reflexes, and sensations.
Complete vs. Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury
SCI injuries can be classified as “complete” and “incomplete”. As the name entails, a complete SCI results in paralysis below the site of the injury, where there is no feeling or voluntary movement, and both sides of the body have become paralyzed equally. An incomplete SCI occurs when only one part of the spinal cord has become damaged (due to a tear, compression or other injury to the spine). Victims of incomplete SCI may still experience paralysis, but it will be generally partial in nature (as opposed to a complete SCI). In an incomplete SCI, some feeling and voluntary movement may be present on one or both sides of the body.
Incomplete SCI’s have become more common given relative advances in medical technology in recent history. An individual with an incomplete SCI may retain feeling in the affected area, but may still experience ongoing pain. The ongoing sensory agitation can be serious and debilitating, rending victim completely not able to function.
Each Injury is Unique and Requires Expert Attention
Some circumstances allow for more active therapy to help counteract any muscular atrophy by rebuilding muscle fiber to strengthen and support functioning. The complexity of the spine means that each and every spinal cord injury is unique and will require assessment by a team of experts, including a top lawyer trained to deal with spinal cord injuries such as David Hollingsworth. David Hollingsworth and his Ottawa personal injury team understand the nature of spinal cord injuries. For over a decade, David has been helping accident victims with spinal cord injury work through their lawsuit and get the compensation they need and whatever else this entails, including compensation for loss of income, a new home, and custom vehicle.
Ontario Injury Lawyer, David Hollingsworth
If you or a member of your family has sustained a spinal cord injury, please contact David Hollingsworth by e-mail or call 613 978-9549. David Hollingsworth, offers free consultations to discuss your case and explain how we can help you. David Hollingsworth, Ottawa personal injury lawyer- representing accident victims throughout eastern Ontario. Upon request, if you wish, you may speak with other spinal cord injury victims David has been able to help.
David Hollingsworth discusses what constitutes a personal injury in Ontario.
What is a personal injury ? What compensation for injuries is here in Ontario? Does a personal injury automatically result in compensation? A personal injury may be so severe that it is obvious, while others are not. Some personal injuries are harder to see, yet may be equally as painful and life-changing. The following are some of the more common personal injuries, but do not include all…
spinal cord injury
accident amputations -loss of limbs
orthopedic injuries (broken bones)
lacerations, burns and scarring
pain and suffering
other injuries resulting from an accident
Navigating the insurance process can be confusing. Although these are some of the more common injuries we see, it’s important to note that not all injuries are the same severity and compensation amounts vary. For example, one person may suffer from chronic pain and still be able to work and resume some of the life activities they once enjoyed before their accident. Another person may suffer a chronic pain injury and not be able to return to work and their life is forever changed.
The amount of compensation in Ontario to which an Ontario accident victim is entitled to varies. There are a number of factors that go into determining compensation in Ontario such as severity of injury (physical, mental and psychological), future care and medical needs, loss of past and future income, need for ongoing house-keeping assistance, attendant care and caregiving to which you are entitled to. Experienced Ontario personal injury lawyers work directly with medical doctors, social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, other treating health practitioners to support you and ensure you are getting everything that is needed.
What are the different Types of Spinal Cord Injury?
Complete spinal cord injury
A complete spinal cord injury (SCI) results in paralysis below the site of the personal injury. This results in no feeling or voluntary movement, and both sides of the body are paralyzed equally.
Incomplete spinal cord injury
An incomplete spinal cord injury occurs when part of the spinal cord is damaged as a result of a tear, spinal cord compression or other spinal cord injury. Accident victims with an incomplete injury may experience partial paralysis. Some feeling and voluntary movement can be on one or both sides of the body. Incomplete spinal cord injury has become more common, thanks to advances in treatments. A person with an incomplete injury may have feeling return in the affected area, but will likely be in constant pain. The chronic pain can be extremely serious and debilitating, often leaving the injured unable to function. In most situations more active therapy helps to build strength and support function. Some people may walk again and others may never walk again. Every spinal cord injury is unique. David Hollingsworth and his Ottawa personal injury team understand this. For over a decade, David has been working with accident victims work through their lawsuit and get the compensation they need not only for loss of income, , rehabilitation, a new home, modifications, custom vehicles etc…
You may need an experienced injury lawyer…
Suffering a catastrophic injury can be life-altering. Our injury lawyers work with our clients and their families to make sure that while their personal injury case is moving forward, that supports are being put in place. Some personal injury cases can take years to settle. In the meantime, people may not be able to work and their homes may need to be modified and made wheelchair accessible. Our personal injury team has access to some of the best case managers, social workers, therapists and resources available to people who have suffered a spinal cord injury. It’s our job , as injury lawyers , to ensure our clients get access to all of the resources available to them and then some!
If you or a member of your family has sustained an injury, please contact me by e-mail or call me directly at 613 978-9549. David Hollingsworth, Ottawa personal injury lawyer offers free consultations to discuss your case and explain how we can help you. David Hollingsworth, Ottawa personal injury lawyer- representing accident victims throughout eastern Ontario.