Ontario Spinal Cord Injuries Lawyers, Ottawa Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth
An increase in spinal cord injuries
Sadly spinal cord injuries occur every day. Every day, someone in Canada suffers a spinal cord injury (“SCI”). This is the sad but real reality of spinal cord injuries. They are happening all the time. More than 80,000 Canadians currently live with some form of Spinal Cord Injury. Sadly, this number is expected to climb. A report by the Urban Futures Institute estimates that roughly 86,000 individuals currently have spinal cord injuries in Canada. Tragically, this number is set to increase to 121,000 by 2030. That’s an increase of 35,000 in less than 19 years. Too high a number, in my opinion because we should be learning how to better prevent such injuries from occurring. The statistics are grim.
Do all spinal cord injuries result in paralysis?
Roughly 48,243 people with SCI’s are fully paralyzed, while 30,324 can still make use of their arms. Individuals with SCI will spend an average 140 days in hospital, and will die 15 to 30 years earlier than the average person with an average life expectancy. That’s because victims of SCI are more susceptible to medical complications like urinary tract infections, pressure ulcers, pneumonia and mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. Christopher Reeve, for example, is a tragic and iconic example of a SCI victim dying of the enumerated causes – namely, depression and pressure ulcers. It is ironic that even the invincible and iconic superman of our generation was not invincible enough to avoid a spinal cord injury. These injuries are serious and can happen to anyone. So please take care and exercise caution in situations where you or your loved ones could be at risk.
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.