DEALING WITH SPINAL INJURIESMay 8 2014
In British Columbia, accidents with cars and bicycles cause dozens of serious injuries to the neck and back each year. Many victims of these accidents will suffer from long-term pain and disability, preventing them from living a normal life. Careless or impaired drivers are the main cause of accidents resulting in neck and back injuries. Another cause is road defects.
If you are in an accident involving a dangerous pothole or large crack in the road, the government could be the responsible party. But, people should be aware that lawsuits against municipal governments may only have short windows of time to file suit. If you are in an accident as a result of city neglect, get a lawyer right away so that you receive compensation for your pain and suffering.
AVAILABLE COMPENSATION FOR AUTO OR BICYCLE ACCIDENT VICTIMS
To determine whether you may be able to get compensation for back or neck injuries, consult with a lawyer immediately. You may be able to collect funds to pay for the following expenses:
• Lost wages
• Any future earnings you may have received if not for your injury
• Physical therapy/rehabilitation
• Emergency room/medical expenses
• Pain and suffering (physical and emotional)
SPINAL CORD INJURIES
Spinal cord injuries happen when a victim injures nerves that run through their vertebrae making up the spine. This can sometimes leading to permanent disability involving pain and paralysis. There are generally two kinds of spinal neck injuries –high cervical and low cervical. High cervical spinal cord injuries cause paralysis of the legs, arms or trunk and are the most severe. If a person receives paralysis of the arms and legs, they are often diagnosed with quadriplegia and will need 24-hour care for the rest of their life.
A spinal cord injury to the low cervical nerves, may affect hand and arm control. People with this type of injury can walk and breathe without a machine, but may not be able to support themselves due to partial disability.
Spinal injuries to the low and mid back can result in paralysis or significant dysfunction and pain in the lower limbs as well.
People who suffer partial or permanent disability, because of a negligent driver, are entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering, as well as all medical expenses from the condition. Contacting a local personal injury lawyer is the first step to getting the compensation you need. The right lawyer will take care of your settlement so that you can focus on recovering from your injury.