The spine is one of the most critical parts of the human body. Not only is it your literal backbone, but it also protects the spinal cord, which is the bundle of nerves that connects your brain’s signals to most of the body. Trauma to the spine can cause serious neck and back pain, and it can damage the spinal cord itself, which can result in life-changing paralysis.
Because it commonly has lasting and devastating effects, a spinal injury is often considered to be a catastrophic injury. Spinal injuries require extensive medical treatment, sometimes for the rest of a victim’s life. The losses resulting from this injury can be almost unimaginable for most people. At Vogel LLP, we’ve seen how severe the effects of a spinal injury can be, and our lawyers specialize in representing clients with this type of injury.
We handle spinal injury cases stemming from many types of accidents, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
Overcoming The Injury
There are many people living with spinal injuries in the Calgary area. With the right treatment and support services, even people who have suffered paralysis, can overcome their disability and thrive. However, overcoming a spinal injury can be a costly process.
After an accident, if you suspect you suffered spinal trauma, you need emergency medical treatment. Usually, emergency medical personnel will stabilize you on a special board to transport you to the hospital. Doctors will take measures to ensure your condition is as stable as possible and will take steps to minimize the chance for complications.
The severity of a spinal injury cannot typically be assessed until swelling has subsided. Injury victims may need to stay in the hospital in which case doctors will continuously monitor your condition. Others, however, do not see the full impact of a spinal injury for days or weeks after an accident. Doctors will eventually determine whether your spinal injury damaged the spinal cord and whether the injury is incomplete or complete.
An incomplete spinal injury may cause partial paralysis in certain parts of the body. This paralysis is usually temporary and you might regain movement and sensation as the injury heals. On the other hand, a complete spinal injury will cut off all communications from the brain to the body below the point of injury. This results in total and permanent paralysis, which prevents victims from walking and may affect the upper body and organ functioning as well.
With today’s medical technology, spinal injury victims with paralysis can utilize state-of-the-art wheelchairs and other assistive devices that can help them maintain mobility and independence. While paralysis will certainly change the course of your life, including your work, recreational activities, and interactions with your family, many people take the steps to overcome their challenges.
Calculating The Damages
While medical equipment, rehabilitative therapy services, and other professionals can help improve your quality of life after a spinal injury, the costs of your recovery can be overwhelming. If someone else’s negligence caused your spinal injury, you can seek damages from that party to compensate you for your many losses. The extent of your damages must be determined, which can be a complicated task. Our injury lawyers know how to calculate damages in even the most serious cases to ensure you receive the full amount you deserve.
Some damages we consider include:
- Medical bills, including emergency care, hospitalization, surgeries, rehabilitation, and more
- Estimated costs of all future medical care you will need
- Medical equipment and accommodations to your home or vehicle
- Lost income from missing work
- Lost future earning capacity if you cannot return to your previous job
- Pain and suffering
- Housekeeping losses
Your past financial losses can be proven with medical bills, pay statements, and other documentation. However, proving your other damages can be more complex. We often use experts to help calculate estimated future damages, such as for medical care and lost future income. When it comes to intangible losses, such as pain and suffering, we know how to calculate and demonstrate the value of these losses. Spinal cord injury claims are often substantial, and there is too much at stake to have a lawyer without experience handling serious cases.
How Can Our Spinal Injury Lawyers Help You?
In addition to calculating your damages, our lawyers can assist with every step of your claim, including:
- Identifying who can be held liable for your injuries
- Filing a personal injury lawsuit against the liable party
- Gathering evidence to support your claim
- Negotiating to obtain a favourable settlement agreement
- Taking your case to trial if settlement negotiations fail
Vogel LLP knows how devastating a spinal injury can be, especially when it results in permanent paralysis. Because of the high value of these claims, you can be sure the negligent party will try to fight to reduce the amount of the claim. You need lawyers on your side who will not back down and who know how to fight for your rights to financial recovery. Call 403-255-2636 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.