Helping people who have suffered spinal cord injuries
A diagnosis of a spinal cord injury understandably strikes fear and dread in the hearts of those who receive it and of their loved ones. It can mean the loss of mobility and of the life they used to live.
According to Spinal Cord Injury Canada, just over half of these injuries are caused by some type of accident. The rest are caused by disease. There are approximately 4,300 new spinal cord injuries annually in this country, with a cost of $1.8 billion in health care costs alone.
According to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, besides vehicle accidents, other types of trauma, including diving and underwater accidents, falls, sports injuries, violent acts and surgical errors can cause spinal cord injuries. As many of our readers know, Christopher Reeve, who passed away in 2004 at just 52, was paralyzed while riding a horse in a competition in 1995.
When someone suffers a spinal cord injury, prompt medical care is essential. If the patient is stabilized, health care professionals may be able to reduce the swelling that often occurs. It’s also essential that tests are done right away to diagnose the extent of the injury and begin proper treatment.
Spinal cord injuries differ in severity. In some cases, as the swelling subsides, patients may regain some of their mobility. Spinal cords can also be bruised, crushed, stretched or severed. Even if the spinal cord is not severed, people can lose sensation and function in their bodies that can take months or years to regain. However, it’s rare that someone is able to regain full functionality. Besides medical care, people who have suffered spinal cord injuries often require occupational therapy in order to care for themselves and get around with impaired motor function.
No one who has suffered a spinal cord injury can predict with certainty what the future will bring or how many years of medical care, rehabilitation and other assistance they will require. They can’t know for certain if or when they will be able to work again.
If you or a loved one’s spinal cord injury was someone else’s fault or you believe that it could have been prevented by another individual or entity, it’s essential that you consider seeking compensation. At Tell Del, we offer free initial consultations. Call or contact us online to find out if we can help you.
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