SPINAL CORD INJURIES
Spinal cord injuries are one of the most common injuries resulting from automobile accidents, as well as motorcycle accidents and pedestrian accidents.
The types of injuries that can occur form damage to the spinal cord vary a lot, and include the following:
- Contusions of the spine (means that the spinal cord gets slightly or severely crushed).
Regardless of whether you experience a non-minor spinal injury or a traumatic spinal injury, you will almost always be eligible for compensation of your losses.
There are two common types of spinal injury. A complete injury refers to a situation where the victim loses all ability to feel and voluntarily move below the level of injury. An incomplete injury includes refers to when the victim has some function and movement below the level of injury. The American Spinal Injury Association scale is the standard used by medical professionals in both Canada and the United States. Specifically, it is used to assess the severity of a spinal cord injury, and therefore this assessment will be a important factors that lawyers, judges and insurance companies take into consideration when negotiating or awarding damages.
In Toronto, car accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries. Although car accidents make up about 35% of cases in Toronto, there are many other situations where a spinal cord injury can occur. These include, but are not limited to, the following: slipping and falling (inside a building or outside), medical malpractice, sports related injuries, motorcycle and bicycle accidents.
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