Spinal Cord Injuries - Folkes Legal Professional Corporation

No matter the cause, spinal cord injury cases can have a catastrophic effect on the lives of those afflicted as well as their families and loved ones. The medical costs over the lifetime of a spinal cord victim can become considerable. If you or a loved one has been in an accident and sustained a spinal cord injury, then you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries and losses.

Spinal Cord Injuries And Your Life

Spinal cord injury is any damage to the spinal cord that results in full or partial loss of motor control and sensation. Injuries to the spinal cord may leave victims paralyzed in the lower parts of the body (paraplegic) or in all four limbs (quadriplegic). Since the spinal cord controls a number of major bodily functions, including breathing, walking, body temperature, bladder, and sexual functions, any damage to the spinal cord may leave a variety of permanent and serious health problems.

Legal Considerations Related to Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are most often the result of automobile accidents, falls, acts of violence, and recreational sporting activities. In accidents like these, you may be able to seek compensation from anyone whose careless, negligent, or irresponsible actions contributed to your injury.

You may also seek legal recourse if you have suffered a spinal cord injury due to a defective product. Some spinal cord injuries are caused by failure of equipment, products, or materials that are defective or in some way or work improperly, resulting in serious injury. In cases such as this, you may be entitled to compensation from the entities that designed, manufactured, serviced or sold the defective product.

Spinal cord injuries can also result from a mishandled or risky surgical procedure involving the back or neck; in such cases, if the injury was avoidable, then there may be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Commonly Used Defenses in Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuits

If you pursue legal action following your spinal cord injury, the other parties may seek to avoid liability by invoking certain legal defenses. One commonly used defense is “contributory negligence.” This means that the defendant will argue that the plaintiff’s own carelessness contributed to or caused the accident. The court will consider the role that all parties played in the accident when making decisions about compensation and apportioning blame.

Another possible defense in this type of lawsuit is “assumption of risk.” If your injury occurred while you were engaged in a risky or dangerous activity such as skiing or skydiving, then a defendant may argue that you knew that there was a good chance of becoming injured and voluntarily assumed a high risk.

What Accident Lawyers Have To Offer

People who have suffered serious injuries may have legal options for seeking compensation for their losses caused by the accident and injury. The purpose of this type of payment is to provide sufficient financial resources to restore the injured person, as much as possible, to their pre-accident state. In spinal cord injury cases, legal compensation may extend far beyond just taking care of medical bills; an injured person may be entitled to compensation for the wages lost due to missing work following the accident and in the future, future medical expenses such as rehabilitation and home caregivers, home maintenance expenses, the purchase of assistive devices such as wheelchairs, and even the modification of the victim’s home to allow for the sudden disability brought on by the accident. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you identify and seek proper compensation for the long-lasting and life-altering effects of a spinal cord injury.

Ron Folkes is a leader in the field of personal injury law, having achieved millions of dollars in settlements for his clients through virtually every type of injury claim. The Folkes Law Firm was founded 35 years ago on the principle of providing the highest quality legal services to clients at reasonable rates, and the team remains committed to this principle today. Ron Folkes and his staff of professionals enjoy a strong reputation among clients, legal professionals and courts throughout the Brampton and Mississauga communities. The Folkes Law Firm is available for a free half-hour consultation, and can be reached at 14 Nelson Street West, Suite One, Brampton, Ontario L6X 1B7, or by calling (866) 687-1055.