Transport Canada reports that in 2010 there were over 123,000 motor vehicle crashes resulting in serious personal injury, and an additional two thousand fatalities occurring within the same year. With car accidents resulting from an increased amount of distracted or inexperienced drivers on our roadways, the variety of injuries a person can sustain from an auto accident continues to grow.
Sensory loss may occur in any instance where the spinal cord is damaged crushed, bruised, bent or otherwise contorted resulting in an inability to experience one or more of the five senses.
Like a permanent paralysis of the senses, sensory loss can be extremely detrimental to a persons health and well being, and victims of sensory loss may appear to have left the accident unscathed, but the truth is that their perception of reality has forever been altered.
If you or someone you know has experienced serious injury from a motor vehicle or other type of accident resulting in sensory loss, you may be entitled to compensation for your physical and mental pain and suffering.
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Types of Sensory Loss
As strong as our spinal cords may seem be, they are a very delicate and complicated part of our anatomy, that can sometimes be impossible to repair. In the case of an automobile accident, damage may be done to the spinal cord in any number of ways during the crash.
Aside from the pain that back injuries can bring, the spinal cord is responsible for passing messages of sensation from our brain to our body and back again. Neurons fire rapidly between the brain, spinal cord and body and any physical damage incurred by the spinal cord can result in its inability to effectively pass those neuron messages.
What does this mean for the accident victim with spinal damage? If the spinal cord can no longer send or receive messages in a specific area due to damage, then the sense associated with that area may be forever lost.
Each sense that humans have is inextricably linked to the health of our spinal cords. The following are the most common types of sensory loss accident victims can experience:
- Loss of vision, or blindness
- Loss of hearing, or deafness
- Dual sensory loss, or deaf blindness
Sight, sound, taste, touch and smell are all vital tools that we use to navigate our way through life. If any one of these senses is lost, the victim loses one of the avenues through which they may experience life. Essentially, losing one of the five senses decreases a persons ability to enjoy the world, and can make life much harder for the victim.
Common Causes Of Sensory Loss
It is possible to experience sensory loss in any accident, but the most common occurrences are those that involve motor vehicle collisions at high rates of speed.
The following types of accidents are the most common to result in sensory loss for the victim:
- Head-on collisions
- Side impact, or T-bone, collisions
- Bike-and-car collisions
- Rollover accidents
- Read-end collisions
- Boating accidents
- to name a few.
In the event of a serious collision, seek emergency medical attention immediately. Note any pain, loss of sight or hearing, and the particulars of the accident as soon as you are able, as any documentation will aid you in seeking justice for the pain and suffering you have endured.
After securing your physical wellbeing, you or your loved one should seek legal counsel from a lawyer who has experience with accidents that result in sensory loss. A driver who behaves negligently once will likely repeat these behaviors, and there is no need to allow distracted driving to continue on our already crowded and dangerous roadways.
If a driver was behaving recklessly or negligently behind the wheel, you or your loved one may have a very strong case against their behavior, and if you suffered sensory loss as a result, it is imperative that you keep documented records of any and all hospital trips or medical diagnoses.
Contact Our Windsor, ON Sensory Loss Lawyers Today
Personal injury litigation can be a complicated process and at Greg Monforton and Partners, our team of Windsor personal injury lawyers is compassionate to those that have suffered a serious personal injury due to the negligence of another. We can guide you through each step of the legal battle and will fight for your MAXIMUM injury compensation.
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