Spinal cord damage is incredibly prevalent throughout the country of Canada. In fact, about 86,000 Canadians are currently living with spinal cord injury. Spinal cord damage is amongst the most commonly seen injury caused by motor vehicle accidents.
While any type of high-impact accident or incident has the potential to damage ones spinal cord, the elements involved in a typical car crash make the likelihood for this type of damage much greater. Those who experience this type of injury will often need extensive recovery time and some will suffer from permanent, life-changing damages.
With 4,300 new spinal cord injury cases occurring in Canada each year, it is important for residents of Canada to understand the most common signs and symptoms linked to spinal cord damage in order to seek the proper medical care for recovery.
As with most injuries, the symptoms will range significantly in severity dependent upon the details of the accident. Minor spinal cord damage may cause pain, but serious spinal cord damage may lead to paralysis.
Greg Monforton and Partners has sadly seen a countless number of accident victims suffering in the hands of a negligent driver. At our Ontario personal injury law firm, we strongly believe that when the negligence of another motorist causes injury or harm to you or your family, this person must be held accountable for their careless actions. If you or a loved one has suffered spinal cord damage in a car accident, our Ontario car crash lawyers are here to help.
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Symptoms of Spinal Cord Damage
A person suffering from spinal cord damage is expected to live 15 to 30 less years than the average Canada resident. Due to the massive potential to affect the injured party of the rest of their life, it is important for accident victims to have a handle on the most common symptoms and signs linked to spinal cord damage. Again, every single person involved in a car collision is encouraged to seek medical care as soon as possible. Regardless of how injured you may believe to be, it is imperative for a medical professional to determine what injuries are present.
The following are the most common signs and symptoms of spinal cord damage:
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty walking
- Extreme pressure and pain in the back, head, or neck
- Numbness or tingling present in the fingers, toes, feet, or hands
- Weakness and/or paralysis in any area of the body
Paralysis and numbness is often a gradual process, producing swelling or bleed build up in or around the spinal cord injury region. As such, while this gradual build-up occurs the accident victim may not feel any immediate affects. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car crash resulting in spinal cord injury, please contact our skilled personal injury lawyers at your earliest convenience.
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Causes of Spinal Cord Damage and Paralysis
Any type of severe trauma or damage may result in the spinal cord injury. It is important to note, however, that the extent of injury and thus recovery time will depend largely on the details of the crash and the severity of the impact. Spinal cord damage will involve a specific injury such as lateral bending, axial loading, and some kind of dislocation, rotation, or hyper-flexion/hyperextension. The most common spinal cord injury causes are as follows:
- Natural Disaster
- Work-related Accident
- Sporting Accident
- Birth Defect
- Car Accident
In Canada, one in three people will suffer from a disability for at least three months prior to the age of 65. While some accidents are most certainly unavoidable, being aware of the most common causes of spinal cord damage and paralysis will place Canadians in a better position to avoid an unsafe situation. The following are the most common causes of paralysis:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Cerebral Palsy
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Birth Defect
- Spinal Cord Injury
If the careless driving habits of another motorist cause injury or harm to you, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Contact our Windsor, Ontario office today to learn more.
Contact a Skilled Ontario Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Today
At the law offices of Greg Monforton and Partners, we all share a strong belief that when the negligence of another driver causes damage to you and your family, this person must be held responsible for the damages in which they cause. From medical bills to lost wages to pain and suffering, you should not have to suffer financially after a car crash.
Our skilled team of legal professionals offers years of experience in personal injury litigation, a vast knowledge of the law, and a deep compassion for helping the injured. If you or a loved one has been involved in a crash, our Ontario car accident lawyers are here for you.