Have you or someone you love recently experienced a serious accident or collision that has left you with significant injuries? Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) are one of the most prevalent long-term disabilities faced by survivors of serious personal injury accidents, with nearly 86,000 people living with a damaged spine across Canada. Car accidents, sports injuries, slips and falls and physical assault can all lead to circumstances that force the spinal column to contort, compress, or even sever completely, leading to devastating lifelong repercussions that affect your quality of life, work capabilities, mental wellness and more.
Facing an SCI can feel incredibly overwhelming, especially when the cost of recovery often isn’t fully covered by the other party’s insurance or by Alberta’s healthcare guidelines. Physiotherapy, specialist appointments, and forced time away from work can have a profound effect on your finances, making the cost of recovery difficult to sustain. With over 30 years of experience fighting for fair injury settlements, James H. Brown and Associates’ injury lawyers are here to make sure Albertans don’t have to navigate the legal system alone.
Below, we’ll take a closer look at some of the most important information to be aware of when it comes to spotting the symptoms of an SCI, as well as why it’s important to partner with a trusted legal team like James H. Brown and Associates. Read on to learn more.
Common Causes of SCIs
Spinal cord injuries can be caused by a wide variety of actions, whether you’re going about your day-to-day routine, participating in hobbies or recreational activities, or commuting to and from the workplace. Icy pathways, negligent drivers and other risk factors for a sudden, severe impact can result in a serious injury that leaves you facing a lifetime of recovery and change, all within a matter of moments.
Each year, Albertans in Edmonton, Calgary, and all across the province find themselves affected by the pain of damaged vertebrae, spinal disks, or even the spinal cord itself. While some injuries may be temporary and eventually result in a full recovery, many may face an incomplete-grade injury (partial loss of movement/sensation) or even a complete-grade injury (full loss of mobility/sensation beneath the injury site). In either case, the cost of recovery can be extensive, both where time and finances are concerned.
Seeing a doctor as soon as possible is the best way to determine the extent of your injury and determine an appropriate treatment plan that protects your road to recovery.
Signs and Symptoms SCIs
Spinal cord injuries are incredibly complex to treat, making it essential to be aware of the early signs and symptoms of a traumatic injury. Symptoms of spinal damage are not always readily apparent and can days or even weeks to fully manifest. If you or someone you love have recently been involved in an accident or experienced a serious impact, look for the following indicators of an SCI and seek medical attention immediately:
- Loss of movement
- Loss of, or altered sensation (heat/cold/touch)
- Lingering pain, especially stinging sensations in the spine, neck, or head*
- Difficulty breathing*
- Poor balance or mobility*
- Oddly positioned back or neck*
- Numbness, tingling, or the sudden loss of sensation in your fingers, feet or toes*
- Weakness or paralysis in any part of your body*
* These symptoms are extremely dangerous and require immediate medical attention. If you or someone you love displays any of these symptoms, seek urgent care and/or contact 911 immediately.
Get the Legal Representation You Deserve
Facing a traumatic injury like an SCI can be overwhelming, and the process of seeking long-term medical assistance can drastically affect your finances without the proper support. To make sure that you are in the best position to receive a fair settlement, contact a lawyer as soon as possible. With over 30 years of award-winning practice in Alberta and over 250 years of combined injury law experience amongst our team of injury lawyers, James H. Brown and Associates remain dedicated to fighting for your right to fair compensation after spinal cord injury. In addition to partnering with a team with a proven record of success, you’ll also gain access to:
- Complete accident investigation services, including accident reconstruction, evidence preservation, analysis, and more.
- Access to medical and vocational professionals to fully diagnose your injuries, understand long-term consequences and provide supporting documentation for your case.
- Strong relationships with organizations dedicated to rehabilitation, recovery, and support.
At James H. Brown and Associates, we are proud to be involved in our community and to support initiatives that partner with accident victims across the province. In addition to fighting for our clients, we partner with several organizations including Spinal Cord Injuries Alberta. As an active sponsor of their Resilience Kit, our team knows that recovery isn’t just about funds, but having access to caring professionals in their community. When you partner with James H. Brown and Associates, you don’t just gain a legal heavyweight in your corner, you’re joined by a team that truly cares. We will make sure your needs are heard when it matters most.
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