Spinal Cord Injuries

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Injury to the neck or back can cause damage that ranges in seriousness from minor pain and discomfort to complete paralysis. Because the spine is so important to your entire body, even an injury that seems minor can be devastating.

Some of these injuries resolve relatively quickly, but may leave you with pain and stiffness but otherwise able to live your life as before with some modifications. Others can change your life completely, and may be classified as catastrophic. We specialize in these cases.

You may need compensation for time lost from work, or inability to go back to your job or perform it at the same level as before. You may also need to pay for help in your home, or to assist you in everyday tasks.
Our lawyers have experience with these injuries and their effects on your ability to work, move, and care for yourself and your family.

What Classifies As a Back Injury?

Back injuries can include herniated discs, back sprains and strains, pinched nerves, and even fractured vertebrae. These injuries can make it difficult to perform day-to-day tasks.

Back injuries can also result from physical activity such as sports and work-related activities.

There are a number of factors in a back injury case, including whether the defendant exercised duty of care to prevent the incident that led to the injury.

What Classifies As a Spinal Injury?

The spinal cord is a critical part of your nervous system, facilitating certain motor functions and proving sensory nerve information to the brain. It extends down your back from your brain to your lumbar vertebrae, and serves as a channel for sending nerve signals throughout your body.

A spinal cord injury (SCI) occurs when there is nerve damage or trauma to the spinal column itself. This can either be a direct blunt or penetrating impact, or occur as a result of stretching, increased pressure, tearing, or loss of blood flow to the spinal cord. While back injuries are typically muscular in nature or a nerve injury to the lumbar spine, an SCI specifically focuses on an injury from the base of your skull to the cauda equina (below your tailbone).

In severe cases, it can result in partial or complete paralysis. The impact of a spinal cord injury can also result in long-term physical, emotional, and mental pain to the individual and his or her family.

Our firm is a strong supporter of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (formerly the Canadian Paraplegic Association Ontario), a great organization that advocates exceptional support and quality of life improvements for people living with spinal cord injuries.

What Classifies As a Neck Injury?

The neck is a sensitive area of the body that is in close proximity to your brain and spinal cord. In some cases, even a minor incident can have catastrophic results, while other times it may cause little more than soreness.

Common neck injuries include whiplash, slipped discs, fractures, as well as muscle strains in your neck.

Extreme neck trauma may also result in spinal cord injuries leading to severe pain and potentially even paralysis. The risk of brain damage is also a major concern, which is one of the main reasons why neck injuries are treated so delicately.

Minor neck injuries may only need time and pain medication to heal over a few weeks, while severe neck injuries may require surgeries, physical therapy, and long-term care if there is also an associated brain or spinal cord injury as well.

Living With Back, Neck And Spinal Injury

A back, neck or spinal cord injury can happen anywhere — in a car accident, while playing sports, or even during a slip-and-fall. You may pull and tear muscles, slip a disc, fracture vertebrae, or damage your spinal cord. Injuries to the neck can also affect the head, causing brain damage.

Our lawyers can help you if you are suffering from:

Depression and anxiety caused by chronic pain, disability and loss of independence.

Contact Bergeron | Clifford LLP

If you have injured your back or neck, contact us at 866-384-5886 or fill out our online form. We represent clients throughout Eastern Ontario and can meet you at our offices in Kingston, Ottawa, Whitby, Carleton Place, Perth, at your home or hospital, or wherever is most convenient for you.

Living with spinal cord injuries may be challenging.

Recovering from, or adapting to, a serious injury can take time. However, given enough time and proper care, many injured people are able to return to a life very much like the one they knew before suffering the injury.

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