Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries: An Overview

Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries: An Overview

Brain and spinal cord injuries can have massive consequences on your quality of life. It may impact your ability to work and could result in the need for lifelong medical assistance.

If you or a loved one has sustained a spinal cord or brain injury, you may be entitled to compensation and will likely require a newfound level of support. At Verhaeghe Law Office, our personal injury lawyers may be able to help you get compensation that you deserve, so that you can successfully adapt to your newfound circumstances. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

Causes of Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries

There are many accidents and incidents in which you may sustain a brain or spinal cord injury. Some causes include:

  1.  A motor vehicle accident: You can get injured very seriously if you and/or your vehicle collide with another motor vehicle or other objects.
  2. Slip, trip and fall accidents: Whether you fall from a large height, slip and land on your back, or hit your head, it is possible to seriously hurt a portion of your spinal cord or brain.
  3. Workplace accidents: Unfortunately, accidents sometimes happen in the workplace that could lead to serious trauma to the brain or spinal cord.
  4. Medical malpractice: Sometimes, medical professionals make mistakes that result in serious injuries to a patient. It is possible for these mistakes to be a result of their carelessness or negligence.

In some situations, the accident may not necessarily be your fault. If you get injured on unsafe premises, another party may be found negligent. Similarly, if you are in a car accident where the other party is found faulty, then you may be entitled to compensation.

Steps after Injury

Your top priority is to seek medical attention after you have sustained a suspected spinal cord or brain injury. This may involve calling an ambulance, hospitalization, surgeries, and continuous rehabilitation therapies.

If you or a loved one is able, you may want to record any and all information about the accident and the medical care you have received. If you believe your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, this information could be used as evidence to support your claim. You should also contact an Edmonton personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

Claims and Compensation

Together, you and your personal injury lawyer will decide whether you should file a claim, either with an insurance company or the alleged at-fault party. Medical records, witness statements, expert opinions from medical professionals, accident reports, and more will be collected to build your case.

In Canada, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation if you were injured in an unsafe premises, due to the negligence of a third party, or in an accident. Awarded compensation may be able to cover costs due to medical bills, lost income or future lost work, and other living expenses due to the possible lasting effects of a brain or spinal cord injury.

Speak to Our Edmonton Personal Injury Lawyers Today

Brain and spinal cord injuries can be very serious and potentially change your life forever. After you have sought medical attention, you may want to consider your legal options and start a claim - as you may be entitled to compensation from a faulty party or insurance company.

Our Edmonton personal injury lawyers at Verhaeghe Law Office may be able to help you. We could assess your situation, determine whether you are entitled to compensation, and help you open a claim. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer today.

** Please note, this article is intended as a general overview on the subject of personal injury law, and is not intended to be legal advice. If you are seeking legal advice, please consult with an Alberta personal injury lawyer.

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