OTTAWA ACCIDENT LAWYER – As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I appreciate that spinal cord injury completely changes your life and the lives of those you love.
Paralysis changes everything. And, of course, it results in huge financial costs for ongoing medical care, attendant care, medical equipment, adaptive technologies, specialized medicines and supplies. Even a healthy paraplegic may need $600-1000 per month of pharmaceutical products. That adds up quickly.
Since early in my practice, I have helped my Ontario clients with spinal cord injuries ranging from quadriplegia to paraplegia to other forms of spinal fracture. This experience has brought home the incredible personal and family tragedy which results from a spinal cord injury. At the same time, it has helped me to see how, with proper financial compensation and support, spinal cord injury victims can go on to live happy and meaningful lives.
Your spinal cord injury may be from a motor vehicle accident, a slip and fall or other serious accident. Regardless, the personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth would be pleased to meet with you for a case analysis and ultimately representation.
When you are choosing your Ottawa spinal cord injury lawyer, ask about the lawyer’s experience with catastrophic injuries. Is your spinal cord injury lawyer prepared to engage the specialists required to assess your long-term medical needs, and to quantify the cost of those needs? This very important step in your case requires hiring a certified life care planner.
As if the paralysis itself is not a big enough issue, our spinal cord injury lawyers also know that spinal cord injury victims face a greater susceptibility to health-related problems problems such as bedsores, pressure sores, bladder infections, kidney stones, upper respiratory infections, pneumonia, skin contractions and others. These “side effects” have both a human and a financial cost that must be taken into account when advancing your claim for compensation.
Home and vehicle modification are significant expenses for people with spinal cord injuries. These expenses have to be quantified and advanced to the insurance company on your behalf. Where the spinal cord injury was caused by a car accident, we will work with your accident benefit insurer to ensure that your needs are met to the full extent available under he statutory accident benefit regulation.
Spinal cord injuries can create a significant barrier to gainful employment. Our spinal cord injury lawyers seek compensation for your past and future lost wages, health care insurance and pension or retirement benefits. We will also assist you to engage vocational counselling, and accommodating devices, when it is possible for you to return to work.
Where our client requires a caregiver, we assist you with funding through the accident benefit insurer if possible. If there is a shortfall, or if no accident benefits are available, we will seek those damages from the defendant.
The devastating effects of a spinal cord injury on your spouse, children, parents and sometimes siblings must also be acknowledged. Our spinal cord injury team seeks damages for loss of consortium, loss of care guidance and companionship and loss of household services among other things. Family counselling may also be required and funding for that need claimed.
Our Ottawa spinal cord lawyers work with economists, vocational rehabilitation specialists, physiatrists, life care planning experts, neurologists, neurosurgeons and neuroradiologists in your representation. We take all steps possible to ensure that client’s current and future needs are properly analyzed and valued.
If you, a close friend, or a family member has suffered a spinal cord injury, the lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth would be pleased to meet to discuss your injury and how we can help. We regularly meet clients at the Ottawa Civic, the Ottawa Rehab Centre or other local hospitals for a no obligation, no pressure consultation. For more information, contact the Ottawa injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth by email [email protected] or by phone at (613) 233-4529.
We wish you all the best for a speedy recovery.