What to Do When You Experience a Spinal Cord Injury
A spinal cord injury can be debilitating. It can upheave your life in an instant, preventing you from working and resulting in chronic pain. Accident victims who experience a spinal cord injury may be eligible for compensation for their suffering and for any financial losses. If you have recently suffered a direct or indirect trauma to the spinal cord, find out what to do next to get the care and support you need.
Get the Care You Need
Spinal cord injuries can be catastrophic, and victims often require long term care in the form of physical and occupational therapy. Depending on the severity of the injury, there are treatments available to assist with the pain and to improve your overall function. It’s important to speak with your doctor immediately following a spinal cord injury so they can document your injuries and help create a treatment plan for your specific needs. This may include medications, physiotherapy, surgery and aids such as a wheelchair to help you with your day-to-day needs.
Call a Personal Injury Lawyer
It’s important that you contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. They will assess your situation and provide direction on the next steps and what documents and evidence you need to collect. A lawyer will also determine the compensation that is available to you, such as disability benefits, WSIB, or insurance. They will make sure the documents are in order and filed properly so that a settlement offer is obtained. Because a spinal injury is catastrophic in nature, often causing lifelong impacts, those who are injured due to the negligence of others can usually receive significant compensation to ease their financial burden. If a lawsuit is reasonable, a lawyer will represent you in court to get the full compensation you deserve.
It’s imperative that you gather as much evidence as you can about the accident. This includes taking any pictures of the area, documenting the cause of the accident, and getting witness statements. This evidence will help the lawyer build your case.
Document the Impact of the Accident
It’s recommended that you carefully document your life and how the accident has impacted you and your family. Include all the medical care and expenses you have incurred, as well as the pain and suffering you have experienced as a result of your injuries. Write down all the challenges you are facing on a day-to-day basis – the more specific you can be, the better.
If you’re suffering from a spinal cord injury, call our team at Zuber Brioux. We will help you receive the compensation you deserve to ease your financial burden and make your pain and suffering a little easier to cope with.