Ottawa Back, Neck and Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
Spinal cord and back injuries are caused by damage to the vertebrae, ligaments or disks of the spinal column. Traumatic spinal cord injuries may result from a sudden, traumatic blow to your spine that fractures or dislocates one or more of your vertebrae. Non-traumatic spinal cord injury may be caused by arthritis, cancer, inflammation or wear and tear of the spinal discs.
If you or someone you care about has recently suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury, it might seem like every aspect of your life will be affected. Back and spinal cord injuries can be devastating and life-altering. Anyone who has experienced significant trauma to the head or neck should seek immediate medical attention for the possibility of a spinal injury. Spinal injuries are not always immediately obvious. If a back or spinal injury is not immediately assessed and treated, more severe injury may occur. Certain symptoms such as numbness and paralysis may develop gradually as swelling occurs in and around the spinal cord.
The personal injury lawyers at Tierney Stauffer LLP have over 35 years of experience representing clients suffering from spinal injuries. We help clients identify the best possible avenue to obtain the compensation they need for immediate financial relief as well as long-term care needs.
Signs of a Spinal Cord Injury
Back, neck and spinal injuries can result in one more of the following symptoms:
- Complete or partial loss of movement;
- Loss of sensation, including the ability to feel heat, cold and touch;
- Loss of bowel or bladder control;
- Exaggerated reflexes or spasms;
- Difficulty breathing or coughing;
- Pain or a stinging sensation;
- Extreme pain or pressure in the head or neck;
- Difficulty with balance or walking; and
- An oddly positioned or twisted neck or back.
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries. Slip and fall accidents are also responsible for a significant number of spinal cord and back injuries, especially for people over the age of 65. Other causes include assault, sports and recreational activities, alcohol-related accidents and certain diseases.
What to do if you think someone has a back, neck or spinal injury:
- Do not move the injured person;
- Call 911;
- Keep the person still; and
- Place heavy towels or blankets on either side of the neck until paramedics arrive to prevent any movement.
Contact the Personal Injury Lawyers at Tierney Stauffer LLP in Ottawa, Kingston, Cornwall, Arnprior & North Bay for Trusted Legal Guidance with your Back, Neck or Spinal Cord Injury
Because a spinal cord or back injury can have such a devastating effect on someone’s life, it is important for victims to receive proper compensation for the wrongs done to them so they can afford to get the help they need. At Tierney Stauffer LLP in Ottawa, we take your rights very seriously. We are prepared to do what it takes to ensure that you and your family can recover financially and move on with your lives. Call us at 1-888-799-8057 or contact us online to set up a free consultation with a member of our experienced personal injury team.