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Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers Ottawa

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Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers in Ottawa


Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers Ottawa

Did you that 84% of people who suffer spinal cord injury in Canada are below the age of 34? A spinal cord injury disrupts the transformation signals between the body and the brain. This can result in full or partial loss of sensation, motor control and paralysis of the limbs. A spinal cord injury can occur due to trauma or a blow on the spine after a car accident, a fall, sports injury, tumor, disease or violent acts.

Victims of spinal cord injuries can claim compensation, spouses of victims can also receive compensation for loss of care, guidance and companionship.


Injured parties can claim compensation for the following forms of damages:

Medical expenses
Pain and suffering
Rehabilitation therapy
Home aid
Transportation costs
Cost of mobility aids and assistive devices
Other incurred expenses such as renovations to the victim’s home like adding stair-lifts and ramps
  • Complications of spinal cord injuries

    An injured spinal cord may create a series of complications. In the most severe cases, the injury leads to paralysis. The other well-known complications of spinal cord injuries include:

    • Loss of sensation in the limbs
    • Difficulty or loss of bowel and bladder control
    • Tingling sensation in the legs and arms
    • Nerve damage
    • Problems sensing heat and cold
    • Chronic pain

    Spinal cord injuries are treated as medical emergencies because they can have severe long term effects on the victim. Treatments administered include surgery, medications, braces or traction that is used to stabilize the spinal cord and in some cases surgery is required. If a spinal cord injury occurs due to another person’s negligent actions, you may need to file a personal injury lawsuit. This is considered one of the most severe personal injury claims.

  • Spinal Cord Injuries: Understanding the Most Common Causes

    Approximately 11,000 spinal cord injuries occur each year in Canada. Considering the life-changing effects they can have on a person and their entire family, they deserve some serious attention. There are a number of causes of spinal cord injuries and they differ in severity, though they all require intensive medical intervention.

    It’s important to recognize what a spinal cord injury is before we talk about the most common causes.

    What is a spinal cord injury?

    Damage to any part of the spinal cord, ligaments, vertebrae, discs of the spinal column, or the nerves at the end of the spinal canal is considered a spinal cord injury.

    The results of this damage are often changes in strength, sensitivity, or normal bodily function below the area that was injured. In many cases, these changes are irreversible.

    Other problems that come with spinal cord injuries are the secondary issues that can arise, such as inflammation, swelling, or even bleeding around the spinal cord.

    What are the most common causes?

    Sometimes, what we consider “œfreak” accidents cause spinal cord injuries. While these aren’t all that common, they do happen, however, we’re going to focus on the causes that occur most often.

    Here they are:

    • Motor vehicle accidents. These are the most frequent causes of spinal cord injuries. Car and motorcycle accidents account for the vast majority, approximately 46%. Motorcycle riders should always wear a helmet in order to protect, not only their head but their vulnerable spine.
    • Pedestrian accidents. Serious injuries can occur when a person on foot is struck by a car or other motor vehicle. Often, these injuries include broken bones and spinal cord damage.
    • Serious diseases. Certain diseases, such as cancer and arthritis, can cause harm to the spinal cord. Disc degeneration in the spine can also be a culprit.
    • Sports accidents. Athletes are obviously prone to injuries. In some cases, those injuries can be severe and a person will experience trauma to their spinal cord as a result. Sports related incidents account for about 9% of all spinal cord injuries.
    • Falls. While slip and fall accidents are more common in those over the age of 65, anyone can experience a misstep that result in an injured spinal cord.
    • Surgical complications. Sometimes, mistakes or mishaps occur during the course of surgery and the result is a serious spinal cord injury. Another surgery-related cause is post operation infection.
    • Bicycle accidents. A cyclist can face injury to their spinal cord when they are struck by a vehicle or other collisions. Failure to wear a helmet increases the chances of damage to the spine.

    Do you need representation?

    Spinal cord injuries carry the possibility of irreversible changes to one’s life, including their livelihood. Not only are these injuries life-altering, they can also be financially disastrous due to loss of income and the amount of care, long-term and short-term, that they require.

    If you or a loved one has experienced a spinal cord injury, you may need legal representation. The experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Yegendorf Rashid can help you discern what you may be entitled to.

  • Your spinal cord injury lawyers in Ottawa

    Spinal cord injuries can, in many circumstances, be catastrophic. We understand how spinal cord injuries create challenges for victims and their families. At Yegendorf LLP, we ensure you get full and fair compensation for the injury that resulted in constant pain and mobility issues. We are dedicated to helping you achieve a favorable outcome for your case.

    We have more than 50 years of combined experience in personal injury claims. We work with medical specialists to obtain the required documentation in the personal injury claim. As experienced spinal cord injury lawyers in Ontario, we place special focus on an individual’s unique case to get compensation for their past, future and current expenses and losses.

    We have massive experience in spinal cord cases

    Spinal cord injuries create challenges for accident victims as well as their family members. At Yegendorf Rashid, our lawyers know that victims of these injuries very often require advanced medical care for as long as they live. Tragically, 84 percent of people who suffer spinal cord injuries in Canada are under the age of 34, leaving them with the possibility of decades of constant pain and lack of mobility.

    The spinal cord injury lawyers at our Toronto law firm are dedicated to achieving favourable outcomes for individuals with spinal cord injuries in personal injury claims. Our lawyers have nearly 50 years of combined experience and are skilled at seeking full and fair compensation for our clients through insurance companies and other sources of recovery.

    We pursue full financial compensation for damages suffered due to negligence in motor vehicle accidents and slip-and-fall accidents.

  • We are here to help

    Our experienced attorneys are here for you. You can reach us on call 613-237-5000 or 1-866-303-5118 for a consultation. You may also visit our offices in Ottawa, Toronto and the GTA and throughout Eastern Ontario.


  • Decades of experience in helping
    victims of traffic accidents.

    Our personal injury law firm has decades of experience in helping victims of traffic accidents.
  • We Understand Health Care

    Understanding Healthcare is Our Strength
  • Protecting Victims Rights

    Our team of personal injury lawyers is committed to protecting the rights of victims of serious accidents.
  • Serious Injuries Are Our Specialty

    Our injury law firm focuses on cases involving brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and wrongful death.
  • Expertise in Accident Benefits

    Expertise in Accident Benefits Claims and Disputes.


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    Decades of Experience
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    We Understand Health Care
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    Protecting Victims Rights
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    Serious Injuries Are Our Specialty
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    Expertise in Accident Benefits

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Howard Yegendorf

of Our Ottawa Injury Law Firm

“Our results in catastrophic injury cases are measured in financial terms. But I have always felt that the true success in legal cases where lives have been shattered in an accident comes from a compassionate and thorough understanding of the deeply human costs involved.“
Howard Yegendorf, Founding Partner