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Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injuries happen in a variety of situations and they often drastically impact a person’s quality of life. A spinal cord injury (SCI) can lead to partial or complete paralysis of the legs and/or arms, as well as loss of sensation in certain areas of the body, muscle spasms, pain, and loss of bowel and bladder control. The degree of paralysis depends upon the level and the extent of injury to the spinal cord.

Spinal cord injuries are categorized as complete or incomplete. A complete spinal cord injury results in paralysis below the site of the injury. There is no feeling or voluntary movement, and both sides of the body are affected equally.

An incomplete spinal cord injury occurs when only part of the cord is damaged through a tear, spinal cord compression or other injury. People with incomplete injuries may experience partial paralysis. They may retain some feeling and voluntary movement on one or both sides of the body. Incomplete spinal cord injuries have become more common, thanks to advances in medical treatment.

Our lawyers work to overcome the misperception that incomplete spinal cord injuries are less serious than complete spinal cord injuries. We know that incomplete SCIs present their own set of challenges and complications, different from complete SCIs. For example, a person with an incomplete SCI may experience severe constant pain that is impossible to ignore. The chronic pain can be debilitating to the point where the person cannot function as normal.

We have been instrumental in obtaining compensation for the health care costs associated with our clients’ long-term needs for medical care, rehabilitation and assistive aids and devices. People who have suffered from a spinal cord injury often are forced to take on enormous health care costs for the rest of their lives. We work with a team of medical specialists and certified life care planners to project the injured person’s future needs and ensure that they receive an award on damages that adequately compensates them for these extraordinary costs. In addition to the testimony of medical experts, we use models, animation and other demonstrative evidence to explain how the spinal cord injury affects function. For example, we may produce a day-in-the-life video to illustrate the challenges our clients face because of the injuries they’ve suffered.

We have a strong history of success in obtaining full compensation for loss of income and earning capacity, pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.

Our law firm has achieved positive results for clients who sustained complete and incomplete spinal cord injuries, including those that resulted in hemiplegia, paraplegia and quadriplegia (also known as tetraplegia). We are knowledgeable about emerging medical technologies and assistive devices that can assist injured people to remain as independent as possible. Our goal is to obtain our clients compensation that will allow them access to modern treatments and rehabilitation, which assist people with spinal cord injuries to lead productive, independent lives.

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About McLeish Orlando

McLeish Orlando is a Toronto personal injury law firm representing people who have been seriously injured and family members who have lost a loved one through the negligence of others. McLeish Orlando is a recognized leader within wrongful death and personal injury law. We represent people who have suffered brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and serious orthopaedic injuries. We strive for a fair settlement and the best possible results for our clients.

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