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Catastrophic impairment is a specific type of life-altering impairment that allows people involved in motor vehicle accidents access to certain benefits over the course of their lifetime.
Catastrophic injuries are often life changing and may include certain brain injuries, spinal cord injuries in Oakville, paraplegia and quadriplegia, and amputation among others. If you or a loved one has suffered from such an injury, it is important to speak to an Oakville catastrophic injury lawyer to pursue fair compensation.
Brain injuries can have a permanent negative impact on one’s cognitive ability to think and function in society, brain injury victims often have difficulty concentrating, learning, retaining or recalling information and/or to regulate their emotions. Brain injuries are classified as open or closed and assessed as mild, moderate or severe.
Like brain injuries, spinal cord injuries vary by type and severity. Spinal cord injuries each entail damage to the spinal cord that leads to impaired functions, loss of feeling or mobility. Such injuries are either complete or incomplete. A complete injury entails lost functioning below the neurological (brain) level and a total loss of motor and sensory function below a specific spinal level (cervical, thoracic, etc.). An incomplete injury entails impairment of functioning and sensation below the level of the injury with some functional ability and sensation and often some additional complications.
Oakville spinal cord injuries lead to damage below the injury level and can result in paraplegia or quadriplegia. Paraplegia is the impairment or paralysis of the motor of sensory function of one’s lower extremities, including loss of control of the bladder and bowel. Quadriplegia is the impairment or paralysis of the arms and lower extremities, though it is common to have fully functional arms with only the fingers not working.
Amputation accidents are another form of catastrophic injury. Such accidents are often both psychologically and physically damaging as they involve the amputation of all or part of one of more limbs or extremities, such as a leg, arm, hand, foot, fingers or toes. The result is a loss of function and sensation of a body part and often trauma associated with body image issues.
An amputee may be able to use artificial limbs and assistive devices if he or she is a suitable candidate and can exercise to improve muscle strength and control. However, even with a prosethic device, phantom limb pain (where the amputee feels a body part that no longer exists) is common in 50 to 80 percent of cases and heterotopic ossification may occur, which is when the bone grows, and can require further operations.
Catastrophic injuries are very serious and could require many steps in order for a victim to be able to perform daily physical necessities. Such injuries often require ongoing future medical care and treatment. In order to acquire the funds needed to cover the costs of this care, the catastrophic injury lawyers at Will Davidson LLP in Oakville will review the circumstances of your accident and assist you in developing a plan to get your life back on track.
All motor vehicle insurance policies contain accident benefit provisions for catastrophic injuries. The benefits recoverable can include income replacement benefits, medical benefits, rehabilitation benefits, attendant care benefits and educational benefits. Everyone in Ontario is entitled to accident benefit coverage under their insurance policy no matter who is at fault for the accident.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident, our catastrophic injury lawyers are located in Oakville and also serve surrounding areas including Mississauga, Burlington and Brampton. For over 90 years, Will Davidson LLP has been representing families in catastrophic injury cases, motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice injuries, and many more.
Call us today at 1-866-503-8757 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at our firm in Oakville.