Thousands of Canadians experience a spinal cord injury each year. These injuries are devastating and can result in life long care causing significant physical challenges and emotional stress. Living with a spinal cord injury is extremely costly and can result in life long medical bills, loss of income, lengthy hospital stays, rehabilitation services and more.
Below are recent statistics on spinal cord injuries:
- There are about 1,500 new spinal cord injuries a year in Canada.
- About 86,000 people are currently living with a SCI.
- The average age of injury is 42 years.
- Male’s account for about 67% of all spinal cord injuries.
A spinal cord injury can be sudden. It can happen at any given time from playing your favorite sport, a motor vehicle accident, serious fall, or any high-risk activity.
It is important to know the symptoms and seek immediate medical attention after any accident. The most common symptoms include:
- Pain, numbness or a burning sensation
- Inability to move or walk
- Inability to feel pressure, heat or cold
- Muscle spasms
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Difficulty breathing
Every injury is different and not all spinal cord injuries present immediate symptoms. Depending on the severity and location of an injury, symptoms may be delayed due to swelling and bleeding around the spinal cord.
As we enter into Spinal Cord Injury Awareness month in September it’s important to know the facts, be aware of the symptoms and show your support by wearing green in the month of September.
If you or a loved one is injured in any type of accident and suffer a spinal cord injury, call Cariati Law at 289-807-5165. When you call, you will speak with an experienced Toronto, Mississauga and Hamilton, Ontario Accident lawyer for FREE. We will investigate every detail of your accident claim and fight to protect your rights to the full and fair compensation, and medical services you deserve.
At Cariati Law, you will never pay a lawyer’s fee up front, and you owe us nothing unless we recover for you. At Cariati Law, we don’t get paid until you do.
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