June 23, 2015
It's impossible for most people in Calgary—for most people around the world—to imagine. Losing the use of your legs, your arms, or even most of your body from the neck down and becoming dependent on others for your day-to-day needs and cares. A career cut short, a family life irrevocably altered, and an inner sense of self that is often even more shattered than the outer shell.
Experiencing an injury that leads to paraplegia or quadriplegia is devastating in the truest sense of the word. When that injury occurs as the result of a preventable accident, in an incident where simply taking greater care would have prevented any injury at all, the amount of bitterness, frustration, anger, and regret that can build up is enormous. While that's perfectly understandable, it isn't productive.
Seeking justice in Calgary's courts, and finding a way to support the journey towards a new approach to life, enables the victims of paraplegic and quadriplegic injuries to define their own future, to let past sources of anger and defeat fade, and to establish stronger senses of themselves and how to achieve the success they undoubtedly deserve. While nothing can ever make up for such dramatic changes to your body's capabilities, seeking just compensation from those who cause your injuries can be an important step to physical, emotional, and psychological recovery.
Personal Injuries Hardly Get More Personal
For many paraplegics and quadriplegics in the Calgary area, the most personal and intimate of functions become a laborious chore, if not outright impossible. This, in and of itself, can have profound psychological effects in addition to greatly limiting or complicating a variety of opportunities. Urinary, excretory, and sexual functions are typically avoided in "polite" conversation, but for those experiencing damage severe enough to cause paraplegia or quadriplegia the inability to voluntarily and self-sufficiently control these functions can overshadow much of their life.
Dealing with these and other issues can also take a significant toll on the family and friends of those impacted by paraplegic and quadriplegic injuries, such that a simple accident can truly affect every single area of a person's physical and emotional life. The life pieced back together following such an injury is never the same as it was before. Spouses and/or other family members might have to provide round-the-clock care, travel is far more prohibitive, and truly everyone in the household has to make major adjustments.
In the midst of this very real emotional and psychological turmoil, the real financial costs of a paraplegic or quadriplegic injury in Calgary also begin to multiply: lost income for the victim and potentially the spouse/family members that care for the victim; additional medical expenses including at-home medical equipment; special transportation needs; the list goes on. Injuries this serious can truly cost a family everything, and the responsible party ought to pay.
Calgary Personal Injury Lawyers for Paraplegic & Quadriplegic Injuries
At Cuming & Gillespie, plaintiff-side personal injury law is all we do. We've worked with many inspiring paraplegic and quadriplegic injury victims who have surmounted the additional challenges their injuries caused, have sought and won the justice they deserved, and have built better lives for themselves and their families.
If you'd like your story to have a similar ending, please give our office a call today and see how we can help.
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