Spinal injuries are among some of the most serious injuries the human body can suffer. This is true not just because of the serious physical trauma they represent or the immediate damage to the body’s messaging system they can cause, but due to the day-to-day effects of living with such injuries that can continue for the rest of a spinal injury victim’s life.
At Cuming & Gillespie, we’ve witnessed the significant impacts that spinal injuries can cause not only in the clients we’ve assisted, but also in our work with Calgary’s Foothills Hospital and the Brain Injury Patient Experience Program we helped found there, which also helps patients recovering from and learning to live with spinal injuries. Though spinal injury victims show tremendous courage, determination, and even optimism, there is no denying that they face more difficulties than they would have had their accidents never occurred.
Sometimes, these difficulties have more to do with the external Calgary community than they do with the internal spinal injury.
Some Calgary Spinal Injury Victims Can’t Even Find a Place to Live
There are many instances of spinal injuries that are so severe, the injured person will never be fully able to care for themselves again. They—or others—must bear the expense of a professional caretaker, or have to rely on spouses, children, or other family members or friends to provide the day-to-day care they need. Individuals with spinal injuries this severe also clearly experience a markedly reduced earning capacity and are generally less able to take part in everything Calgary has to offer.
Other spinal injury victims seem almost lucky by comparison. Even many paraplegics who are wheelchair-bound for the rest of their lives following a spinal injury are able to build new lives for themselves and gain complete independence with some adjustments. These injury victims face special problems of their own, however, such as a lack of affordable accessible housing in Calgary. In March, a story appeared on the CBC describing one spinal injury victim’s stay in a hospital that lasted months longer than necessary simply because he could not find a home that accommodated his new capabilities.
Stories like this illustrate quite clearly that the effects of spinal injuries aren’t limited to a certain period of healing or even to the direct effects of the injuries themselves. They can impact every aspect of an injury victim’s life. This is what makes them so serious, and why it is so important that spinal injury victims get the legal assistance they need to give them the best possible chance at putting their lives back together.
Legal Assistance for Your Calgary Spinal Injury
If you or a family member has suffered a spinal injury in a car accident, slip and fall, or other incident caused by someone else’s negligence, you deserve professional, compassionate, and informed assistance. At Cuming & Gillespie, we help spinal injury victims every day. Contact our office now for a free initial consultation.