Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
At Campisi LLP, our experienced and compassionate personal injury lawyers assist individuals who have suffered spinal cord injuries to receive the care and compensation they deserve. We understand that a spinal cord injury can have devastating effects and change your life forever. Considering the pain, loss of mobility, rehabilitation and mounting costs, recovery can seem daunting and out of reach. We know how quickly costs can begin to spiral out of control, and we will help you work with your healthcare team, employer and insurer to make sure you have all the benefits you deserve to plan for the present and the future.
A spinal cord injury can cause profound impairment which can require lifelong care. Because the long-term potential impact of such an injury is difficult to assess and understand, you should speak to our expert lawyers as soon as possible after the incident for free, no-obligation advice.
Can I get help with my rehabilitation?
Yes, we have extensive experience in managing our clients’ rehabilitation needs. if you were injured in a car accident, we will help you file your application for Accident Benefits, support your treatment providers and arrange for medical assessments to determine if your spinal cord injury is a catastrophic impairment , a designation that provides access to increased funding for medical and rehabilitation expenses. We recognize that dealing with your insurance company can be intimidating and overwhelming, particularly in the case of an incomplete spinal cord injury where they might try to minimize your impairment. We will make sure you are treated fairly and will litigate on your behalf if it is necessary to get you the care you need.
Whether your spinal cord injury happened in a vehicle accident, a slip and fall or for any other reason, we can provide a free consultation to discuss your needs, as well as your rights in a potential lawsuit. We will consult with the necessary medical experts in assessing and treating spinal cord injuries to ensure that you receive the treatment, rehabilitation and compensation you deserve.
We will look at your case for free, and you don’t pay anything until your case is won or settled.
When do I need to file my lawsuit?
In general, you have two years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit. However, lawsuits against municipalities require that notice of a pending suit be submitted within 10 days following the accident date. Speak to our spinal cord injury lawyers right away to ensure you file your case within the proper time limits.
NOTE: The two-year limitation period does not begin for a child until they reach the age of 18 in Ontario. This does not mean you should wait to speak to our pediatric injury experts. It is important that you discuss your child’s case with our personal injury lawyers right away to ensure the case is investigated and managed properly from the start. As these claims can go on for many years while the child’s development continues, it is important to lay the right groundwork.
How much compensation can I get?
Although compensation depends on the specific circumstances of the case, spinal cord injury claims can result in very large damages awards because of the potential for all areas of your life to be impacted permanently. As a result, we ensure the defendant pays damages for potential difficulties that may not arise until years after the injury was sustained.
Damages for pain and suffering (called “general damages”) are only one aspect of your overall claim. Since there is no accurate way to put a monetary value to your losses from pain and suffering, our courts have set a cap on the amount you can recover. For the most serious injuries, the cap is approximately $390,000 as of July 2019. Compared to American lawsuits, where there is no similar cap, this is a small award. However, there are other significant areas of compensation, including:
- Past and future loss of income or earning potential;
- Future cost of care;
- Loss of housekeeping and home maintenance capacity.
Damages under these headings have no cap and are determined through expert analysis. They can total millions of dollars, depending on the specific life circumstances of the victim. At Campisi LLP, we have extensive experience determining appropriate ranges of damages for our clients. We engage leading economists, vocational and other experts to ensure we accurately calculate our clients’ needs so that you can rest assured that you will be taken care of, now and in the future.
You might also be entitled to recover:
- Economic losses incurred by family members;
- Cost of future attendant care;
- Cost of caregiving;
- Loss of shared family income;
- Loss of care, guidance and companionship suffered by your immediate family;
- Out of pocket expenses;
- and more.
Medical expenses, including rehabilitation;
- Costs of adapting/modifying homes and vehicles;
- Out of pocket expenses;
- Ventilator- if injury is above C4;
- Mobility aides (scooters, wheelchairs);
- Climate controls;
- Specialized computer software;
- Genitourinary and bowel supplies/ equipment;
- Family/marital counseling;
- and more.
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, you need the services of a knowledgeable and dedicated personal injury lawyer. We want to help you reach your full recovery potential, and we are ready to fight for the compensation you deserve. We will look at your case for free, and you don’t pay anything until your case is won or settled.
In many serious personal injury claims, it can be challenging to identify sufficient insurance coverage to fully compensate an injury victim. We have this expertise, and have provided valuable insight in presentations at legal conferences on how to access all available sources of compensation for our clients, including:
- Umbrella policies and reinsurance (e.g.: commercial landlord or tavern liability claims),
- Insurance brokers (e.g.; negligent representation to a defendant regarding coverage),
- Property owners (failure to maintain property safe for use),
- School boards (e.g.: negligent supervision)
- Municipalities (e.g: construction hazards, substandard road maintenance).
Can I file a lawsuit to claim compensation?
You can commence a lawsuit to claim compensation if your spinal cord injury was caused in whole or in part by the negligence of another party. Examples include:
Negligent, distracted or drunk drivers;
Failure by a municipality to maintain the roads or a public area to the required standards;
Failure to implement proper safeguards and procedures, such as for the supervision of children, the service of alcohol and more;
Failure by individuals or corporations to meet Occupiers’ Liability standards;
Medical negligence and malpractice, including improper diagnosis, failure to diagnose and surgical error.
If your injury involved a motor vehicle, Ontario has an Accident Benefits system that is designed to provide you with fast access to essential benefits when you are injured, regardless of who is to blame for the accident. They are often referred to as No-Fault Benefits. Under the no-fault system, each person deals directly with their own car insurance company for health care, income replacement and other benefits. Note that if you were injured on a snowmobile, ATV or other recreational vehicle, you might also be entitled to no-fault benefits.
We have achieved exceptional results for our clients against some of the world’s largest and most prominent insurance companies, law firms and corporations including: AIG, Allstate, Aviva, Chubb, Cooperators, Desjardins, Economical, Intact, Lloyd’s, Northbridge, RBC, RSA, TD, Travelers, Wawanesa and Zurich, among others. Contact us today to learn how Campisi’s experts can help you with your case.
We Win Cases That Change The Law
At Campisi LLP, you and your family are in good hands. Our Managing Partner is not only an exemplary personal injury lawyer and a past member of the Brain Injury Society of Toronto, he is a Professor of Insurance Law at one of Canada’s top law schools – the only Personal Injury Lawyer in Ontario with a Ph.D. in Insurance Law. Our lawyers have successfully represented thousands of clients with serious injuries like these, and use their extensive knowledge of the law, the medicine and the insurance system to win your case.
We Guarantee to Always Put Your Future First
You don’t pay for anything until your case is won or settled. We treat you as we would our family, making ourselves available 7 days a week to guide you through these difficult times. We are selective when taking on new clients so that you receive the attention you deserve, and the commitment to win your case.