Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers

Injury to the Spinal Cord

Having a spinal cord injury will likely mean that your son, brother, or husband is unable to cope with the profound legal issues that arise. Family or friends are not equipped to advocate effectively in the best interest of the injured person. Although a mother, daughter or sister may also be a victim, 80 percent of reported spinal cord injuries occur in young men and over 35 percent are caused by motor vehicle crashes.

At Holness Law Group we understand this type of injury. Lawyer Mr. Renn Holness is proud to be the son of prominent Neurosurgeon Dr. R.O. Holness and has represented many people suffering spinal cord injury. Experienced, reputable, accomplished, and committed, our spinal cord injury lawyers provide complete legal care and always strives for the best compensation in ICBC settlement or court awards.

Neurosurgeon, Dr. Renn Holness explains the medical, financial, and social costs of spinal cord injuries.


Quadriplegia and paraplegia are catastrophic claims that can often be improved with the direction of an experienced spinal cord injury lawyer. Damage is usually caused in one of five ways: (1) concussion; (2) contusion; (3) compression; (4) tearing; or (5) complete severing, and many occur as a result of motor vehicle accidents, falls, or sporting activities.

To help determine future rehabilitation and recovery needs the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) developed a system to define and describe the extent and severity of a patient’s spinal cord damage which has been accepted and used worldwide. The patient’s grade is based on the amount of sensation at multiple points on the body and tests of motor function. An experienced spinal cord injury lawyer in BC needs to understand the nature of the diagnosis in order to seek the best compensation under Provincial law.

The ASIA Impairment Scale consists of grades that assess function below the level of the injury: Grade A- complete lack of function; Grade B- some sensation below the level; Grade C- some muscle movement but 50 % of the muscles below cannot move against gravity; Grade D- most of the muscles that are spared are strong enough to move against gravity; Grade E- All neurologic function has returned.

Special Attention for Your Spinal Cord Injury

All our clients receive attention unique to their condition and depending upon the extent of the trauma we will assist with coordinating medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, and programs to promote financial, social, physical and emotional well being . The needs of paraplegics, tetraplegics, quadriplegics and claimants suffering neurological disorder are well understood by our lawyers. Becoming part of the Holness Law Group family is a simple and effective way to gain peace of mind. We always provide a free consultation so you understand your options without charge.

How to Get Fair Compensation for a Spinal Cord Injury

Not the suing type? Understanding the type of paralysis and what can be legally claimed are critical to your best financial recovery. For catastrophic loss caused by spinal cord trauma, items such as management fees, tax gross-up, and structured settlement all have to be considered before settlement or a court proceeding. Serious and major loss will involve complex cost of care claims, in-trust claims, ICBC policy limits issues, Under insured motorist protection, and caps on pain and suffering awards by the court.

Get a professional spinal cord injury lawyer Holness Law Group to ensure your claim for compensation provides for a high standard of future care which will give you maximum life expectancy.