A Closer Look at Spinal Cord Injuries
The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) (opens in a PDF) reports that about 12,500 new cases of spinal cord injury occur annually. Somewhere between 240,000 and 337,000 people are currently living with spinal cord injuries across the nation. The average age of injury is now 42, up from 29 in the 1970's. Approximately 80 percent of all spinal cord injury sufferers are men and most are sustained in vehicle crashes, falls, acts of violence, and sports. Most spinal cord injury sufferers spend about eleven days in the hospital, and many are transported to rehabilitation centers afterwards. The most commonly suffered injury is incomplete tetraplegia, followed by paraplegia. Less than one percent of spinal cord injury sufferers recovery completely from their injuries.
Top Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries will most often result from:
- Truck and motor vehicle accidents: Truck and car accidents result in thousands of spinal cord injuries annually. The force involved in the accident can greatly injure or sever the sensitive spinal cord. Despite advances in vehicle safety, the spinal cord remains highly vulnerable in the event of an accident.
- Falls: Falls can include slip and falls as well as workplace accident falls. More severe spinal cord injuries often result from falls from heights. The number of spinal cord injuries linked to falls appears to be on the rise and a number are occurring in older adults who are victims of slip and falls.
- Acts of violence: Gunshot wounds are a common cause of spinal cord injuries, as are assaults and batteries. If you sustained a gunshot wound due to an act of violence on the property of another, the property owner can be liable under the theory of negligent security.
- Sports injuries: Sports players, including youth athletes and professional sports players, are all prone to spinal cord injuries. The organizers of sports teams should be held accountable if evidence of negligence exists.
Spinal cord injuries can range from partial or complete paralysis. Victims can experience impaired breathing, loss of movement in the legs or lower portion of the body, and weakness. In severe cases, range of movement cannot be restored despite extensive rehabilitation. A spinal cord injury is life changing and can greatly impair your ability to work and return to normal life functions.
Those who have experienced a spinal cord injury should consult with an attorney as soon as possible to explore potential recovery options, as spinal cord sufferers will likely incur massive medical bills, require time off work and can even be permanently disabled.
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If you have experienced a spinal cord injury that may be linked to negligence, call the Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. Our firm brings over 35 years of experience to your personal injury case. We offer zealous and knowledgeable representation for each injured client and their families and accept cases across Georgia and in the Southeast. Prompt action is vital to the success of your personal injury case. As such, do not delay in seeking legal assistance as your time to file a claim after your injury is limited.
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