The 5 Most Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
An injury to the spinal cord is about the worst possible injury a person could go through. Many people assume that car accidents are the main cause of these types of injuries, and while they do cause about one in three spinal cord injuries, they’re not the only cause. Read on to learn more and then contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 if you or a loved one has suffered an injury as the result of another person or entity acting carelessly or recklessly.
- Vehicle accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Violence accounts for many spinal cord injures
- Sport injuries
35% of all spinal cord injuries are the result of some type of vehicle accident, whether a car, truck or motorcycle accident. As expected, this is the most common type of accident that injuries the spinal cord. Severity of this type of spinal cord accident varies but they can be life-changing.
For people 65 years and older, about one in four spinal cord injuries are caused by falling. Others can injure their spinal cord with a slip and fall as well, but as a person ages they become more fragile and this applies to the spinal cord too.
When you think about spinal cord injury causes, don’t forger violence. Whether from a gunshot wound, a knife wound, or a blunt force trauma, about 15% of injuries to the spinal cord are the result of some type of violence, most often by a person the victim knows.
Various sport and recreational activities can be extremely dangerous. When most people think of dangerous athletic activities they likely think of football or hockey, but even non-contact sports can cause injury to the spinal cord. Swimming and track and field are two examples. Just shy of 9% of spinal cord injuries in the United States are caused by a sporting injury.
There a number of disease and medical conditions that can result in spinal cord injuries. The top examples are cancer, arthritis, and other medical conditions that cause or result in inflammation. About 25% of spinal cord injuries throughout the United States involve alcohol in some way. As a result, those who abuse alcohol are more likely to suffer from a spinal cord injury.
If you or a loved one has injured their spinal cord then there are steps you can take
Whether it was you who was injured in an accident, or a loved one whose life was changed forever, you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. If the accident happened less than two years ago and you have evidence that the injury was the direct result of someone else acting negligently or recklessly, then we want to hear from you.
Contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 today for a free legal consultation. If we decide to take your case, we’ll take it on a contingency basis which means you won’t owe us anything until we win your case. Today is the day to find out what your options are.