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What Is the Leading Cause of Spinal Cord Injuries?

Spinal cord injuries can be extremely painful and damaging, not to mention complex and long-lasting. These types of injuries can occur anywhere, anytime, and they can cause long-term damage, lifelong pain, or they may even be fatal. Some accidents could be the result of a workplace accident, while others might occur while on vacation, or while performing everyday tasks, like picking up your children from school.

Because spinal injuries can be so catastrophic, it’s important to discover why and how these accidents are occurring in order to identify the liable party and prevent future accidents. If you already suffered a spinal injury, learning more about what caused your accident can be instrumental in understanding who could be liable for the damage you sustained.

Some of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Falls
  • Acts of violence (especially gunshots)
  • Sports injuries
  • Medical or surgical complications

According to The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, most spinal cord injuries in the United States are caused by car accidents. Motor vehicle accidents accounted for 38% of all spinal cord injuries in 2016, followed closely by falls at 30.5%, and acts of violence, (primarily gunshot wounds) at 13.5%. Other notable causes included sports injuries (9%), and medical or surgical complications (5%). The other 4% of reported spinal cord injuries were caused by other, miscellaneous accidents.

Additional Spinal Injury Facts

Data from 2016 also tells us that roughly 54 people per million suffer spinal cord injuries each year, with men accounting for 80% of all new spinal cord injuries. The average age of spinal cord injury victims is 42 years, compared to 29, which was the average age in the 1970s.

Additionally, we know that, on average, spinal cord injury victims receive acute hospital care for 11 days and rehabilitation care for about 35 days.

Understanding the Damage

As with any injury, the lasting damage of a spinal cord injury can vary significantly. But, the data collected by the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center does tell us that less than 1% of all spinal cord injury survivors experience complete neurological recovery by the time they are discharged from the hospital. In fact, 45% experience incomplete quadriplegia and 21.3% experience incomplete paraplegia, while 20% experience complete paraplegia and 13.3% experience complete quadriplegia. Only 0.4% are at a normal neurological level when they are discharged from the hospital.

Scarlett Law Firm Can Help

If you or someone you love suffered a spinal cord injury due to someone else’s negligence or mistake, our firm is here to help you take legal action. We understand how complex, painful, and traumatizing this time can be, which is why we are committed to using our experience and legal knowledge to help you through each step of the process. We want to hold the negligent party responsible for their careless actions while helping you obtain the compensation you deserve.

Contact Scarlett Law Group today to get started.


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