Causes of Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injuries can have life-altering effects, and often lead to full or partial paralysis. In addition to the physical and emotional impact of the injury, victims and their loved ones often face high medical bills, lost wages, and many other expenses. There are many causes of spinal cord injury that we can investigate to help establish liability. Our San Diego, CA, attorneys can help you build your case to seek compensation for your losses and suffering. It is essential to work with an experienced, proven legal team who knows how to handle all of these circumstances. Contact our firm to learn more about the different causes of spinal cord injury and to find out how we can help you seek financial restitution.

Spinal Cord Injuries and Their Effects

Your spinal cord is a group of nerves that runs along your spine, protected by the vertebrae. These nerves carry important signals from your brain to the rest of your body. When you suffer a spinal cord injury, it can disrupt the nerve signals and lead to loss of movement and sensation. A spinal cord injury may be complete, which will cause full paralysis below the level of the damage. However, if you have a partial injury, you could still retain limited movement or feeling in the affected area.

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According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, motor vehicle accidents are the number one reason for serious spine damage.

Reasons for Spinal Cord Injuries

Serious spinal cord injuries can occur for many different reasons. Far too often, someone else’s negligent or reckless behavior is to blame.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

If you have been involved in a collision, the sudden stop can strain your spine. Often, it can cause fractures, herniated discs, and spondylolisthesis, among other problems. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, motor vehicle accidents are the number one reason for serious spine damage. In a report released in 2015, 32.8 percent of all spine injuries occurred in car accidents. An additional 6 percent of spine injuries are the result of motorcycle accidents

Slip and Fall Accidents

About 20 percent of spinal cord injuries occur because of slips and falls. These types of accidents are most likely to affect senior citizens. Often, falls are the result of poorly maintained property. Uneven stairs, dim lighting, crooked sidewalks, and obstacles in walkways can all pose serious hazards.

Acts of Violence

Acts of violence cause over 16 percent of all spinal injuries. Gunshot wounds are the most common form. Resulting damage can be devastating because the bullet can tear or even completely sever the spinal cord. Physical blows, knife wounds, and explosions less commonly lead to spine injuries.

Sports Injuries

Spinal cord injuries regularly occur because of sporting accidents, especially in diving. Though these incidents are often tragic, they can also be the result of negligence. For example, improperly trained employees, defective safety equipment, or an improperly labeled pool can all lead to serious harm.

Medical Malpractice

Though less common than other causes, spinal cord injuries as a result of medical malpractice can be especially devastating. When you rely on a doctor’s expertise and care, their negligence can significantly impact your life. Malpractice can include surgical errors, delayed diagnoses, and faulty diagnoses, among other errors.

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The Importance of Experienced Legal Counsel

Because there are many causes of spinal cord injury, it is vital that you work with a highly experienced and proven lawyer. The particular cause of your spine damage will impact how your establish liability. It will also determine the most effective arguments and tools in your case. Our lawyers have years of experience and a successful track record with personal injury law. They offer compassionate assistance, and can guide you through every step of your lawsuit. With our dedicated, tireless help, you can focus on recovery and your future.

Seek Deserved Compensation

A spinal cord injury can lead to lasting, severe consequences. If your injury was caused by another's reckless or negligent behavior, do not suffer in silence. Contact us today to find out if you have a viable spinal cord injury lawsuit.