Spinal Cord Injury: Causes, Statistics and Facts of SCI
There are approximately 11,000 new cases of reported spinal cord injuries each year throughout the United States. We also know that the average age at injury is increasing. Since 2000 the average age of a spinal cord injury survivor at the time of injury was 38 years. However, since then the percentage of people older than 60 years of age at time of injury has increased by nearly five percent (5%).
Your spinal cord is one of the most intricate and delicate parts of your body.
It is protected by an equally important structure, the spinal vertebrae, which allow you the flexibility to bend and move. Unfortunately, trauma and disease can have debilitating effects on the spinal cord. This can lead to mild to extreme types of paralysis, such as quadriplegia and paraplegia.
The impulse to move our body parts passes through a large network of nerves in the spinal cord. These nerves carry the signals from the brain to your various muscle groups. When the messages are interrupted through an injury along the spinal cord, you can potentially lose sensation and body function.
There are roughly 306,000 people in the United States who suffer from Spinal Cord Injury, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Database. These statistics show that the primary cause of SCI is vehicle accidents (42.1%) followed by falls (26.7%), violence (15.1%), sports injuries (7.6%) and other injuries (8.6%).
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is usually the result of trauma, a sudden blow or impact the spinal region that dislocates or fractures vertebrae. Auto accidents account for the largest number of spinal cord injuries which accounts to about 47 percent of all SCI. Falls follow in second with 23 percent, violence with14 percent and sports related accidents 9 percent, according to one study.
In many cases, the spinal cord injury sustained by the victim is usually no fault of their own, whether it be the driver of a motor vehicle, a defective product or property that has been neglected and allowed to become hazardous. When such a level of negligence exists, the victim of the spinal cord injury may have a legal claim.
Some common causes of Spinal cord injury include:
- Construction Accident
- Defective Product
- Recreational Accident
- Traumatic Falls
- Vehicle Accident
- Workplace Accident
The personal injury attorneys at the Ammons Law Firm can help you. Their personal injury law firm has more than 15 years of experience representing victims of traumatic accidents including those resulting in spinal cord injuries.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in an accident that resulted in a spinal cord injury, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, your pain, and your suffering
As a Spinal cord injury survivor you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, including:
- Broken Back
- Spinal Fracture
- Herniated Disc
- Spinal Cord Compression
- Fractured Vertebrae
- Loss of Bladder or Bowel Control
- Loss of Sexual Functioning
You need a lawyer who understands the physical and emotional pain spinal cord injury survivors endure. Our team of experts and attorneys can help you to recover the damages and compensation you deserve enabling you to lead a joyful and fruitful life.
The experienced trial lawyers at the Ammons Law Firm have dedicated themselves to helping people regain what they have lost through traumatic accidents. A spinal cord injury can drastically impact your life and that of your loved ones. You deserve a second chance. If you want legal advice from an experienced spinal cord lawyer you can trust, call us today at 1-866-523-1603 to learn more about your legal options.