Top 5 Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

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There are about 12,000 new cases of spinal cord injuries annually in the United States. As of 2013, the number of people in the United States living with a spinal cord injury was approximately 300,000.

Spinal cord injuries primarily affect young adults, with half of all spinal cord injuries occurring between the ages of 16 and 30.

More than 80 percent of all spinal cord injuries occur among males, while Caucasians make up between 67 and 77 percent of all those with spinal cord injuries.

Spinal cord injuries are generally the result of a broken neck or broken back which results in damage to the nerves of the spinal cord, inside the spinal column.

The five causes of spinal cord injuries are:

1. Automobile accidents

Automobile accidents are the cause of nearly 45 percent of all spinal cord injuries. Under the umbrella term of “automobile accidents,” car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle, pedestrian, three and four-wheelers, snowmobiles, boats and airplane accidents are all included.

During an auto accident, a sudden, traumatic blow to the spine can result in dislocation, fracturing, compression, or crushing to one or more of the vertebrae. For days, or even weeks after the injury, additional damages can occur due to swelling, inflammation, bleeding or accumulation of fluid in and around the spinal cord.

2. Domestic & Industrial accidents

Domestic and industrial accidents (primarily falls) are the cause of 26-34 percent of all spinal cord injuries, with about 12-14 percent of those occurring at work. Slip and falls, trips, or stumbling accidents are biggest cause of domestic spinal cord injuries, and mostly occur in the home.

Other types of falls which can cause a spinal cord injury, both in the home and at work include: falling on stairs, falls off a ladder, falling in the shower, falls from one level to another, falls from a tree, falls from a bed, falls from scaffolding, falls due to ice and snow, intentional self-harm by jumping from a high place, falls from a cliff, falls from colliding with another person, and “unknown” types of falls.

3. Sports Injuries

Sports injuries are the cause of anywhere from 8-15 percent of all spinal cord injuries. Within the category of spinal cord sports injuries, diving accidents cause the majority of those injuries, at nearly 67 percent. Diving accidents are followed by football, winter sports, surfing, trampoline, wrestling, gymnastics, horseback riding and “other accidents.

4. Assault

Assault and other acts of violence account for between 6 and 14 percent of all spinal cord injuries. Gunshot wounds make up the majority of spinal cord injuries in the assault category, followed by person-to-person assault with a blunt object, falls as a result of being pushed, and penetrating wounds from explosions, stabbing and impalement.

5. Other

“Other/Unknown” causes make up the remainder of all spinal cord injuries. This category can include infection of the spinal nerve cells, cysts or tumors which press on the spinal cord, congenital medical conditions which affect the spinal column, such as spina bifida, self-harm, complications following a surgery, corrective surgery for spinal deformity and interruption of the blood supply to the spinal cord.

When the spine is injured, pain may be felt in the affected part of the back or neck, and the nerves at or below the site of the injury malfunction, causing a loss of sensation as well as a loss of muscle control. This loss of sensation can be temporary, permanent, partial or total. A blunt injury which jars the spinal cord may cause only a temporary loss of sensation, lasting days, weeks or months, but when the spinal cord is severed, a permanent loss of sensation is experienced.

If you have suffered a spinal cord injury due to the negligent or deliberate act of another, it is important that you speak to an experienced Mississippi spinal cord attorney who can advocate on your behalf, ensuring you receive compensation for your injuries.

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At Coxwell & Associates, PLLC, our attorneys believe in fighting aggressively for injured Mississippi accident victims – to ensure that they receive the money they need to fully recover. We can help you obtain the money you need to fully recover. Contact Coxwell & Associates today at 1-601-948-1600 or 1-877-231-1600.

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