What is a Spinal Cord Injury?
Whether a spinal cord injury results from a car accident, fall or other cause, the impact on the lives of spinal injury victims and families can be devastating, and can also mean a lifetime of medical costs. A spinal cord injury consists of damage to the spinal cord that results in full or partial loss of motor control or sensation. The spinal cord is responsible for a wide range of bodily functions, therefore these injuries can leave victims paralyzed in the lower parts of their body or in all four limbs, as well as suffering from a broad range of permanent health issues.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries?
Typically, spinal cord injury is the result of a traumatic injury. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, common causes of spinal cord injury are:
- motor vehicle accidents (42.1%)
- falls (26.7%)
- violent acts, ex: gunshot wounds (15.1%) and
- recreational sports activities (7.6%)
Spinal cord injuries can also be caused by risky surgical procedures involving the back and neck. In cases in which the injury could have been avoided, the error may rise to the level of medical malpractice.
In cases in which a spinal cord injury is based on negligence, such as an automobile accident or slip and fall, you will need to prove that the party being sued is legally responsible, or at fault for your injuries. If a spinal injury was caused by a defective or dangerous product, such as a faulty seat belt or airbag, one may be entitled to compensation from the companies that designed, manufactured and sold the product.