Spinal cord injuries are among the most devastating and serious injuries that can be sustained in a car crash.
Spinal cord injuries occur when any part of the spinal cord, or the nerves at the end of the spinal canal, are damaged. They can have a range of effects on a person. Spinal cord injuries can impact not only your ability to move your limbs (i.e., arms and legs), but your ability to control your bodily functions as well.
The emotional and psychological impact of a spinal cord injury can be absolutely devastating.
According to statistics, there are as many as 17, 900 new spinal cord injuries each year and 78% of all new spinal cord cases are males.
Of course, these injuries can occur in any number of ways.
Here are 4 of the most common accidents that can lead to a spinal cord injury.
- Car Crashes.
Not surprisingly, the most common cause of spinal cord injuries is motor vehicle accidents. The impact of a car crash or an accident between a passenger car and a commercial truck, can cause a traumatic blow to the spine that can fracture, dislocate, crush or compress one of more of the vertebrae.
- Slips and Falls
Another common cause of neck and spinal cord injury is a fall. Slips and falls can occur anywhere of course, but if the accident occurs on someone else’s property, it raises the issue of premises liability. “Premises liability” refers to the legal duty every property owner has to keep his/her property in a reasonably safe condition and free from known defects.
- Gunshot Wounds
Acts of violence, including getting shot, account for a significant number of spinal cord injuries. While the rate of spinal cord injuries due to violence increased between 1973 and 1999, it significantly dropped in 2000.
- Motorcycle accidents.
Over the past 40 years, motorcycle accidents have consistently accounted for almost half of all the spinal cord injuries sustained.
Because of the seriousness of a spinal cord injury, if you are involved in any kind of accident – a car accident, a slip and fall, or anything else – it is critical that you seek medical attention immediately, and be sure to consult an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Personal Injury Attorneys in Cumming, Georgia.
The personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark Weinstein, P.C., are here to help you. We serve clients in Atlanta, and in several counties throughout Georgia, including: Clayton County, Cobb County, Dekalb County, Douglas County, Fulton County, and Paulding County, among others. To find out how we can help you, call us at: 770-888-7707. Or contact us here.