Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Injuries and accidents are an unfortunate fact of life, with seldom (if any) people going through life unscathed. However, many people are fortunate enough to avoid the more serious types of injury that are classified as “traumatic” injuries. One type of traumatic injury is a spinal cord injury, which can greatly affect a person’s functions, sensations, and mobility. For those who suffer from a spinal cord injury, the effects can be devastating and, unfortunately, are likely to be lifelong. Because of the physical, mental, and financial ramifications of a spinal cord injury, those who are injured as the result of reckless or negligent actions are likely to be due significant financial compensation. The personal injury attorneys at Tawwater Law Firm have a great deal of experience representing victims of spinal cord injuries and understand the intricacies of these types of cases. We are happy to discuss with our Oklahoma City clients common spinal cord injury causes and when it is appropriate to take legal action.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injury
A spinal cord injury occurs when the spine or neck is twisted, jolted, impacted, or impaled with such force that the spinal cord is disrupted and function, sensation, and/or mobility are altered. These unfortunate injuries are more common than one may think, and it is estimated that roughly 30 new spinal cord injuries occur each day. There are many possible causes of spinal cord injuries, including:
- Automobile accidents, including car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents (these make up for an overwhelming 42 percent of spinal cord injuries)
- Slip or fall (which account for roughly 22 percent of spinal cord injuries)
- Sporting accidents or injuries
- Construction site accidents
- Industrial accidents
- Diving accidents (due to a person diving into shallow water)
- Blunt trauma
- Physical assault
Unfortunately, in most cases of spinal cord injury, despite the exact cause, the accident and injury were preventable, and could have been avoided had proper precautions been taken.
When to Seek Legal Action
While each of the possible causes of spinal cord injury is unique, there is often one underlying cause of spinal cord injury that is common in most cases, and that is reckless or negligent behavior. Whether a spinal cord injury took place in a car, at work, or in someone’s home, most could have been avoided if proper precautions were taken by other individuals or parties. If a spinal cord injury results from the willful, reckless, or negligent actions of another, it is wise to take legal action. The responsible party can and should be held accountable for damages suffered. The personal injury attorneys at Tawwater Law Firm can help clients collect compensation for damages including medical expenses, lifetime care expenses, loss of wages, and pain and suffering. We work hard to ensure that our patients are compensated as fairly as possible for the physical, emotional, and financial hardships that they are forced to endure.
Schedule a Consultation
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, the personal injury attorneys at Tawwater Law Firm would like to help you pursuit just compensation. We will work hard to ensure that your rights are protected and that responsible parties are held accountable for your injury. Schedule a consultation at your earliest convenience to discuss the details of your case and learn more about your legal options. We look forward to hearing from you!