Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
According to the University of Alabama at Birmingham's National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, approximately 12,000 people per year will suffer from a spinal cord injury. The most common causes of injury include:
- Motor vehicle accidents: Most spinal cord injuries occur as a result of a car or motorcycle accident. Some injuries may be the result of another party driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, or driving recklessly.
- Sports and recreational accidents: Participation in impact sports such as football, rugby, and wrestling is the second most common cause of spinal cord injuries in Americans 30 years of age and younger.
- Slips and falls: Nearly 25 percent of injuries are a result of slips and falls. Injuries can be the result of unsafe conditions such as wet floors, tripping hazards, and improper safety guidelines.
- Violent acts: A gunshot, stabbing, or violent assault can result in catastrophic damage to the spinal cord.
Importance of Seeking Legal Representation
Regardless of the severity, most people suffering from a spinal cord injury will experience staggering medical bills, extensive rehabilitation costs, and physical and emotional distress. Additionally, the injured party may have expenses that are a direct result of the disability, such as wheelchairs, housing improvements, personal care, transportation, and medical supplies.
We will work vigorously to help you receive the best treatment, obtain the compensation you deserve, and help you live as comfortably as possible during this very difficult time.
Even with good medical coverage, an injured party may be left without adequate financial resources to cover ongoing expenses. Our personal injury experts will partner with you to evaluate your case, and if warranted, file suit against a negligent or liable party. We will work vigorously to help you receive the best treatment, obtain the compensation you deserve, and help you live as comfortably as possible during this very difficult time.
In some cases, a spinal cord injury can result in the death of a family member or loved one. If you have lost a loved one following a spinal cord injury, the attorneys at Rubin & Machado have been successful in securing settlements and will provide the representation necessary to hold the responsible party liable.