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What are Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries?

Categorized as Spine Injury

When someone suffers a spinal cord injury, it’s crucial to determine whether the cause was an act of negligence or if it is something that can happen in a sport or other physical contact. Unfortunately, there are many potential causes of spinal cord injuries.

As these types of injuries can result in complete paralysis, understanding if negligence was involved can help your seek compensation to cover the lifelong costs associated with this type of injury. Here are some of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries and just how serious they can be.

Leading SCI Causes

  • Car Accidents: Car accidents serve as the biggest and most common cause of spinal cord injuries, accounting for roughly 29% of male injuries and 48% of female injuries in auto accidents in 2014.
  • Slip and Falls: A 2014 study showed that spinal cord injuries accounted for 5,406 male injuries and 1,262 female injuries. These are common in terms of premises liability and workplace accident cases where negligence can be present.
  • Medical Errors: Medically induced SCIs can be a serious problems as surgical errors, lack of post-surgical care, or even infections can cause significant harm to the spinal cord.
  • Acts of Violence: Gunshots, physical trauma, and other person to person contact serve as one of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries. Even pushing someone into a heavy object can cause significant damage to the spinal cord.

There are other potential causes of spinal cord injuries—such as contact sports, recreational activities, or falling objects—but the most common have one connection between them: negligence.

Because spinal cord injuries often require lifelong medical care, our Kansas City catastrophic injury attorneys work with victims to pursue compensation. Our goal is to recover maximum compensation in an effort to make life as comfortable as possible for an injured party.

Trust our team at Peterson & Associates to be there when you need us most, advocating for your best interests and working to help you move forward in the most positive manner possible. Trust us to safeguard your rights from start to finish.

Call us today at 1 (816) 683-3278 and discuss your potential case with our firm.