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5 Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on June 4, 2013

After receiving a spinal cord injury, your life is never like it was before. Spinal cord injuries can result in paralysis or even death. Most of the time spinal cord injuries are caused by someone else, and are the result of accidents, such as:

  • Car accidents: Account for more than 40 percent of spinal cord injuries every year.

  • Falls: Spinal cord injury after the age of 65 is usually caused by a fall.

  • Gunshot or knife wound:  Around 15 percent of spinal cord injuries result from violence.

  • Sport-related accidents: Impact sports and diving in shallow water cause about 8 percent of spinal cord injuries.

  • Alcohol: Alcohol is a factor in about 1 out of every 4 spinal cord injuries.

During these types of accidents, spinal cord injuries occur after a blow that fractures or dislocates the bone disks that make up your spine. Most spinal cord injuries don’t sever your spinal cord, but instead cause damage when pieces of your bone disks tear into cord tissue or press down on nerves that carry signals.

In a complete spinal cord injury, the cord can’t relay messages below the level of the injury. As a result, you are paralyzed below the level of injury. In an incomplete spinal cord injury, you have some movement and sensation below the injury.

Most spinal cord injuries are due to the negligence of someone else. If you or a loved one were the victim of a spinal cord injury, the spinal cord injury attorneys at the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson can help you get the compensation you are entitled to. Contact us today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.


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