Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injury
Explained by a San Jose Spine Injury Lawyer
It is estimated that around 300,000 Americans suffer from spinal cord injuries,
with 11,000 new injuries every year. But how did these spinal cord injuries
occur? What are the main causes of spinal cord injury?
If you have questions concerning a spinal cord injury lawsuit,
call Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP at (800) 900-0863.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
truck crashes are by far the largest contributor to spinal cord injury in the United
States. The Spinal Cord Injury and Information Network estimates that
over 46% of spinal cord injuries occur due to motor vehicle accidents.
Patients can be thrown from the vehicle, crushed under a wheel or part,
and battered during a car crash, leading to damage to the sensitive vertebrae
that protect the body's central nervous system.
Slip and Fall
Falls constitute the second-highest category of spinal cord injuries, and
fall injuries are on the rise. Slip and falls can put spinal cords at
risk due to:
- Improperly paved roads
- Unmaintained sidewalks
- Dangerous stairways
- Wet floors
- Other scenarios
Often, negligent property owners or businesses can be held responsible
for falls that occur outside of the victim's home.
Acts of Violence
Violent acts are the third-highest cause of spinal cord injuries in the
United States, though statistics point to a decline in spinal cord injury
due to violence in recent years. Though gun-related violence causes most
violence-related spinal cord injuries, other situations such as domestic
abuse, sexual assault, armed robbery, and fistfights can cause injury
to the spinal cord.
Swimming, soccer, football, rock climbing, and other sports put victims
at risk for the fourth category of spinal cord injury. Though sports-related
spinal cord injury is declining nationwide, these accidents can and do
occur. Unfortunately, helmets are designed to protect the head and skull
and can do nothing to protect a sports player against damage to the spinal
cord lower on the body.
Is Negligence to Blaim?
While safer behavior, education, and awareness can do much to prevent spinal
cord injury, all too often the cause of spinal cord injury is the neglect
or negligence of a property owner, individual, or corporation. In cases
where spinal cord injury was due to an accident, it is possible that the
victim could file a civil lawsuit and recover generous compensation for
At Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP, our San Jose spinal cord injury lawyers
focus on bringing justice to spinal cord injury survivors. Contact us
today for a
complimentary consultation and we can provide you with more information on whether you might have
a valid claim.