The spinal cord consists of many vertebrae, soft tissue, nerve cells, and groups of nerves called tracts, which affect different parts of the body. Tracts are essential to the motor and sensory functions of the body. They basically make up a communication network inside the body. If your nerve fibers experience any damage, whether traumatic or nontraumatic, you may experience devastating consequences, such as muscle impairment or even the ability to breathe.
Spinal cord injury usually occurs when one or more vertebrae are subjected to sudden trauma like a violent blow, a gunshot, or a stab wound. The cutting, fracturing, dislocation, or compression of vertebrae can result in serious injury. Even after the traumatic spinal cord injury event has occurred, more damage will usually result from swelling and inflammation in and around the spinal cord.
In the U.S., the most common ways to receive spinal cord injuries are through:
- Automobile Accidents. Auto accidents account for more than 40 percent of spinal cord injuries annually.
- Falls. Most spinal cord injuries that occur to seniors over the age of 65 are caused by falls.
- Acts of Violence. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 15 percent of spinal cord injuries involve gunshots, knife wounds, and other consequences of violence.
- Sports. Sports and other athletic or recreational activities make up about eight percent of spinal cord injuries every year.
- Alcohol. 25 percent of reported spinal cord injuries involve alcohol use.
- Diseases. Various afflictions such as cancer and osteoporosis can lead to spinal cord injuries.
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury due to the negligence of another, you may be able to receive financial assistance for your recovery. The San Jose spinal cord injury attorneys at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP can thoroughly investigate your case and gather strong evidence to support your claim. If you seek a return to relative normalcy, but need help, call us today at (800) 900-0863.