Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal Cord injuries are usually caused by a violent blow to the spine, which fractures or crushes one or more vertebrae or by a penetrating object that severs the spine. The area of the spinal column affected determines what motor functions are disrupted by the injury.
In most cases muscle functions beneath the injured vertebrae will be impaired, sometimes permanently paralyzed. Injuries from the chest down can affect control of the legs, bowels, bladder and sexual function. A neck injury can affect the entire body and may also impact the ability to breathe.
Many of the accidents that lead to spinal cord injuries are caused by the negligence of others.
If you are the victim of a spinal cord injury and it was caused by someone’s reckless actions, you need to speak to a spinal cord injury lawyer. The law firm of Aitken * Aitken * Cohn has over 30 years of experience helping accident victims.
Accidents That Cause Spinal Cord Injuries
Catastrophic injuries that lead to spinal cord damage can happen to anyone, though 55 percent of the victims are between 16-30 years old and the overwhelming majority is male. The following are the leading causes of spinal cord injuries:
- Auto accidents involving cars, trucks and motorcycles are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries
- Slip and falls are the leading cause of spinal injury for people over the age of 65
- Violent assaults cause over 10 percent of spinal injuries, mostly from gunshots and knife wounds
- Sports injuries, including collision sports and shallow water diving accidents, account for about 8 percent of spinal cord injuries
San Diego Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys
If you or a loved has suffered a catastrophic injury that damaged your spine, you should consult with a spinal cord injury lawyer. A spinal cord injury attorney will evaluate your case and determine if there are negligent parties who contributed to your injuries.
Catastrophic injuries carry a lifetime of medical needs and pain, and you should have the opportunity to receive compensation for your condition. Complex cases of this nature require an experienced and compassionate attorney.
Contact a San Diego spinal cord injury attorney at the law firm of Aitken * Aitken * Cohn today for a free consultation. We do not collect payment unless you recover.