Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries By Levine & Slavit PLLC on November 26, 2013

Common Causes of Spinal Cord InjuriesThere are many different kinds of serious injuries that can befall a person, and they can come about as a result of many different things. Should the negligence of another person or party be the cause of an injury accident, it's of the utmost importance that you speak with our personal injury attorneys as soon as possible. We will be able to help you in the litigation process so that you can focus on the healing process.

Right now, we want to look at a particularly serious class of injuries: spine and spinal cord injuries.

About Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries broadly refer to injuries that affect the spinal column, whether in the back or neck area. Injury to the structures surrounding the spinal cord can also be severe given the way that the spine interacts with nearby physical structures.

Why Spinal Cord Injuries Are So Serious

When it comes to serious injuries, there are few more serious than injuries that affect the spinal cord. The spine is essential for mobility and flexibility, and when injuries occur to the spine, a person's overall range of motion can be impacted for the rest of his or her life.

Paralysis and Spinal Cord Injuries

Major spinal cord injuries can result in different kinds of paralysis as well. Injuries to the lower part of the spine can render a person paraplegic, meaning that they cannot feel or use their lower extremities. When injuries occur to the upper portion of the spinal cord, quadriplegia may occur, meaning loss of sensation and use of all extremities.

Below are some of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries.

Auto Accidents and Spinal Cord Injuries

Given the tremendous amount of force generated in auto accidents, it should be of no surprise that spinal cord injuries can occur. Whiplash can also affect the neck and be quite serious. Our car accident attorneys make special note of these neck and spine injuries since they have major repercussions throughout a person's life.

Slip and Fall Accidents and Spinal Cord Injuries

Another common reason that spine injuries occur are slips and falls. This is particularly true when a person falls from a great height of some kind. Property owners do have a duty to ensure that safety rails and signage are in place to prevent such accidents from happening, and that there are no slip or trip hazards on the ground.

Construction Site Accidents and Spinal Cord Injuries

Industrial work sites of all kinds are the source of many kinds of injuries. Slip, trip, and fall hazards are all there, and there is also the chance of workers or bystanders being harmed by equipment and machinery. Negligence by employers and managers needs to be taken seriously.

Assault and Spinal Cord Injuries

Trauma sustained in a physical assault can result in injury to the spine. This goes for all kinds of attacks regardless of the circumstances or the types of injuries sustained.

Sports and Spinal Cord Injuries

While there has been a lot in the news lately about concussions in sports, spine injuries in sports are are also a serious matter. These injuries, when severe, can change an athlete's life for years and years to come.

Learn More About Spinal Cord Injuries

If you would like more information on your legal options following a spinal cord injury, we encourage you to contact our Long Island personal injury lawyers today. Our lawyers will be able to to help you and your loved ones receive just compensation in your time of legal need.

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