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Sustaining a severe spinal injury forever changes every aspect of your daily activities, home life, and career. Depending on the injury’s severity, paralysis and loss of sensation can result, leaving a person permanently disabled. Individuals with a spinal cord injury also face a host of major health issues including, among others: bowel and bladder dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, muscle atrophy, pneumonia, and pressure sores.
Spinal injuries typically result from trauma such as car crashes, accidents, and acts of violence. The leading causes of spinal injuries are:
- Accident on the job (28 percent)
- Motor Vehicle Accidents (24 percent)
- Sport/Recreation Accidents (16 percent)
- Falls (9 percent)
An estimated 1.3 million Americans are living with a spinal cord injury, according to data compiled by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Of that number, 55 percent are adults aged 40-59; however, young adults aged 20-29 make up 12 percent of those injured. Men are twice as likely as women to sustain a spinal cord injury.
If you or a loved one believes a spinal cord injury was sustained through the negligence of another, you may be entitled to compensation and other damages. Contact us today for a free legal consultation.