Spinal cord injuries can happen in a great number of different ways. However, some spinal cord injury causes are much more common than others. In fact, according to statistics from the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, the top two causes of spinal cord injuries, combined, are responsible for well over half of the nation's spinal cord injuries.
What are these two top causes?
The No. 1 cause of spinal cord injuries, according to the statistics. are vehicle accidents. Such accidents are estimated to be behind 38 percent of spinal cord injuries.
The statistics indicate that falls are the No. 2 cause of spinal cord injuries. It is estimated that 30 percent of spinal cord injuries come about from falls.
Many different things could lead to a person suffering a spinal-cord-injury-causing vehicle accident or fall. Sometimes, someone else's negligence is responsible for the accident or fall. For example, a driver failing to obey traffic safety rules can sometimes cause an accident which injures a person's spinal cord. As another example, a property owner negligently allowing hazards that a person could trip or slip on to be present on their property can sometimes result in someone suffering a spinal-cord-injury-causing fall.
When a spinal-cord-injury-causing accident/fall a person suffered came about through someone else's negligence, the spinal cord injury victim may be able to sue for compensation. Attorneys can help individuals who have suffered spinal cord injuries in a vehicle accident or fall look into whether there were any parties that acted in a negligent fashion in connection to the incident.