Accidents that Can Cause Spinal Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are arguably the worst injury that any can face. When such an injury arises from another party’s negligent actions, the injured person deserves full compensation for their extensive damages. A skilled and compassionate attorney can help them achieve the best outcome possible. 

Spinal cord injuries (SCI) are rare, but when they do happen, they are serious. Sadly, many of these injuries arise from accidents. More specifically, accidents that occur because of another person’s negligence. These injuries have a severe physical and emotional toll on the people who suffer them and their families. If you or someone you love was injured in an accident that caused an SCI, you need strong representation from a dedicated and compassionate Round Rock personal injury lawyer. You’ll find that representation at the Elissa I. Henry Law Firm.

What is a Spinal Cord Injury?

The spinal cord is one of the most essential body parts. It’s a pathway for instructions and sensations connecting all body parts to the brain. The spinal cord is encased and protected within the bones of the spinal column. However, some accidents can cause damage to these bones, making the spinal cord vulnerable to severe injury as well. The spinal cord can be compressed, torn, or severed in traumatic accidents such as car crashes and falls. 

The impacts a spinal cord injury will have on someone’s life usually depend on the injury’s severity and level. The closer to the neck and head an SCI occurs, the greater the chance of death or quadriplegia. Injuries to the mid-back or lower might only cause paraplegia. In the majority of cases, an SCI leads to permanent disability. The treatment options have significantly improved in the last decade. However, many people with an SCI will never return to normal functioning. It’s crucial that they reach out for help from a knowledgeable Round Rock personal injury attorney who will advocate for full and fair compensation for such severe injuries.

What Causes Spinal Cord Injuries?

Accidents and gunshot wounds collectively account for approximately 83.1 percent of all SCIs since 2005. Motor vehicle crashes are by far the most common causes of SCI, causing nearly 32 percent. Falls represent just over 25 percent, while motorcycle accidents account for almost seven percent. Other causes are as follows:

  • Gunshot wounds: 10.4 percent
  • Medical/surgical complications: 4.3 percent
  • Diving incidents: 4.7 percent

Car accidents are the leading cause of SCI until age 45; after the age of 45, falls are the leading cause. No matter what type of accident led to your SCI, you can benefit from talking to a Round Rock personal injury attorney.

Get Help After an SCI from a Compassionate Round Rock Personal Injury Lawyer

If you sustained an SCI as a result of an accident that might be someone else’s fault, don’t wait to schedule your legal consultation with a compassionate Round Rock personal injury lawyer at the Elissa I. Henry Law Firm.  Schedule yours today by calling (512) 766-4529  or use our convenient online contact form.