Spinal Cord Injuries
Causes & Consequences of a Spinal Cord Injury
A spinal cord injury can happen in nearly any type of accident where the
victim's spine is subjected to sudden, violent forces. Certain types
of accident are, however, more likely to cause an injury to the spinal
cord. According to statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle accidents are by far the most common
cause of SCI. Nearly half (46%) of spinal cord injuries result from
truck accidents and
motorcycle accidents. The next most common cause is
slip and fall accidents, which account for more than one out of five (22%). Acts of
violence cause 16% of spinal cord injuries, followed by sports injuries
which account for 12%.
The economic impact of a spinal cord injury can be absolutely devastating.
The injured person will frequently sustain some type of permanent disability
which may make it impossible to continue in the same line of work or which
may even force the individual into an early retirement. In addition to
the hardship of lost income, the individual typically has to cope with
the burden of expenses for ongoing medical care. The CDC estimates that
an individual with an SCI such as paraplegia or quadriplegia can expect
to pay between $15,000 and $30,000 per year, with lifetime medical costs
ranging above $3 million.
Representation for SCI Victims in Alabama
If your accident occurred in South East Alabama or anywhere throughout
the Tri-State Area, you can come to an Alabama injury lawyer at Morris,
Cary, Andrews, Talmadge & Driggers, LLC for help in claiming the compensation
you deserve. Many of the accidents which result in a spinal cord injury
are entirely preventable, and the party who caused the accident can-and
should-be held accountable. Whether you were injured by a
drunk driver or if you were hurt in a scaffolding accident on a
construction site, we are ready to put our skill and dedication to results to work for you.