Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

Miami, West Palm Beach, Ft Lauderdale, Florida

A spinal cord injury can be devastating to you and your family. At The Cochran Firm South Florida, in Ft. Lauderdale and throughout the state of Florida, our spinal cord injury attorneys are experienced with these back injury cases. We can help you seek the compensation you need to pay your medical bills and start recovering.

Common Causes

A variety of accidents can cause spinal cord injuries. Often another party is at fault. Our spinal cord injury attorneys can evaluate your case and determine if you have a claim and who you can file against. Common spinal cord injury causes include:

Auto accidents. The leading cause of spinal cord injuries is auto accidents. More than 40 percent of new spinal cord injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents each year.

Falls. About 25 percent of spinal cord injuries are caused by falls. Slip and fall accidents are common among those over 65. Over the past three decades, spinal cord injuries among people 70 and older have increased fivefold.

Violence. Violent encounters account for almost 15 percent of spinal cord injuries. Many are caused by gunshot and knife wounds.

Sports. Recreational activities, such as contact sports and diving in shallow water, cause about 8 percent of spinal cord injuries. An increase in spinal cord injuries among skiers and snowboarders has been seen recently because of faster speeds and more complicated tricks and maneuvers.

Alcohol. In about 1 out of every 4 spinal cord injuries, alcohol use is a factor.

Diseases. Some diseases, such as cancer, arthritis, and osteoporosis, can cause spinal cord injury.

Effects of a Spinal Cord Injury

The spinal cord contains a bundle of nerves that runs down your back from the base of your brain. Trauma to this area can cause loss of sensation and movement. This may include paraplegia, paralysis of the lower half of your body, or quadriplegia, loss of sensation and use of all four limbs.

Additional health problems usually follow spinal cord injuries. Bladder and bowel issues may arise. Weight management can become a problem. Treatment or medications to regulate blood pressure and control body temperature may become necessary.

Consulting a Spinal Cord Injury Attorney

Spinal cord injuries are often the unfortunate result of another person's negligence. Whether due to a car accident, an assault or some other cause, you may have a legal claim against the person who caused your injury. At The Cochran Firm South Florida, our spinal cord injury attorneys have the experience to understand your case and help you pursue the compensation you deserve for this life-altering injury.

If you are suffering from a spinal cord injury in Ft. Lauderdale or the surrounding areas, please contact The Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule your free, confidential consultation.