The great thing about innovation in the medical field is that it brings us closer to cures to illnesses and injuries that were once thought to be death sentences, or permanent lifestyle changes. Innovations to nerve damage (specifically, spinal cord injuries) are part of this. However, innovation comes slowly, and spinal cord injuries still may have a significant effect on a person’s strength, sensation and function of many body parts.
Because of this, spinal cord injuries must be treated with extreme care. Moreover, actions that can cause such injuries must be avoided at all costs. This post will highlight some of the common ways that a person can suffer such an injury.
Auto accidents – According to the Mayo Clininc, more traumatic spinal cord injuries are suffered in car accidents, compared to other maladies. Particularly dangerous accidents are rollover crashes, because of how passengers’ heads and necks can be compromised when the car lands on its roof.
Falls – When people fall from roofs, ladders and scaffolding, the risk of injuring one’s spine increases dramatically. In fact, about a quarter of all spinal cord injuries are caused by falls. So it is imperative to take safety precautions when doing home improvement work.
Sports injuries – Playing sports are notorious causes of spinal cord injuries. While you may think that playing football is the only way these injuries can be suffered, think again. Cheerleading accidents can also lead to life-changing injuries.
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, you may be entitled to compensation. To learn more about your rights and options, contact an experienced personal injury attorney.