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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

Our spine is a crucial part of the human machine: it is the system that carries signals from our central command center, the brain, to all other parts of the body. When the spinal cord is injured, the result can be anything from disabling chronic pain to paralysis to death. Because it is so important, the spinal cord is enfolded in a protective layer of bone, the vertebrae and the discs that separate them to allow flexibility. Unfortunately, the bone and cartilage of the spine is often not sufficient to protect the spinal cord from injury. The most common causes of spinal cord injury in the US are: Motor vehicle accidents--up to 40% of all spine injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents Falls--about 25% of all spine injuries are caused by falls. Spinal cord injuries due to falls are more common in the elderly Violence--violence, especially gun and knife violence, causes up to 15% of all spinal cord injuries Recreational injuries--contact sports, street sports, and diving in shallow water cause about 8% of all spinal cord injuries. In addition, alcohol and drugs are a factor in about 25% of all spinal cord injuries. It's important to remember that not all spinal cord injuries involve damage to the vertebrae. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury due to another person's negligence, we may be able to help you get compensation for your injury. Please contact The Cochran Firm today for a free case evaluation.

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