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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Car Accidents Most Common Cause of Spinal Cord Injuries

Whether it is a car, truck or motorcycle, the most common cause of spinal cord injury is motor vehicle accidents. As a personal injury attorney located just south of Atlanta in Henry County, I have helped car accident victims who have suffered from spinal cord injuries get the compensation they need to cover medical bills, lost wages and other related expenses.

What types of incidents typically contribute to spinal cord injuries? According to an article published by the Mayo Clinic, here are the top five most common causes of spinal cord injuries in the United States:

1. Motor vehicle accidents, including cars, trucks and motorcycles.

2. Falls, especially for people over age 65.

3. Acts of violence, such as gunshot and knife wounds.

4. Sports and recreation injuries are often caused by impact sports such as football, or accidents such as diving into shallow water.

5. Alcohol. Surprisingly, alcohol use is a factor in about one out of every four spinal cord injuries.

By definition, a "spinal cord injury" includes any damage to the vertebrae, ligaments or disks of the spinal column or to the spinal cord itself. Traumatic events can cause spinal cord injuries, such as sudden jolts and impacts that can fracture, dislocate, crush or compress one or more of your vertebrae.

Spinal cord injuries are not always obvious immediately after the trauma. However, if the injury is not diagnosed right away, additional damage may occur over the days or weeks following due to bleeding, swelling, inflammation and fluid accumulation in and around your spinal cord.

The bottom line: If you are involved in a sudden and traumatic incident such as a car wreck, or you sustain injury as a result of any of the other causes listed above, it may be tempting to get back to normal life as quickly as possible. Adrenaline, shock and other factors may cause you to overlook immediate symptoms. However, it is important to take care of your health and let a medical professional assess your injuries to avoid permanent physical pain and injury.

For more information on this topic, or for a free personal injury consultation, email attorney Marc Avidano at mavidano@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-957-3937. Smith, Welch, Webb and White is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the state of Georgia. Our team of experts routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business.

 

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