Any damage to the spinal cord which results in some loss of function is called spinal cord injury (SCI). In the United States alone there are currently approximately 200,000 people living with SCI caused paralysis. The vast majority of these SCI victims are men, who suffer from SCI four times as often as women. Those who are between the ages of 16 and 30 are more likely to sustain a spinal cord injury than any other age group. According to official statistics approximately 11,000 people suffer from spinal cord injuries every year.
SCIs can be caused by a wide variety of situations, such as car accidents, gun shots, and falls. Motor vehicle crashes are by far the most common cause of SCI, with at least 36 percent of new cases being the result of car crashes. But violence related SCIs have been on the rise in recent years and now account for 29 percent of incidences. Falls cause roughly 21 percent of SCIs, while sports related accidents cause about 7 percent of spinal cord injuries.
SCI can also be caused by illnesses, such as spina bifida, polio, and Friedreich's Ataxia.
Contrary to popular perception, the spinal cord does not have to be physically ruptured or severed for you to suffer symptoms related to spinal cord injury. Our Tallahassee spinal cord injury attorneys have worked many cases of SCI, and the majority of those who suffer from symptoms related to SCI still have their spinal cords intact.
If you have suffered from a spinal cord injury due to someone else’s fault or negligence, you may be entitled to collect significant compensation to help with medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses. We at the Shapiro Law Firm have decades’ experience in helping our clients recover maximum damages for their injuries.
Contact our Tallahassee personal injury attorneys today at (850) 629-7226 for a free case evaluation.