Huntsville Spinal Cord Injuries Attorney

Permanent spinal cord injuries are very uncommon, thankfully. These injuries are especially unfortunate when the injury was caused by someone else’s negligence. Car wrecks are the most common cause of spinal cord injuries.

If you or a loved one has a spinal cord injury after an accident, it is important for you to consider all your options and choose the best lawyer for a spinal cord injury. If your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to compensatory damages. In spinal cord injury cases, future medical treatment can be in the tens of millions of dollars. That figure does not include pain & suffering, mental anguish, or lost wages.

Garnett & Patterson’s personal injury lawyers can help recover the damages that you or your loved one are entitled to.

What Is Spinal Cord Injury?

What is a Spinal Cord Injury?

The spinal cord is the primary pathway between the brain and the rest of the body.

Spinal cord injuries occur when the spinal cord becomes damaged. The spinal cord can become damaged due to fractured vertebrae that crush or sever the spinal cord. Most spinal cord injuries are caused by trauma, such as car accidents, falls, acts of violence, and sporting accidents. 

Vertebrae are the rings of bones that surround the spinal cord and make up the spinal column, also known as the backbone. The vertebrae are based on their location in the spinal column. There are seven cervical (neck), twelve thoracic (back), five lumbar (lower back) vertebrae. 

Cervical spinal cord injuries usually cause loss of function in both the arms and legs, resulting in tetraplegia.

Thoracic spinal cord injuries usually affect the chest and the legs; and lumbar injuries affect the hips and legs, resulting in paraplegia.

Spinal Cord Statistics

  • Approximately 17,810 new spinal cord injuries each year in the USA.
  • Males account for about 78% of new SCI cases.
  • Approximately 294,000 people with SCI live in the United States with a range of 250,000 to 368,000 persons.
  • Average age at the time of injury is 43 years old currently.

Causes of Spinal Cord Injury: The chart below shows the most common causes of spinal cord injuries. Car crashes are currently the leading cause of spinal cord injuries.

Since 2015

Vehicular

Falls

Violence

Sports

Medical/
Surgical

Other

 

38.6%

32.2%

14.0%

7.8%

4.2%

3.2%

 

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