Thousands of people each year sustain spinal cord injuries in preventable
spinal cord injury involves damage to the nerves that make up the spinal cord and has the
potential to result in serious medical issues. The spinal cord is the
bundle of nerves that allows the brain to communicate with the rest of
the body, so damage to it or the surrounding structures can cause problems
with sensation, mobility, muscle strength, or even result in paralysis.
All spinal cord injuries have the potential to cause long-term complications
that can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life.
As a result, people who sustain SCIs in preventable accidents often can
recover significant compensation for their injuries and other losses.
While there are many kinds of accidents that have the potential to result
in an SCI, some types tend to cause them more often than others. Below
is some information about some of the most common.
Motor vehicle accidents
Motor vehicle accidents involve tremendous forces that can easily cause damage to a person’s
spinal column. This is particularly true in accidents in which people
are ejected or thrown from their vehicles and strike the ground or other
objects. In addition, the sudden acceleration or deceleration involved
in many motor vehicle accidents can cause the head to jerk violently forwards
or backwards, potentially causing injury to the spinal cord.
There are a variety of parties that could potentially be held liable in
a spinal cord injury case, including other drivers, car manufacturers,
mechanics, and even government entities responsible for road design and
Slip and Fall Accidents
While the vast majority of slip and falls result in nothing more serious
than bruises and perhaps some embarrassment, they also can cause serious
injury, including spinal cord injury. In fact, the National Safety Council
reports that slip and fall accidents result in approximately 8.9 million emergency
department visits annually.
When these accidents are the result of a hazardous condition that exists
on someone else’s property, victims may be able to bring a lawsuit
to recover for the medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other losses.
Sports and Recreational Injuries
Many sports, even those that are not considered particularly rough or dangerous,
have the potential to cause spinal cord injuries. Generally speaking,
people who are injured while participating in sports cannot sue to recover
for their losses, provided that the injury occurred as a result of the
normal activities associated with the sport.
For example, a football player could probably not bring a legal action
for injuries he or she sustained when being tackled. If, on the other
hand, an injury occurred due to the intentional or reckless act of another
athlete, or because of equipment malfunction or failure, an injured victim
would likely be able to recover.
Contact an Atlanta personal injury lawyer today to schedule a free consultation
Anyone who has sustained a spinal cord injury should have the circumstances
of their accident reviewed by an experienced
Atlanta personal injury lawyer. To schedule a
free consultation with one of the attorneys of Goldstein & Hayes, call our office today
at (404) 869-8600.