Thousands of people each year sustain spinal cord injuries in preventable accidents. A 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 maintenance.
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 & Lina, call our office today at (404) 869-8600.