Spinal Cord Injury Statistics in the United States
Spinal cord injuries occur when trauma occurs to the vertebrae and bundle of nerves in the back. If the injury is complete, the injured party has no feeling or movement below the trauma site; however, in the case of an incomplete injury, a person may still have feeling and movement below the injury.
According to The University of Alabama National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, approximately 250,000 people in the United States are living with a spinal cord injury, with 11,000 new spinal cord injuries occurring each year.Â Of those injured individuals, 52% are paraplegic and 42% are considered quadriplegic. Males account for 82% of spinal cord injury victims.
Common causes of spinal cord injuries include:
- vehicle accidents (37%);
- acts of violence (28%);
- falls (21%);
- miscellaneous acts (8%); and
- sports accidents (6%).
Spinal cord injuries can prove to be quite costly.
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Contacting a South Florida Accident Attorney
If you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury because of someone else’s carelessness or negligence, a South Florida personal injury lawyer can advise you on how to build a solid personal injury claim in Florida. Florida has strict limits on when you can bring a claim against another party so, you shouldn’t wait too long after your accident to file your personal injury claim. It’s always best to schedule a no-cost consultation with an experienced South Florida accident attorney as soon as possible.
With Ellsley Sobol, P.L. on your side, you can focus on your recovery while we fight to obtain just compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses. Contact us today at 954-888-7720 or toll-free 888-258-6914.