Spinal cord injuries are often thought of as the worst possible injury a person can sustain. The repercussions of an injury to the spinal cord can be catastrophic and can cause paralysis or death. It is common for people to typically associate spinal cord injuries with severe accidents and acts of violence, and while these may be common causes of spinal cord injuries, a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University has revealed that slips and falls are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries in the United States. The studied revealed that slips and falls account for nearly 42 percent of spinal cord injuries across the country.
The researchers revealed that spinal cord injuries are actually on the rise across the United States. While this may shocking news considering the seemingly perpetual betterment of technology and safety procedures our country enjoys, the researchers attributed this trend to the fact that a large portion of new injuries involved the elderly. Thus, they believe the rise in injuries has been due to the aging of the baby-boomer population.
The Result of a Spinal Cord Injury
Even the most mild spinal cord injuries can be accompanied by a lifetime of suffering. Spinal cord injuries can cause gastrointestinal problems, motor-skill disabilities, and sexual dysfunction. Additionally, the severe change in lifestyle following a spinal cord injury can be accompanied by emotional difficulties. What’s more is that the injury’s impact is not limited to the individual’s health and wellbeing, spinal cord injury victims may also struggle to maintain their previous employment and personal life.
More serious spinal cord injuries can be accompanied by nerve damage that may result in short-term or permanent paralysis. Depending on where the spinal cord was damaged, an individual may experience partial paralysis (known as Paraplegia) and total body paralysis (known as Quadriplegia).
Slips & Falls
Slips and falls are often brushed off as benign, and potential causes are often not taken seriously, however, the reality is that slips and falls can result in serious injury or death. A fall can occur anywhere, and numerous conditions can cause a fall, but it is most common to see falls occur on stores, sidewalks, and parking lots. In many cases falls occur due to a hazard that the property’s owner should have prevented. Falls can be commonly caused by wet floors or ice and snow, however, something as simple as poor lighting or uneven flooring can result in a catastrophic injury. Thus, it is important that property owners take any potential safety hazard seriously and promptly fix any issue to ensure the safety of others.
Have You Been Injured?
If you or a loved one has sustained a spinal cord injury, it is common to find that the injury may have been preventable. Fortunately, a personal injury attorney can help you recover monetary compensation for your injury. In certain cases, you may be able to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and suffering. At Anthony Overton Van Johnson & Associates, P.C., we believe that no one should have to go through the trauma of an injury that should have prevented. If you have been hurt do not delay, call Anthony Overton Van Johnson & Associates, P.C. in Atlanta today. (678) 882-7355. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.