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Top Five Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries


According to research conducted by the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, the following are the leading causes of spinal cord injuries:

#1: Car Accidents

Research shows that car accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries. 7,205 males and 2,402 females suffered spinal cord injuries in 2014.

#2: Falls

From tripping on a step while you are going up the stairs to fainting after witnessing a shocking event, there are a number of situations that can cause a person to fall and injure their spine. In 2014, falls were the second-leading cause of spinal cord injuries in the United States, with 5,406 males and 1,262 female’s reporting this catastrophic injury.

#3: Gunshot Wounds

Gunshot wounds can destroy bone and sever the spinal cord. Gun-related injuries accounted for 4,163 male and 572 female spinal cord injuries in 2014.

#4: Diving Into a Body of Water

Any time you jump head-first into a pool or lake, you risk serious injury. People who injure themselves attempting to dive often don’t realize how shallow the water really is until it’s too late. In 2014; 1,718 men sustained spinal cord injuries after trying to dive into a body of water, while just 122 women experienced the same type of injury from diving.

#5: Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists do not have the same protections as drivers and passengers in cars and trucks, which means accident injuries can often be devastating. According to statistics, 1,695 men and 145 women suffered spinal cord injuries due to motorcycle accidents in 2014.

Have you or a loved one suffered a catastrophic injury due to an accident or another party’s negligence? If so, call (727) 270-8260 to schedule your free consultation with our legal team at the Paulsen Law Group.

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