The Facts Behind Spinal Cord Injuries

Thousands of Americans experience a spinal cord injury every year. Approximately 12,000 new cases of spinal cord injury occur each year, not including those who die due to a spinal cord related injury. These injuries are devastating and can cause both physical and emotional distress. And the cost of care for a spinal cord related injury is very expensive.

Here is a look at some statistics:

–  Approximately 259,000 people in the United States live with a spinal cord injury.

–  The average age one gets injured is 40 years old.

– The average age has continued to increase steadily since the 1970’s.

–  Most spinal cord injuries occur in males: 80.9% partially because males are more likely to engage in more risky behavior.

–  Leading cause of death from a spinal cord injury is pneumonia, pulmonary embolism, and septicemia.

A spinal cord injury can happen at any time. It can happen from a motor vehicle accident, a serious fall on a construction site, playing sports, during a high-risk activity, or a fall in a nursing home.

Ben Damon suffered paralysis when he was a passenger in a friend’s car. As they began traveling to Portland Maine a moose struck the vehicle, causing the roof to compress by over a foot. With Ben’s height of 6-foot-6 and the amount the car was compressed, he ended up breaking parts of his vertebra resulting in paralysis.

Ben stated, “I am very, very lucky to be where I am. This is not something that anyone can prepare for, and it could happen to anyone. But I am very, very fortunate and grateful to have my family and friends.”

See more stories like Ben Damon here.

Spinal cord injuries happen randomly and are something no one is prepared for. Always keep safety at the forefront of everything that you do, and this can minimize your chances of suffering a serious injury.

Since 2005 the top causes of spinal cord injuries are:

– Motor vehicle accidents at 42.1%

– Falls at 26.7%

– Violence at 15.1%

–  Sports Incidents at 7.6%

– Other at 8.6%

There has been a decrease over time in both violence and sports related injuries. However, there is still an increase in numbers due to motor vehicle accidents and falls. One needs to always be cautious of their surroundings both inside and outside of a vehicle. Let’s all work together in 2017 to see an overall decrease throughout the causes of spinal cord injuries.

When you call our local Gonzalez, Prairieville, Baton Rouge, Louisiana personal injury law firm, you will speak with an experienced Louisiana Spinal Cord Injury attorney absolutely FREE. Our attorneys will investigate every detail of your accident and fight hard to ensure that your rights are protected. Contact Gauthier Amedee today at 225-647-1700 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case evaluation.

At Gauthier Amedee, you will never pay an attorney’s fee up front, and you owe us nothing until we win your case. At Gauthier Amedee, we don’t get paid until you do.

Don’t delay. Get the help you need today with Gauthier Amedee.

 

 

 

 

 

February 21st, 2017