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Spinal Cord Injury Accidents

Posted on September 27, 2023 in Car Accidents

IL injury lawyerSpinal cord injuries are arguably the worst injury that any can face. When such an injury arises from another person or party's negligent actions, the injured person deserves full compensation for their extensive damages. A skilled Rockford spinal cord injury attorney can help them achieve the best outcome possible. 

Spinal cord injuries (SCI) are rare, but when they do happen, they are invariably serious. Sadly, many of these injuries arise from incidents that were completely preventable. SCIs usually take a severe physical and emotional toll on victims and their families. Suppose you or someone you love was injured in an accident that caused a SCI. In that case, you need strong representation from a dedicated and compassionate Rockford spinal cord injury lawyer. You will find that lawyer at our firm.

What Causes Spinal Cord Injuries?

Accidents and gunshot wounds collectively account for approximately 83.1 percent of all SCIs since 2005. Motor vehicle crashes are by far the most common causes of SCI, causing nearly 32 percent. Falls represent just over 25 percent, while motorcycle accidents account for almost seven percent. Other causes are as follows:

  • Gunshot wounds: 10.4 percent
  • Medical/surgical complications: 4.3 percent
  • Diving incidents: 4.7 percent

Car accidents are the leading cause of SCI until age 45; after the age of 45, falls are the leading cause. No matter what type of accident led to your SCI, you can benefit from meeting with a Rockford spinal cord injury attorney.

What is a Spinal Cord Injury?

The spinal cord is one of the most essential body parts. It is a bundle of nerves that serves as a pathway for instructions and sensations connecting all body parts to the brain. While it is protected by the vertebrae in the spine, certain accidents can cause damage to these bones, making the spinal cord vulnerable to severe injury as well. The spinal cord can be compressed, torn, or severed in traumatic accidents such as car crashes and falls. 

The Impacts of a Spinal Cord Injury

The impacts a spinal cord injury will have on someone's life usually depend on the injury's severity and level. The closer to the neck and head an SCI occurs, the greater the chance of death or quadriplegia (paralysis of all four limbs). Injuries to the mid-back or lower might only cause paraplegia (paralysis to the legs but not the arms). 

In the majority of cases, an SCI leads to permanent disability. Although the treatment options for these injuries have significantly improved in the last decade, many people with an SCI will never return to normal functioning and need highly skilled medical care and assistance. It is crucial that they reach out for help from a knowledgeable Rockford spinal cord injury attorney who will advocate for full and fair compensation for such severe injuries.

Get Help After an SCI from a Rockford, IL Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer at Mannarino & Brasfield

If you sustained an SCI as a result of an accident that might be someone else's fault, do not wait to schedule your no-obligation legal consultation with a Winnebago County spinal cord injury lawyer at our firm. Contact Mannarino & Brasfield, A Division of KJS online or by phone at 815-215-7561 today.

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