According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Association, as many as 450,000 people in the United States are living with a spinal cord injury. Even worse, every year an additional 17,730 new spinal cord injury cases occur. Indeed, the occurrence of spinal cord injuries is on the rise in the United States, particularly among elderly populations. If you or a loved one are part of this unfortunate trend, please read on, then contact an experienced Stamford, Connecticut spinal cord injury lawyer today.
What happens in a spinal cord injury?
Composed of bones, ligaments, muscles and nerves, the spine is a complex system. The strong yet delicate structure known as the spinal cord is constituted of the nerves that run from the base of the brain to the waist. Virtually any type of trauma may cause injury to the following:
- Bony and connective structures of the spine
- Disks that cushion the segments of the spine known as vertebrae
- Nerves that exit the vertebrae
- Spinal cord itself
No matter the type of accident, spinal cord injuries can result in full or partial paralysis and other life-altering damage.
What can cause a spinal cord injury in Connecticut?
The leading causes of spinal cord injuries are as follows:
- Auto and motorcycle accidents: These are leading causes and account for almost half of new spinal cord injuries each year.
- Falls: A spinal cord injury after age 65 is most often caused by a fall.
- Acts of violence: Gunshots, knife wounds and sudden traumatic blows can fracture, dislocate, crush or compresses one or more of your vertebrae and/or cut your spinal cord.
We would be remiss if we did not inform you that, in many cases, the damage inflicted on the spinal cord has a permanent effect on victims. Among other devastating results, the victim of a spinal cord injury may be paralyzed from a certain point, such as their neck or waist down, and they will never be able to move those portions of their body again.
Given the impediments and the lifelong costs associated with spinal cord injuries, it is strongly advised that victims immediately avail themselves of a skilled Fairfield County, Connecticut personal injury lawyer who will fight for the compensation they deserve and need to recover from their injuries.
Contact our experienced Connecticut Firm
If you or a loved one sustained a traumatic brain injury due to another person’s negligence, Casper & de Toledo is here to help you. While our firm has dedicated decades of experience to fighting for brain injury victims, we also handle auto accidents, medical malpractice, workers’ compensation and wrongful death. Trust Casper & de Toledo to handle your case with the utmost competence and discretion. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation with our seasoned traumatic brain injury lawyers.