Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
There are many potential causes of spinal cord injuries, from diseases such as cancer, osteoporosis and arthritis to gunshot wounds and car accidents. Determining whether someone can be held accountable for your injury largely depends on what caused it and whether negligence was involved.
If you believe someone else’s negligence caused your paralysis, paraplegia or other spinal cord injury, turn to a knowledgeable trial lawyer at Coppola & Melonakis. Send us an e-mail or call 303-573-7777 to schedule a free consultation.
Was Someone’s Negligence a Factor?
Common causes of spinal cord injury that can be attributed to negligence include:
- Auto accidents: Approximately 40 percent of spinal cord injuries are caused by car accidents, motorcycle crashes and other motor vehicle accidents. Drinking and driving is a top culprit. In fact, alcohol use is at least one factor in 25 percent of spinal cord injuries.
- Falls: More than one-quarter of spinal cord injuries can be attributed to falls. When a trip-and-fall or slip-and-fall accident is the result of a property owner’s negligence or a nursing home’s neglect, the victim may be able to bring a lawsuit to recover compensation.
- Sports: Sports account for approximately 8 percent of spinal cord injuries. While not all sporting injuries are the result of negligence, it may be possible to hold a coach or athletic institution accountable in some cases. (Source: Mayo Clinic)
Whatever the cause and whatever the results of a spinal cord injury, you owe it to yourself and your family to determine whether you have a viable legal claim for monetary compensation.
Was someone else’s negligence a factor? Did the driver of a car, a doctor, a nursing home attendant or a recreational leader contribute to or cause your spinal cord injury? Let us help you answer these questions.
Contact Us for Help After a Serious Accident
Regardless of the cause, our attorneys welcome the opportunity to listen and advise you after you have suffered a serious spine injury. In a catastrophic injury case, you may make a claim against any negligent party that contributed to or caused the accident.