The back and neck vertebra protect the spinal cord, the communication hub
between the body and the brain. Violent impacts to the back can fracture,
bruise, and compress these vertebras. If traumatic enough, the damaged
vertebra can sever the spinal cord, or cause bruising, pinching and compression
to the spinal cord.
Experienced Poughkeepsie spinal cord injury attorneys know that injuries to the spinal cord can be devastating, irreparable,
and will force the victim and victim’s family to completely alter
their lifestyles. Our experienced attorneys also come upon several common
causes of spinal cord injuries.
The most common cause of spinal cord injuries is
motor vehicle accidents. Falls are the second most common. Injury from an act of violence, such
as being shot, stabbed, and or severely beaten, is another common cause.
Sporting activities complete the list of common spinal cord injury causes,
either from violent impacts to the spine or when the torso is violently twisted.
Depending upon one’s age, the cause of the injury can vary. For example,
all people under retirement age are more likely to suffer a spinal cord
injury from a
car accident. Those people over retirement age are more likely to slip or trip and
fall. Of course, younger people are more likely to receive a spinal cord
injury during recreational sporting activities.
In the examples above, the injury occurs when there is a sudden and unexpected
violent impact with or involving the spine. Readers should also understand
that spinal cord injuries can happen without such violence.
negligently performed back and or neck surgery can temporarily or permanently injure the spinal cord. In these cases,
a medical professional failed to live up to the standards of the medical
profession and can be held liable for medical malpractice.
As you see, the accidents leading to spinal cord injuries can be quite
complex. Many factors may exist that led to the injury. A
car accident can be the cause, but one also must ask what caused the accident. If a
negligent driver caused the accident, that driver can be held accountable
for the victim’s spinal cord injury. Additionally, car manufacturers
are known to defectively design and manufacture cars. When this happens
the car occupants can be injured in a way that would not have happened
had the auto maker not designed or manufactured the vehicle negligently.
Slipping and falling may cause the spinal cord injury, but then one has to ask what caused
the victim to slip and fall. If the victim was on someone else’s
property, experienced attorneys would want to know if the property owner
did, of failed to do, something that caused the victim to slip and fall.
In these cases, premises liability theories could gain civil recovery
for the victim.
Learn more about spinal cord injuries
in our blog post available by clicking here. Read the shocking statistics about spinal cord injuries
available here. Learn about the anatomy of the spinal cord
in our blog post available here. There are many different types of spinal cord injuries, many with different
affects, which you should know about by reading
our blog post available here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
what our clients are saying about us here and learn about just some of our
successful results here. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident,
please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 845-340-HURT (4878) or
toll free at 866-440-4452, or by using the
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