Causes of Georgia Spine Injuries
Any type of back injury can result in devastating changes to life, particularly when the spinal cord has been damaged. Understanding the primary causes of these serious injuries can help you take the precautions needed to prevent them whenever possible. But if you have sustained a back or spinal cord injury in an accident caused by the negligent or willful actions of someone else, you need the experienced support of the Atlanta-based lawyers at Henry Spiegel Milling LLP.
The Type of Accident Can Affect the Extent of Damage
Just fewer than 90 percent of all spinal cord injuries are caused by four types of accidents:
Motor vehicle accidents: Almost 45 percent of spinal cord injuries occur on the road. While even a fender bender can cause long-term or permanent injury in the form of whiplash, the more severe cases in Georgia involve a high degree of impact, such as in high-speed or head-on car accidents, truck accidents involving smaller vehicles, and SUV rollovers.
Slip and fall accidents: Most common in persons age 44 and older, any fall can potentially cause injury to the spine. A fall caused by a slip on a wet floor or black ice in a parking lot poses additional risk of spinal cord injury due to the wrenching motion created when the feet slide out from under the body. Falls represent 18.1 percent of all spinal cord injuries.
Violence: While violence causes 16.6 percent of all spinal cord injuries, it is actually the most common cause in certain urban areas. Anyone who survives a blow to the back or a bullet to the spine can still expect life to change dramatically.
- Sports injuries: Although diving is the sport that most commonly causes spinal cord injury, sports in general account for 12.7 percent of these injuries, mostly affecting individuals 29 or younger. These injuries are commonly caused by head-first moves, such as tackling with the top of the head, sliding head first into a base, or performing many gymnastic moves. The use of appropriate safety equipment and supervision can reduce the risk, but that does not totally eliminate it.
Georgia Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers Can Help
Anyone who has suffered a back or spinal injury can benefit from the experienced and compassionate support of an Atlanta spinal injury lawyer at Henry Spiegel Milling LLP. With more than two decades of experience supporting personal injury victims, we have the skills and a network of specialists available to thoroughly assess the details behind our accident and the extent of your injuries. Our successful track record was built by providing dedicated service to every client.
Contact an Atlanta Back Injury Lawyer at Henry Spiegel Milling LLP Today
A serious injury—especially one involving your spine—can change your life forever. If that injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to recover monetary damages.