A spinal cord injury is a serious and potentially debilitating injury that cause damage to the white matter of the spinal cord that carries signals to and from the brain. Spinal cord injuries can result from traumatic events (car crashes and falls) or one of many different types of biological origins. The vast majority of spinal cord injuries occur from some type of accident. The leading cause of spinal cord injuries are automobile accidents.
Approximately 12,000 people experience spinal cord injuries a year in the United States. Approximately 250,000 people live with a spinal cord injury. An overwhelming number of new injuries occur to people under the age of 30.
Symptoms of a spinal cord injury range from paralysis to loss of sensation at the level and below. These injuries can be located even without a complete cut off the spinal cord. Spinal cord injuries can often be a cause of death, due to respiratory failure. Survival within the first 24 hours as well as the first year after the injury greatly increase the chances of long-term survival.
If you or someone you know has suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of an accident or medical error do not hesitate to contact us. Our office has successfully managed cases involving spinal cord injuries. You can reach our office, ChurchWyble, at (888) 227-4770.