There are many people in Florida who have suffered a spinal cord injury. The injuries can result from a number of different accidents. They can occur at work, while driving, while enjoying various recreational activities, playing sports and many other situations. No matter where or how they occurred, spinal cord injuries can have a devastating effect on the victim's life.
Each year in the United States, there are approximately 12,500 new people who suffer spinal cord injuries. According to data for the year 2014, approximately 276,000 people are living with a spinal cord injury. The average age at which people suffer a spinal cord injury is 42 years old and men account for approximately 79% of the spinal cord injuries.
The leading cause of spinal cord injuries is car accidents, causing approximately 38% of all spinal cord injuries. 30% of the injuries result from falls, followed by violence (14%) and sports (9%). People who suffer these injuries on average stay in acute care at a hospital for 11 days and in a recovery unit for an average of 36 days. While the effects of a spinal cord injury vary quite a bit, approximately 14% of spinal cord injuries result in complete paralysis.
Often times, these injuries are caused by the negligence of another person and the victim is left with a completely changed life. A person who has suffered a spinal cord injury may never be able to use their limbs again, much less work or partake in many other activities. However, the victim may be able to receive compensation for these injuries. It may be a small consolation compared to the effects of the injury, but it can go a long way in making sure medical care is paid for and financial obligations are met.
As the statistics above show, there are many people who suffer spinal cord injuries each year and many of them are living in Florida. If the injury was caused by another's negligence, the victim may be entitled to compensation. Experienced attorneys understand the devastating effects of a spinal cord injury and may be able to protect one's rights.
Source: National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, "Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Facts and Figures at a Glance" accessed April 3, 2015