Spinal cord injuries can be caused either by accidents or by internal disease. The majority of spinal cord injuries occur after an event such as a car accident when a one-time injury occurs.
Spinal cord injuries are most likely to occur in teenage boys and men between the ages of 16 and 30. This group of people are those most likely to engage in risky behaviors that lead to spinal cord injuries. 35% of spinal cord injuries are obtained in a car accident, with another 15% resulting from an act of violence such as a gunshot or knife wound and another 9% resulting from a sports-related injury.
Alcohol is a factor in nearly 25% of spinal cord injuries as well. The next most likely demographic of people to suffer a spinal cord injuries are those over the age of 65. These injuries are most likely caused by a fall (25% of spinal cord injuries) or by a debilitating disease such as osteoporosis or arthritis.
An experienced personal injury attorney can provide more information about your rights after a spinal cord injury.