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Spinal Cord Injuries: Understanding the Most Common Causes

Approximately 11,000 spinal cord injuries occur each year in Canada. Considering the life-changing effects they can have on a person and their entire family, they deserve some serious attention. There are a number of causes of spinal cord injuries and they differ in severity, though they all require intensive medical intervention.

It’s important to recognize what a spinal cord injury is before we talk about the most common causes.
Spinal Cord Injuries

What is a spinal cord injury?

Damage to any part of the spinal cord, ligaments, vertebrae, discs of the spinal column, or the nerves at the end of the spinal canal is considered a spinal cord injury.

The results of this damage are often changes in strength, sensitivity, or normal bodily function below the area that was injured. In many cases, these changes are irreversible.

Other problems that come with spinal cord injuries are the secondary issues that can arise, such as inflammation, swelling, or even bleeding around the spinal cord.

What are the most common causes?

Sometimes, what we consider “œfreak” accidents cause spinal cord injuries. While these aren’t all that common, they do happen, however, we’re going to focus on the causes that occur most often.

Here they are:

  • Motor vehicle accidents. These are the most frequent causes of spinal cord injuries. Car and motorcycle accidents account for the vast majority, approximately 46%. Motorcycle riders should always wear a helmet in order to protect, not only their head but their vulnerable spine.
  • Pedestrian accidents. Serious injuries can occur when a person on foot is struck by a car or other motor vehicle. Often, these injuries include broken bones and spinal cord damage.
  • Serious diseases. Certain diseases, such as cancer and arthritis, can cause harm to the spinal cord. Disc degeneration in the spine can also be a culprit.
  • Sports accidents. Athletes are obviously prone to injuries. In some cases, those injuries can be severe and a person will experience trauma to their spinal cord as a result. Sports related incidents account for about 9% of all spinal cord injuries.
  • Falls. While slip and fall accidents are more common in those over the age of 65, anyone can experience a misstep that result in an injured spinal cord.
  • Surgical complications. Sometimes, mistakes or mishaps occur during the course of surgery and the result is a serious spinal cord injury. Another surgery-related cause is post operation infection.
  • Bicycle accidents. A cyclist can face injury to their spinal cord when they are struck by a vehicle or other collisions. Failure to wear a helmet increases the chances of damage to the spine.

 

Do you need representation?

Spinal cord injuries carry the possibility of irreversible changes to one’s life, including their livelihood. Not only are these injuries life-altering, they can also be financially disastrous due to loss of income and the amount of care, long-term and short-term, that they require.

If you or a loved one has experienced a spinal cord injury, you may need legal representation. The experienced lawyers at Howard Yegendorf and Associates can help you discern what you may be entitled to.

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Howard Yegendorf has spent his entire career as a personal injury lawyer protecting the rights of clients who have been seriously injured.

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Jonny Hare
Jonny Hare
09:00 05 Mar 19
In 2014 I was involved in a car accident on HWY 417 near Ottawa. It involved myself and two other vehicles being rear ended. I was the middle vehicle and ended up being transported by ambulance to Queensway hospital. My injuries were misdiagnosed at the time of the accident and I was referred to Howard Yegendorf. I met with Mr. Yegendorf and he showed me overwhelming concern and care for my situation, injuries and surgery. He explained how he could file liens for surgery and physical therapy to resolve my health issues sooner rather then later. He then fought 100% with the auto insurance company completely looking out for my best interest.I cannot put into words how tremendously grateful l am for everything that Howard Yegendorf has done for me and my family!
Carol Dunlop
Carol Dunlop
02:09 04 Mar 19
2 years ago I was hit by a car on Hunt Club and Riverside intersection in Ottawa, the lady behind the wheel was not looking at me at all even though I had white sign for crossing. She stopped before the traffic light, I stepped on the crosswalk and she just turned right while looking to the left. She bumped me with her car and my foot got stuck under rear passenger wheel. Then she apparently panicked and went backwards rolling over my foot one more time. Later at emergency they diagnosed me with multiple bone fractures, I had to go through 2 complicated surgeries and over a year of rehab before I could use my foot again. And it still hurts when I run, jump, stand for too long or stress it somehow else.Engaging Howard Yegendorf and his team shortly thereafter was one of my best decisions ever. His knowledge, and confidence told me I was working with the best professionals I could have found. Howard guidance was invaluable. He listened and helped me throughout the case. We were both patient and that patience produced positive results.He helped me to deal with insurance company, guided me through LTD insurance and closed my case for really good amount of compensation.
Rony Podolsky
Rony Podolsky
13:34 19 Jan 18
Mr. Yegendorf is very different than the stereotypical lawyer. He is sympathetic to his clients and eager to help. Probably one of the most ethical, professional and experienced lawyers out there. Highly recommended!
Natalia Bradu
Natalia Bradu
15:46 17 May 17
I can not express my warmest wishes to Howard Yagendorf and his amazing team. I had a great experience working with them and I'm so thankful to his expertise and help in my difficult situation. He guided me and my family through the process and helped us to get the outcome we've never hope about. Great people, great team and overall experience was easy and worry free. Thank you so much.
Brian Mandelker
Brian Mandelker
15:41 21 Apr 17
Howard is an excellent, meticulous lawyer. Perhaps even more important though, is that he is a compassionate human being. A very good listener and an even better questioner!
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Michael Dagenais
16:42 14 Mar 17
I have known Howard for nearly 20 years. During that time he not only helped me with sound, expert advice pertaining to a "Ponzi scheme" that devastated my family, he has helped countless others. He is dedicated to the law and a true expert in his field. I know first hand that he has changed the destiny of many of his clients , allowing them to move forward with dignity after suffering catastrophic events. He cares deeply , has dogged determination, vast experience and his team of lawyers and support staff are second to none. I would highly recommend Howard and his team.
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Stephen McGill
14:22 16 Feb 17
I've known Howard Yegendorf for well over a decade and consider him to be one of the most capable, professional, knowledgeable and trustworthy people I've met in my business career. His attention, compassion and skills were reinforced to me when he helped a very close family member with a potentially serious legal situation. Without hesitation I will continue to recommend Howard and his firm to anyone who wants exceptional legal representation.
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