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May 01, 2022

Most Common Reasons for Spinal Injuries

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Posted in Wisconsin Workers Compensation Related News

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A spinal cord injury is when any sections of your spinal cord or nerves get damaged. Sometimes these injuries are temporary, but due to how sensitive your spine can be, such injuries are often permanent and may result in a reduction or complete elimination of movement. 

Other issues that might arise are difficulty breathing, loss of your bowels, or changes in your sexual functions. There are many reasons why a spinal injury might happen—some of which might constitute as a personal injury and thus be represented by a spinal injury lawyer. We’ll explore some common reasons why a spinal injury happens. 


Certain diseases like cancer, inflammation, arthritis, and osteoporosis can trigger spinal injuries. In many cases, these diseases are the result of factors like genetics or a person’s lifestyle which can’t be tied back to a third party. 

Sports and Recreation Activities 

Sports and recreation activities, in general, are also a common source of spinal injuries. In fact, athletic events account for around 10% of all spinal injuries. While there’s always going to be an inherent risk whenever an athlete or a hobbyist engages in a certain physical activity, that doesn’t mean there are never grounds to build a case. For example, faulty equipment or facilities might be more so the culprit than the activity itself. 


Falls of any kind can lead to nasty injuries, especially the older you are and the worse health conditions you have. Spinal injuries are a common injury for individuals that are 65 years or older. Falls sometimes happen, but sometimes they might be the fault of a third party such as a store having wet floors and not properly marking them. A spinal injury lawyer can help you determine if your injury was the result of a third party. 


Assaults from deadly weapons like knives or guns can also cause spinal injuries. It’s not uncommon for a victim to face either temporary or permanent paralyzation following a gunshot wound. 

Medical Malpractice 

Sometimes a spinal injury can either be the result of or become exacerbated by medical malpractice. It’s a care provider’s duty to ensure their patients receive the proper treatment, but negligence like not catching a potential issue before it worsens, rendering a person paralyzed from a surgery, prescribing the wrong medication, etc., can all happen. 

Automobile Accidents 

Automobile accidents are also another common reason why spinal injuries happen. Millions of car crashes happen every year and while a lot of them don’t result in major injuries, some of them can be very deadly. A fatal car crash can cause both temporary and permanent spinal injuries. Following such an incident it’s important to seek compensation from the party that’s at fault. Unfortunately, the process is made harder due to insurance companies often not being willing to negotiate or offer a settlement that doesn’t cover all the care you need. 

Following a spinal injury caused by another party, they should be held at fault and compensate you for your medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, lost wages, and more. Having a spinal injury lawyer on your side can make a huge difference and our friends at Hickey & Turim, SC can help! 

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