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Spinal cord injuries from car accidents

People who are involved in motor vehicle collisions in New York may sustain spinal cord injuries from the trauma. Although the vast majority of spinal cord injuries are caused by traumas such as auto accidents or abrupt impacts from other causes, these injuries can also be the result of degeneration from diseases like cancer.

According to the World Health Organization, global statistics show that between 250,000 and 500,000 people sustain an injury to their spinal cord each year. About 90 percent of these injuries are caused by some sort of trauma. Due to the various complications associated with this type of injury, people who sustain a spinal cord injury have a mortality risk that is between two and five times higher than people who have not received one.

A spinal cord injury can affect car accident victims in different ways depending on the location and severity of the injury. Some individuals might experience a partial or total loss of motor control over their limbs. A person with a serious injury to their spinal cord could have complications in the systems that control breathing, blood pressure and heart rate. Secondary conditions, like deep vein thrombosis, osteoporosis, muscle spasms and respiratory complications are also common.

Those auto accident victims who have incurred a severe spinal cord injury may require 24-hour care for the rest of their lives. However, certain types of assistive technology may allow them to have more independence. If this type of an injury was caused by another party's negligence, the victim may be able to seek damages for the financial costs by filing a personal injury claim for compensation.

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