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What is the most common cause of spinal cord injuries?

According to the Mayo Clinic, a nationally renowned medical facility, the most common cause of serious spinal cord injuries is car and other motor vehicle accidents. According to the clinic, close to 50 percent of all spinal cord injuries annually are attributable to car accidents.

The reason for this is that spinal cord injuries result from sudden blows to the spine. Of course, the force of a car wreck can easily and severely damage the disc-shaped bones in the back called the vertebrae. These vertebrae, which make up a person's spine, among other things serve to surround and protect the spinal cord, which one can argue is the most important nerve in the body.

When one of these bones pierce or pressure the spinal cord, it means that a person will lose sensation below the point of the injury because nerve signals will not be able to reach that part of the body effectively.

Although they often do, spinal cord injuries do not always manifest themselves immediately after an accident. A person may be able to literally walk away from a serious car accident only to find that he or she is paralyzed as the swelling around the injury gradually gets worse.

If a resident of the greater Charleston, West Virginia, area suffers a spinal cord injury because of a car accident, he or she will no doubt have a long road to hoe both emotionally and financially. There will be medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, the likely loss of wages and the hidden cost of just having to go through such an ordeal. If another driver caused the accident through carelessness, then the victim may be able to get compensation.

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