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Spinal Cord Injuries: The Numbers at a Glance

By Lipton Law on January 20, 2012 - No comments

Spinal cord injuries can cause serious impairment, including life-long disabilities. Researchers at the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), part of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, estimate that fewer than 1 percent of spinal cord injury sufferers ever make a full recovery. The numbers on spinal cord injuries nationwide paint an equally sobering picture:

  • About 12,000 new spinal cord injuries occur each year in the United States, or about 40 cases per 1,000,000 people.
  • About 265,000 people now living in the United States live with spinal cord injuries.
  • Car accidents cause about 40 percent of spinal cord injuries each year. Another 28 percent are caused by slip and fall accidents, and violent encounters add another 17 percent. The remaining spinal cord injuries are caused by sports, other accidents, or unknown causes.
  • The average age of a spinal cord injury sufferer is 40.7 years, but spinal cord injuries can and do occur to people of any age.
  • Over half of those who suffer spinal cord injuries are typically employed when the injury occurs. Five years after injury, however, only 11.8 percent of those survivors have jobs. Twenty years later, the number is still only about 37 percent.

Even a mild spinal cord injury can permanently change your life and the lives of those close to you. If you or someone you love has suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident caused by another’s negligence, the dedicated Southfield personal injury lawyers at Lipton Law can help. Call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free and confidential consultation.