Preventing spinal cord injuries

Motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, violence and falls are the most common causes of spinal cord injury which can result in various level of impairment.

When the spinal cord or spinal nerves are injured, a person can experience having problems with sensation, strength or permanent paralysis.

In many cases, spinal cord injuries can be prevented, whether it is avoiding a risky behavior or taking precautions when doing everyday activities.

Motor vehicle accidents

Car accidents are a leading cause of spinal cord injuries but using a seatbelt every time one drives, goes a long way in preventing a spinal cord injury. Children should always be placed in a age-appropriate child seat or booster. Drivers should also avoid drinking and driving or using drugs and driving.

Sports injuries

snowboarding.jpgSports injuries are a leading cause of spinal cord injuries. It is important that children receive proper coaching in many sporting activities such as gymnastics and football.

In other sporting endeavors such as motor biking, skiing or snowboarding, the participant should make sure they have the proper equipment such as wearing a helmet. Participants should also use caution when participating in these activities including staying on marked trails and not skiing or riding beyond one’s ability.

If a concussion is suspected, the person should not return to their sport until cleared by a physician.


Falls are a leading cause of spinal cord injuries and fractures, especially in the elderly and frail. People are warned to use step stools or ladders to reach objects in high places to prevent falls. The elderly should also “fall proof” their home but removing extraneous rugs, installing handrails and have proper lighting.

Seeking help for the injured person

It is important that after an accident, proper medical care be administered. A secondary injury could occur if the injured person is moved without proper support. If person loses consciousness, has severe pain in the back, neck or head, suffers from paralysis or weakness in the extremities or loses bowel or bladder control, call 9-1-1 immediately and do not move the person.

Seeking legal counsel

If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury due to the negligence of another, you are likely facing medical bills, loss of income, a lengthy rehabilitation and a partial or complete disability. A spinal cord injury likely impacts every aspect of the injured person’s life.

We recommend you hire a spinal cord injury to represent your negligence claim. At The Farber law Group, we have understand spinal cord injuries and have represented people with spinal cord injuries for more than 30 years. We will team with some of the most experienced personal injury lawyers in the Northwest to represent you.

Because of our experience, we understand how a spinal cord injury affects ones physical and emotional health as well as impacts ones quality of life and how it impacts the family.

Call us today at 1-800-244-9087 to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. We are there for you.

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