Causes of Paralysis and Spinal Cord Damage

About two thirds of all cases of paralysis are caused by medical conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy. Most conditions do not give rise to a legal liability, with the exception of undiagnosed strokes, which can be the result of medical malpractice, and cerebral palsy caused by birth defects.

The remaining one third of paralysis is caused by spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. Just over half of spinal cord injuries are caused by car accidents and accidents at work, and the remainder are attributed to falls, sporting accidents, recreational accidents and violet crime.

Males are almost twice as likely to suffer a spinal cord injury than females, mainly because males usually work in high risk industries, like high rise construction, police officers, firefighters and service in the military.

Spinal cord injuries in children are rare, accounting for less than 1% overall, but nonetheless usually occur as a result of birth injuries and shaken baby syndrome.

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