Several weeks ago, we discussed some of the statistics with regard to spinal cord injuries in the United States. Readers may remember that over 11,000 new spine injuries occur, on average, each year in the U.S. and that over one-quarter of one million people are currently living with the effects of such injuries. You may also recall that many of the victims of spine injuries are younger people, and they also happen to be disproportionately male.
Almost 5,000 people die each year from these injuries, and the ones that don’t can lose millions of dollars in productivity and potential wages, not to mention the medical bills they have to pay for treatment and rehabilitation. People’s lives are often completely altered by a spinal cord injury. As we previously mentioned, the main causes of these injuries are motor vehicle accidents, violence and falls. So, what can a Nevada resident do to attempt to protect him- or herself from being a spinal injury victim.
First, being careful while driving, and always obeying Nevada traffic laws and posted speed limits is a good way to reduce the chance of being involved in a car accident, which is the most common cause of these injuries. Wearing seat belts and maintaining other safety equipment may also help in the event of an unavoidable crash. Children under 12-years-old should always be in a restraining child seat in the back seat of a car, at least until they reach five feet in height.
Following safe firearms handling procedures, and storing guns properly, away from children and separate from their ammunition can reduce the chance of a gunshot causing a spine injury. Also, teaching children alternative dispute resolutions they can use without resorting to violence could also help slow the scourge of these injuries.
Too many people die or suffer debilitation because of spinal cord injuries that could have been prevented. Unfortunately, no matter how many precautions are taken, a workplace accident, car crash or other incident can put one in a terrible situation. If injuries are caused by someone else’s negligence, a spinal cord injury victim can pursue legal options to get compensation.