For some time, the leading cause of traumatic spinal cord injuries in the U.S. has been motor vehicle accidents. However, a new study authored by experts at Johns Hopkins indicates that these specific kinds of back injuries may now result most frequently from falls. Given that falls are a major potential hazard on New York construction sites, this trend is understandably disconcerting for employers and workers alike.
The Johns Hopkins research suggests that the rate of fall-related traumatic spinal cord injuries is rising most quickly in the U.S. among the elderly population. Whether these individuals fall from their beds, while slipping on sidewalks or as a result of any number of factors, their risk of sustaining serious injury as a result of falls is real.
Though elderly Americans may be most at risk for sustaining traumatic spinal cord injuries in the wake of fall-related accidents, workers of every age should be aware of the potential risks associated with falls. Like traumatic brain injuries, traumatic spinal cord injuries can be life-altering physically, financially, mentally and emotionally.
If you or a loved one has sustained a spinal cord injury on the job, it is important that you speak with an experienced attorney before you sign anything given to you by an insurer or employer. Keeping your legal options open until you have spoken with an attorney is often critical to ensuring that you receive enough compensation to cover your medical costs and other expenses related to your fall-related accident and associated spinal cord injuries.
Source: Medical Xpress, "Traumatic spinal cord injuries on the rise in US," Jan. 27, 2014