A catastrophic injury can completely disrupt your life. Catastrophic injuries can be sudden and life altering. You could be out of work for months, if not permanently. When it comes to catastrophic injuries, these injuries often involve the head or spinal cord. Spinal cord injuries can range in severity, dependent on the circumstances behind your injury. Younger people who are likely to engage in risky behaviors are most at risk of a spinal injury, according to the Shepherd Center.

An individual or organization is more likely to be behind a traumatic spinal cord injury. Non-traumatic causes tend to have medical reasons. For instance, multiple sclerosis, cancer, spinal stenosis and other conditions can lead to catastrophic injuries. In some instances, the result of a traumatic event might lead to spinal cord injuries. For instance, someone may suffer blood loss because of an accident and that blood loss may cause damage to the spinal cord.

The majority of spinal cord injuries occur due to vehicular accidents. The second most common cause of spinal cord injuries is due to falls. Falls are particularly common in industries where workers have to stay at great heights. For instance, construction workers may be more prone to spinal injuries. In addition, violence and sports injuries are less common but also factor into spinal cord damage. Injuries to the spine are most likely to be traumatic and more often occur in men, rather than women. This may be due to the occupations or behaviors men take part in compared to women.

None of the above information is to be interpreted as legal advice. It is for education on spinal cord injuries only.