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How Violent acts Cause Spinal Cord Injuries?

The North Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Association provides resources for spinal injury victims in the state and offers support to spinal cord injury (SCI) sufferers and their families.  Spinal cord injuries can be life-changing and can necessitate very costly care for the rest of a person’s life due to the incurability of spinal damage. It is important for those who suffer an injury to get necessary help and support.

Spinal cord injuries occur for many different reasons, including motor vehicle accidents, falls, and acts of violence. Violent acts are the third leading cause of spinal injury according to Mayo Clinic, and violence causes around 15 percent of all new SCIs. Gun shots, knife wounds, and assaults of all types could result in damage to the spine.

If a person sustains a spinal cord injury due to an act of violence, the injured victim may have the right to obtain monetary compensation to cover resulting economic and non-financial damages caused by the SCI.

The victim could pursue a claim to obtain compensation from the violent person who hurt him, but often that person has limited funds to pay damages. SCI victims could also potentially pursue a claim against the owner or renter of the property where the injury happened. Such a claim would be based on an allegation that the property owner or occupier was negligent in providing reasonable security to protect visitors from acts of violence.

A North Carolina personal injury lawyer can provide assistance in pursuing a claim for compensation after a violent act causes a spinal cord injury. Call today to talk with an attorney and find out more about how you can make a case to obtain damages.

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