Paraplegia is most common among young men and is most frequently caused by car accidents
December 27, 2013, Kitchener, Ontario
Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer
Spinal cord injury is a relatively low-incidence but very high cost disease. Most cases of paraplegia are caused by unintentional trauma. Young men aged 18-35 are the most likely to suffer from trauma causing paraplegia. The most common traumas are:
- car accidents
- sports and recreational injuries (cycling, ATV, and dirt biking)
In Ontario about 40% of spinal cord injuries are due to slip and fall accidents and car accidents. Paraplegics are likely to suffer a higher rate unemployment. The rate of death in the early and late stages of the disease are also high. The leading causes of death include pneumonia, unintentional injury, and suicide.
The long term cost of therapies, drugs, and specialized equipment required throughout the lifetime of a paraplegic is significant and should not be underestimated. The Province of Ontario spends between $1.25 and $25 million for treatment per patient in their lifetime. The cost to the patient and their family is also very significant.
|Posted under ATV Accidents, Car Accidents, Paraplegia, Personal Injury, Slip and Fall Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Treatment
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