As most any personal injury attorney will tell you, using caution may help lower the risk of spinal cord injury, though there is no way that is one hundred percent effective to ensure this type of injury is not sustained.
- Motor Vehicles: One of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries occur during motor vehicle crashes. There are some precautions that can be taken to lower the risk of this type of harm, such as always wearing seatbelts. Children should always wear seatbelts along with age and weight appropriate child safety seats. Children under the age of 12 years-old should sit in the back seat, since they can be harmed by air bags in the front passenger seat in the event of a collision.
- Alcohol: The risk of spinal cord injury increases if you drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or ride as a passenger with someone else who is driving under the influence.
- Falls: Spinal cord injuries can occur during falls and is the most common cause of this type of harm in people over the age of 65. In the home there are some precautions that can be taken for both adults and children. Install handrails on stairways, use a step stool with a grab bar, use nonslip mats on tile floors, in the bathtub and shower. Use safety gates to block stairs and window guards should be considered for windows to decrease the risk of spinal cord injuries in children.
- Sports: When playing any type of sport safety gear should be worn and you should not use your head to impact, such as sliding into a base in baseball, or a tackle in football and in gymnastics a spotter should be used, especially with new routines.
- Diving: Diving should not be done in shallow water and to avoid spinal cord injuries when diving the water should be 9 feet or deeper to be safe. Diving should not be done in water the depth is not known or in above ground swimming pools.