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Top Causes of Disability

February 15, 2013

By Michael Pines

Czech translation

Most people are surprised to learn the chances of becoming disabled are about 1 in 3. That means an estimated 33 percent of the population will become disabled at some point in their lives. Since disability can happen to anyone, it’s never been more important to stay safe at your home and workplace. Although disability is not entirely preventable, you can take a proactive approach in reducing your personal risk of injury -- here’s how.

Leading Causes of Disability

The leading causes of disability may surprise you. Because many of our daily activities involve repetition or unsafe workplace conditions, disabilities can arise out of years of chronic movement. On the other hand, accidents can also lead to severe injury including permanent disability


Arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions can lead to permanent disability later on in life. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly one-third of the population suffers from muscle and joint problems, namely those that arise out of the workplace.
To prevent arthritis, it’s important to:

Stroke & Heart Disease

Seventeen percent of all health costs in the United States are attributed to stroke and heart disease conditions. When it comes to staying healthy and preventing heart conditions and the chances of stroke:

Mental Health Problems

The mind is arguably just as fragile as other systems in the body. When the mind is greatly affected, such as the mental trauma endured after a severe accident, disability can transcend into the physical sense since work cannot be completed. A mental health professional can work with you to overcome issues related to depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and other mental health conditions that can become a serious issue if left untreated.

Bodily Disorders or Conditions

Disorders like diabetes and nervous system conditions like multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease or epilepsy can lead to permanent disability.  These conditions are often difficult to treat since they can progress quickly depending on the individual. If you are affected by any of these conditions, it’s important to seek medical guidance for your condition including medication therapy to control the progression of the disease if possible.


Accidents account for less than 10 percent of all disability cases, but many accidents such as car collisions can result in some of the most severe disabilities of its kind including paralyzation, loss of limbs, and traumatic brain injury. To reduce your personal risk of disability when it comes to car accidents:

About Michael Pines

Michael Pines is a personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Michael Pines, APC in San Diego, California. He is an accident and injury prevention expert, on a campaign to end senseless injury one article at a time.