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Table 1 Demographics, injury characteristics, and health indicators

From: Risk factors associated with legal interventions

  Injuries caused by legal interventiona no. (%) Injuries caused by general assaultsb no. (%)
Age in years   
 0–14 14 (1.7) 41 (4.9)
 15–24 207 (24.8) 307 (36.7)
 25–34 229 (27.4) 203 (24.3)
 35–44 190 (22.7) 141 (16.9)
 45–54 133 (15.9) 100 (11.9)
  > = 55 63 (7.5) 44 (5.3)
Gender   
 Male 760 (91.0) 715 (85.5)
Payor information   
 Government insurance 186 (22.3) 188 (22.5)
 Private insurance 248 (29.7) 214 (25.6)
 Self-pay 402 (48.1) 434 (51.9)
 Any psychiatric condition 324 (38.7) 178 (21.3)
 Alcoholism 126 (15.1) 79 (9.5)
 Drug Abuse/Dependence 110 (13.2) 64 (7.7)
 Depression 30 (3.6) 11 (1.3)
 Schizophrenia 41 (4.9) 5 (0.6)
 Any mental retardation 3 (0.4) 2 (0.2)
Disorders of the central nervous system 33 (3.9) 14 (1.7)
 Paralytic syndromesc 29 (3.5) 11 (1.3)
 Epilepsy and recurrent seizures 4 (<1 %) 3 (<1 %)
Cause of injury   
 Assault by gas 6 (0.7) 0 (0)
 Cutting and piercing instrument 11 (1.3) 140 (17.7)
 Firearms 229 (27.3) 219 (26.1)
 Human bite 1 (0.1) 8 (1.0)
 Man Handled or blow 334 (40.0) 17 (2.0)
 Struck by blunt or thrown object 102 (12.3) 121 (14.5)
 Unarmed fight or brawl 2 (0.3) 167 (19.9)
 Unspecified 103 (12.3) 97 (11.6)
 Other 53 (6.3) 67 (8.4)
 Total 836 (100.0) 836 (100.0)
  1. aInjuries caused through legal intervention actions; ICD-9 Ecodes 970–978
  2. bInjuries caused through assaults, not including child abuse (E967); ICD-9 Ecodes 960–969
  3. cParalysis includes quadriplegia, quadriparesis, paralegia, diplegia of upper limbs, monoplegia of lower limb, and cauda equine syndrome; ICD-9 Ncodes 344–344.9