Have You Suffered a Spinal Cord Injury As a Result of an Accident?
What is the Leading Cause of Spinal Cord Injury?
According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle accidents are the main cause of spinal cord injury in the nation to date, more than double the other causes which are falls, violence or sports injuries. While there are currently nearly a quarter of a million people living with spinal cord injury in the United States, expectations are that there will be up to 20,000 more each year, mostly age 30 or younger. Statistics also reveal that alcohol abuse has greatly contributed to the accidents which have resulted in spinal cord injury. Over a lifetime, the cost to treat such an injury can exceed $3 million.
How Does a Spinal Cord Injury Affect One’s Life?
Since the spinal cord is the primary conduit of communication between the brain and the rest of the body, an injury in this region can be critical to the body’s overall health. If a severe injury has occurred in the vicinity of the neck, major bodily paralysis can be the result. This is known as quadriplegia, or affecting all four limbs. If the location of the injury is farther down the back in the lumbar region, for instance, paralysis may only affect the lower part of the body. This is called paraplegia, or affecting just two limbs.
While paralysis can be one of the most significant repercussions of a spinal cord injury, there are many other complications which can cause long-term medical issues with difficult residual effects. These can include problems with breathing and the lungs; heart function and circulatory obstacles; sexual and reproductive dilemmas, particularly for men; excretory and urinary complications; neurological incidents which can lead to seizure, stroke, or even fatality; and psychological conditions which emerge as anxiety or depression.
What is the Long-Term Prognosis?
Although modern medicine has progressed at warp speed to provide much more hope in conquering some of these symptoms of spinal cord injury, the majority of victims still must confront daily struggles with a full range of treatments and modalities meant to assist with recovery and return to normal living. Some of these strategies include sophisticated medications and injections; reconstructive surgery and implantations; orthopedic procedures and exercise; rehabilitative programs; computer-generated electrical stimulation; re-education and training for future occupational realties; and social, physical, psychological and musical therapies to address issues of self-esteem, speech, functional and behavioral deficiencies and depression.
What Should You Do?
If you have been the victim of an accident which has left you with any of these catastrophic symptoms of a spinal cord injury, you should meet with an experienced personal injury attorney at the Houston law firm of Joel A. Gordon and Associates, who can weigh the circumstances of your case to determine whether you need to initiate a legal action. With the effects of this injury persisting for perhaps the rest of your life, you need to address your long-term financial security and extensive medical requirements. Call us today for a free consultation to discuss whether someone’s negligence led to this life-altering situation for you and your family.