New Regenerative Therapy May Offer Hope to Car Accident Victims Who Suffer Spinal Cord Injuries
If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, you may suffer a debilitating spinal cord injury. Because injuries to the spinal cord can cause paraplegia and quadriplegia, they may result in permanent impairment of one’s sensation and mobility below the injured area of the spinal cord.
Given the devastating impact of spinal cord injuries, our Georgia spinal cord injury attorneys are encouraged by the announcement of new research that offers hope to those who suffer with these debilitating injuries.
Researchers at U.C. Davis indicate that they have developed a method to promote nerve fiber growth following damage to the spinal cord. The spinal cord is comprised of bundles of nerve fibers that are intertwined around the vertebrae of the spine. These nerves communicate with other areas of the body. The research involved utilizing a gel containing stem cells which resulted in rats regaining some mobility in areas below their spinal cord injury.
The results of the study produced a large number of new connections from the stem cell growth. Further, this regrowth of nerves successfully permitted transmitted signals over significant distances through the body. The U.C. Davis researchers are not studying whether the regeneration of spinal cord nerve fibers that was seen in rats also will occur in humans. While prior research has shown the ability to stimulate new growth of nerve fibers, this new technique has provided the first positive results in terms of repairing prior damage.
Approximately 270,000 people currently suffer under the disability imposed by severe spinal cord injuries with about 12,000 people suffering new spinal cord injuries each year. Almost half of all severe spinal cord injuries are the result of motor vehicle accidents. The severity of the damage to the spinal cord will determine the level of disability. The most frequent form of spinal cord injury involves pressure on the spinal cord (referred to as “compression”) or bruising of the spinal cord (referred to as “contusion”).
If you are involved in a car accident in Atlanta or elsewhere in Georgia, it is important to know that a negative x-ray in the emergency room does not mean that you have not suffered a spinal injury. If you feel numbness in your extremities or your injury worsens you should consider promptly seeking out a neurologist. An MRI or CT scan generally is necessary to diagnose a spinal cord injury.
Severe spinal cord injuries also take a significant financial toll on car accident victims. The lifetime cost of medical attention, as well as rehabilitative and supportive care can cost millions of dollars, depending on the severity of the injury and the age of the car accident victim. This does not include lost productivity and earnings from employment.
Our Atlanta spinal cord injury attorneys at Montlick and Associates are available to provide effective legal representation to clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.