New Research Could Greatly Assist Spinal Cord Injury Victims
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, there are approximately 12,500 new cases of spinal cord injuries each year. It is estimated that approximately 276,000 people in the United States are currently living with a spinal cord injury, with the average age of injury being 42 years, up from just 29 back in the 1970's. Males account for some 80 percent of new spinal cord injury cases.
Spinal cord injuries are permanent and greatly impact the lives of victims and their families. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, our Georgia personal injury lawyers understand that spinal cord accident victims can find themselves unable to return to their careers. They might be unable to perform tasks that they previously considered routine. This can be immensely hard for accident victims and their families, and those with spinal cord injuries deserve complete compensation for the losses they have sustained.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
There are many causes of spinal cord injuries and many of them are related to accidents. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries, and motorcycle accidents follow in a close second. The force involved in car and motorcycle accidents can cause the spine to become severely injured, often leading to paralysis and other permanent injuries. Falls are another central cause of spinal cord injuries, particularly in older individuals. Slip and fall accidents can happen on sidewalks, in stores, in the workplace, or in nursing homes, to name a few common locations.
Any spinal cord injury can have devastating consequences. Spinal cord injuries can leave you without bladder and bowel control, lacking in sensation, coping with respiratory system issues, severe pain, and much more.
Stem Cell Therapy May Be Life Changing for Spinal Cord Injury Victims
Recently, StemCells Inc. announced that it had found success improving the functioning and strength of the limbs of patients with spinal cord injuries and is only the second company to find success in treating such injuries with stem cells. The company has developed stem cells made out of tissue that modify to multiply into nerves. A like company has shown success in improving the mobility of paralyzed patients, a feat formerly believed impossible. The two companies vary in their approach, with one company using stem cells derived from embryos and the other using mature cells. Both companies are showing promising results and it is conceivable that stem cell treatment could become standard in future years. The treatment will likely come at considerable cost for now and could take extensive time to have an effect.
Contact Montlick and Associates and Put Our 30 Years of Experience to Work on Your Claim!
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car, truck, or other accident involving negligence, you should be eligible to receive compensation. The Georgia Personal Injury Lawyers at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, assist injured accident victims across Georgia and in the Southeast. Our firm has over 30 years of experience and is committed to providing zealous representation to our injured clients. The sooner you act after your accident, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible.
Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 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.