Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) can be devastating. Since 1988, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA), 45 percent of all spinal cord injuries have been “complete,” which means that the victim suffers total loss of sensation and function below the injury level. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States sees approximately 12,000 to 20,000 spinal cord injuries each year, and currently there are an estimated 200,000 Americans living with a spinal cord injury. Of those, 52 percent are considered paraplegic and 47 percent are considered quadriplegic, according to the NSCIA. The CDC reports that approximately 80 percent of spinal cord injury victims are male, with most new SCI cases occurring in people younger than 30 years old. And according to the National Injury Prevention Foundation, each year, approximately 4,860 SCI victims die before reaching the hospital. The most common causes of spinal cord injuries are motor vehicle accidents, falls, sports accidents and violence.
Coping with a spinal cord injury can be very difficult for the victim and his or her family, both financially and emotionally. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, a qualified Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer can advise you of your legal rights and help you pursue action against the party responsible for your injury.
Coping with a Spinal Cord Injury
According to the Mayo Clinic, adapting to life with a new disability is no easy task, but with motivation and support, SCI victims can move on to lead productive and fulfilling lives. The following steps can help one adjust to life with a spinal cord injury:
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury and negligence may have contributed to your injury, contact an experienced Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney to find the legal support you need during this challenging time.