Spinal cord injuries, or SCIs, account for tens of thousands of accidents across the United States. More than 300,000 people are living with SCIs at any given time in this country. Spinal cord damage remains one of the leading causes of permanent disability and death among accident victims. Here are a few facts about SCIs and how they impact Americans every day.
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How Spinal Cord Injuries Impact Breathing
Spinal cord injuries or SCIs do not only damage the spinal cord; they are also responsible for harm to other body systems, such as the circulatory and respiratory systems. While we tend to think of SCIs in the context of loss of movement, as with a quadriplegic or paraplegic, many SCI victims suffer from difficulty breathing or performing other involuntary bodily functions. Ultimately, this type of damage may have long-term consequences as severe as loss of movement or ability to walk.
What Are The Worst Types of Personal Injury?
Personal injury encompasses a wide variety of injuries and illnesses caused by someone else’s negligence. Everything from food poisoning to dog bites can be considered a personal injury if someone else was responsible for the harm caused to another person. However, there are some types of personal injury that cause much more devastating and long-lasting damage than others. Among the worst types of personal injuries, excluding wrongful death, are traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and spinal cord injuries (SCIs).
Spinal Cord Injuries Cause Lifelong Changes
Every year, there are about 17,500 spinal cord injuries in the United States. Of these, many will suffer lifelong consequences from their SCIs. It is important for spinal cord injury victims and their loved ones to understand that SCIs often mean changes that will affect the rest of the victim’s life, and in seeking compensation … Read more
How Spinal Cord Injuries Impact A Lifetime
A spinal cord injury or SCI is a type of injury that may easily have long-term consequences. While most injuries, such as broken bones or damaged muscles, can have lingering effects, spinal cord injuries are frequently permanent and may cause life-long damage. Because of this, SCIs are often evaluated, in terms of monetary damages, as if they will last for the rest of the victim’s life. It is very important for the victim of a spinal cord injury to work with an attorney who understands how to calculate these types of damages accurately and to ensure that the victim gets all of the compensation to which he or she is entitled.
How TBIs and SCIs Impact the Economy
Certain types of personal injury accidents are not strictly “personal.” They have an effect on the families and communities of the people who suffer them. While the personal effects may be the most noticeable and dramatic, both traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and spinal cord injuries (SCIs) have an impact on the economy as well.
New Study Shows Residential Mobility Impacts Spinal Cord Injury Patient Health
Researchers working on the Spinal Cord Injury Model System recently isolated data that shows residential mobility, or moving from one home to another, after a spinal cord injury has a strong impact on the health and recovery of patients. The study, published in the Archive of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, was undertaken to investigate the … Read more
What Are the Different Possible Outcomes for Spinal Injuries?
Spinal cord injuries or SCIs can have different outcomes depending on the location and severity of the injury. All spinal cord injuries should be taken seriously; however, some have much more lasting and long-term impacts on daily life than others. Spinal Cord Basics The spinal cord is a long column of nerve tissue that runs … Read more
The ABCs of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries or SCIs are some of the most devastating types of personal injury, leading frequently to life-long complications. SCIs should always be taken seriously, as even minor ones can lead to permanent damage. It is very important for victims of SCIs to understand their rights and seek compensation for their injuries, as many … Read more
What Happens if You Get a Spinal Cord Injury?
Many injuries can result from a bad car accident or a slip-and-fall. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the extent of your injuries unless you meet with a medical professional. Because of this, some injuries can go unnoticed for a significant amount of time. But if one of your injuries from an accident is to your spinal cord, this can have serious consequences.