Every year there are approximately 17,000 new cases of spinal cord injuries in the United States, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center. Spinal cord injuries occur when trauma causes damage to the spinal cord resulting in impaired or blocked communication between the brain and body. The ability to control one’s limbs following a spinal cord injury depends on the location of the injury and the severity of the damage to the spinal cord.
Spinal Cord Injuries Can Be Severe
Spinal cord injuries can range in severity and are classified as either complete or incomplete. Incomplete means that some sensory or motor function remains below the level of injury. Complete spinal cord injury refers to a total loss of sensory or motor functions below the level of injury. Common symptoms of spinal cord injuries include loss of movement, loss of sensation, extreme pain, burning or stinging sensation, and difficulty breathing.
Spinal cord injuries can result in a variety of medical complications such as chronic pain, respiratory problems, and spasticity, which is characterized by muscle stiffness or involuntary spasms. While there are no means of reversing damage to the spinal cord, common treatments involve medications, surgery, and rehabilitation programs including physical and occupations therapy. In addition, researchers are constantly looking for new forms of treatments through clinical trials.
New Study Gives Hope to Spinal Cord Injury Victims
For the nearly 300,000 people living with spinal cord injuries in the U.S., a new study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research may offer hope. Using a mouse model of a “thoracic spinal cord contusion injury”, researchers from Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan divided mice into treated and control groups. The treated group was given Rapamycin, which is a commonly used drug in organ transplants.
The study revealed that the Rapamycin-treated group had significantly improved locomotor function and reduced neuropathic pain after only four hours of treatment. This group of researchers had used Rapamycin in their previous work and found that the treatment had reduced nerve damage locomotor impairment in spinal cord injuries. The hope is that the drug could provide a new treatment for spinal cord victims by reducing tissue damage and neuropathic pain.
Compensation After a Spinal Cord Injury
The majority of spinal cord injuries are preventable. In fact, the leading cause of spinal cord injuries are motor vehicle accidents, followed by falls, acts of violence, and sport/recreational activities. If you have been injured in an accident caused by another person’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Through a personal injury lawsuit, you may be able to recover compensation for past and future:
- Medical costs
- Loss of earning capacity
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
- Physical limitations
Working with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an accident can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
How a Houston Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
The Houston personal injury lawyers at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. have over 27 years of experience handling cases involving spinal cord injuries. We understand the unique challenges and hardships spinal cord injury victims and their families can experience after a traumatic accident. We have the skills, resources, and experience necessary to fight for the maximum possible compensation in your case.
To receive a free initial consultation, call our experienced Houston personal injury attorneys at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. today at (281) 283-8500. We welcome your questions about the legal process, personal injury lawsuits, and how we can help you.