Spinal cord injuries are among the most serious types of survivable injuries that an individual can incur. Less than 1 percent of spinal-cord injury victims leave the hospital with a complete neurological recovery.* Spinal cord injuries are currently incurable.
As Virginia and Washington D.C. spinal-cord injury attorneys, we know how much you are suffering and how badly you want a cure. We know how much medical care and rehabilitation cost, and we want to help you recover damages to pay for those services, and for other damages related to your spinal cord injury.
How Spinal Cord Injuries Occur
Approximately 12,000 people suffer spinal cord injuries in the United States each year.* Just over 41 percent of spinal cord injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents. Falls are the second leading cause of spinal cord injuries, accounting for approximately 27 percent of injuries each year. Other spinal cord injuries result from violence, sports injuries, and other causes.
Spinal Cord Injuries are Currently Incurable
Since spinal cord injuries are currently incurable, most of the medical treatment provided to spinal cord injury victims is supportive, and includes various therapies and treatments to improve the quality of life for the injured person.
A lot of research is being done into treating, and hopefully curing, spinal cord injuries. This research includes work with a patient’s own white blood cells, embryonic cell transplants, and the use of folate to treat spinal cord injuries.
The Washington D.C. and Virginia spinal cord injury lawyers of Shevlin Smith understand how fundamentally a spinal cord injury affects the life of the victim and his or her family. Call our Northern Virginia paralysis lawyers today if you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident and want to learn how we may be able to help with your recovery.
*Source:National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center: Spinal Cord Injury Facts and Figures at a Glance February 2010