In the news recently was the remarkable story about a woman who suffered a spinal cord injury in North Carolina a little over a year ago following a freak accident at her bachelorette party.
According to The Associated Press, she was celebrating her anticipated marriage with friends when a pool accident occurred and left her paralyzed. One year later, following physical and mental rehabilitation, she plans to wheel down the aisle and carry through her plans to get married.
Spinal cord injuries are considered catastrophic and life changing but life can go on with proper medical treatment and extensive rehabilitation. The medical costs associated with these types of injuries can often be as devastating as the injury itself so contacting an experienced Asheville personal injury lawyer immediately can help determine what rights you have and what course of action to take.
A Carolina cowgirl who was participating in the International Finals Youth Rodeo recently found out that life can change in a split second after an incident with a bucking horse. According to News OK, she was critically injured earlier this month after being thrown from her horse while practicing breakaway roping prior to her competition.
She landed on her head, injured her spinal cord and has no feeling from her chest down after breaking her vertebra in her neck and back.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that each year approximately 15 to 40 new spinal cord injury cases per million people happen. Roughly speaking, this equates to about 12,000 to 20,000 new patients annually.
It is estimated that approximately 200,000 people are currently living in the U.S. with a spinal cord injury. In 25 percent of cases, alcohol plays a contributing factor leading to serious injury caused by the accident. Motor vehicle accidents (46 percent), fall accidents (22 percent), violence (16 percent) and sports injuries (12 percent) are the leading causes of spinal cord injuries.
Approximately 80 percent of spinal cord patients are male and 50% to 70% of patients are between the ages of 15-35.Severe spinal cord injuries can often lead to paraplegic or quadriplegic symptoms.The difference between the two is the amount of bodily function that can be regenerated after serious injury has occurred and paralysis is determined.
Paraplegics are paralyzed from the waist down but maintain control and feeling in arms, hands and fingers. Quadriplegics lose bodily function in all four limbs. The average annual cost for spinal cord-related injuries is approximately $15,000-$30,000.
Throughout a lifetime, cost associated with medical care and long-term rehabilitation can add up to anywhere between half a million to $3 million.Recovering from a spinal cord accident can have a tremendous psychological and emotional impact on victims and the members of their family.
Resources are available to help in the recovery process. For more information about spinal cord injury and paralysis resources, visit the Paralysis Resource Center website.
The injury lawyers at Lee Law Offices, P.A. are dedicated to protecting spinal cord injury victims and their families in North and South Carolina. Call for a free initial consultation to discuss your claim at 1-800-887-1965.
North Carolina cowgirl paralyzed in accident at the International Finals Youth Rodeo, by Ed Godfrey, News OK
Pool Safely Campaign Aimed at Reducing Drowning Deaths in Winston-Salem, Elsewhere in Country, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, June 3, 2011