Baltimore Catastrophic Injury Lawyers: New Avenues for Spinal Cord RepairDecember 26, 2013
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is one of the most disabling — and expensive — types of physical impairment. Depending on which section of the spine has been damaged, a person may suffer partial or complete paralysis. Rehabilitation and medications to manage pain can help improve quality of life, but it is not possible to restore lost functions such as walking. However, this prognosis may change in the near future.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has committed significant funds to researching potential SCI therapies that might reverse damage and paralysis, including:
- Cell replacement
Protecting tissue in the spinal cord from damage caused by inflammation and other cellular reactions right after the initial trauma may reduce the impact of a spinal trauma. Encouraging injured nerves to regenerate cells that can repair some of the damage is another option being investigated. Other research teams are attempting to transplant stem cells or other types of cells into damaged areas. Still another approach attempts to use the neuroplasticity of the central nervous system to compensate for lost functions.
These research efforts may eventually accomplish what has long been considered impossible — the ability to significantly alter the devastating effects of SCI. However, it typically takes many years to translate promising clinical research into a safe and effective medical therapy. The 12,000 people who sustain an SCI every year can look forward to having longer, healthier lives, but they must also deal with the enormous financial burden of long-term care. That is why our Baltimore catastrophic injury lawyers fight to make sure our SCI clients receive appropriate compensation, whether they were in an auto accident with a negligent driver or harmed by medical error. Contact LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. today for a free legal consultation.