(On Behalf Gibby Andry Law, New Orleans, LA)
Spinal cord injuries may or may not result in total paralysis. Based on the damage, some injuries will allow for a complete recovery while others will cause complete and permanent paralysis. Motor vehicle accidents have been found to be the leading cause of all spinal cord injuries, accounting for approximately 40% of all reported since 2005.
In July of 2006, one such accident left a sophomore at Oregon State University paralyzed from the waist down. This baseball pitcher was reportedly reaching inside his car for his duffel bag when he heard a car speeding around the corner. He was struck by a hit-and-run driver and was left in the middle of the street. He remembers trying to crawl and then waking up in the hospital the next day. After being told he would never stand or walk again, he began what became years of physical therapy and rehabilitative treatment. His hard work and attempts to stand and walk again had failed. However, through the experimental treatment developed at UCLA and the University of Louisville, he underwent surgical implantation of a 5-1/2 inch long 16-electrode stimulation device in his lower back next to his spine.
Unbelievably, the now 25 year old has since regained the ability to stand and has even taken a few steps on the treadmill. He can voluntarily move his hips, knees, ankles and toes, and has also regained some bladder and sexual function. This is made possible through electrical stimulation to his damaged spinal cord. While electrical pulses have been used in the past, a computer sent the pulses to the brain to control the activity. In this type of treatment, the spinal nerves are made responsive to sensory messages sent from the legs. This breakthrough treatment may potentially help 10-15% of those with spinal cord injuries. While not a cure, it may certainly give hope to those who once believed they were facing a lifetime of total paralysis. Exciting news in the treatment of spinal cord injuries!
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury or other injuries as the result of another personâ€™s negligence or carelessness, give me a call. The Gibby Andry Law Firm located in New Orleans, Louisiana, has extensive experience handling cases involving crippling injuries. Let us get to work on getting you and your family the compensation you deserve.