Friday, July 13, 2012

Classification and Effects of Spinal Cord Injury on Road Accident Victims

Classification and Effects of Spinal Cord Injury on Road Accident Victims

Victims of road accidents have the biggest probability of sustaining severe injuries, one of which is the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). According to the Foundation for Spinal Cord Injury Prevention, Care, and Cure, there are around 259, 000 people who are living with SCI. This further ranges from 229,000 up to 306,000 individuals.

This data is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which affirms that 46 percent of the occurrences were brought by motor vehicle accidents.

The disturbing thing about this is that recently, the rate of motor vehicle accidents had gone up. Based on the data presented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there have been 30,196 fatal crashes throughout the nation. Incidentally, the state with the most number of accidents is California. 

Its main city, Los Angeles, is likewise considered as the one of places with the highest incidences of traffic casualties, with around 561 cases as of 2010. This opens the possibility that there might also be a large number of SCI victims throughout California. 

To further inform those who would like to know more about SCI, it is actually classified by its completeness:

1.      Complete – All feeling or sensory as well as the ability to control movement are lost.

2.      Incomplete – There is still come sensory or motor function below the affected area. This has varying degrees.

Additionally, one way showoff showing how complex and wide ranging the effects of SCI is to enumerate the body functions that SCI negatively affects. This includes the following:

·         Bladder control
·         Bowel control
·         Skin sensation
·         Circulatory control
·         Respiratory system
·         Muscle tone
·         Sexual health

Those who sustained SCI as a result of a vehicle accident might find their predicament devastating. This is because SCI requires expensive medication and rehabilitation. Furthermore, this will not guarantee the full recovery of the patient.

In this light, a person who has no capacity of funding his or her medication may fall into depression. One option to take in order to solve this is to file a lawsuit against the liable party and to hire the services of a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer if the mishap occurred in California.