According to recent reports, Japanese researchers are developing an artificial connection from the human brain to the locomotion center of the body with the help of a computer. The intended result is to help people who have suffered spinal cord injuries walk without assistance.
The brain sends a message to the locomotion center of the body telling it to walk, run and rest. A spinal cord injury disrupts this communication by interfering with the neural networks that transmit the message from the brain. According to the study, the new computer interface allows patients to use a magnetic stimulator that sends commands to the spinal locomotion center using volitionally-controlled muscle activity.
This is exciting news for victims of spinal cord injuries. Those who suffer trauma to the spinal cord in an accident often lose some or all of their ability to walk or move. In the United States, over half of spinal cord-injured individuals are said to be paraplegic and almost half are quadriplegic. More than 10,000 spinal cord injuries occur in the U.S. every year.
If you or a loved one suffer a spinal cord injury due to another person’s negligence, you can face excessive financial costs. Even if the injured party has insurance, the victim is often responsible for large medical fees. Many insurance plans do not cover the complete cost of spinal cord injury care, resulting in huge out-of-pocket costs for the victims and their families. In some cases, the lack of insurance coverage can prevent a victim from taking advantage of the latest treatment available for spinal cord injuries.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC reports some average medical costs associated with spinal cord injuries. These include but are not limited to:
In addition, 63 percent of spinal cord injury victims are unemployed eight years after the injury occurs.
To avoid financial disaster, victims who have been forced into this situation must take immediate steps to protect their legal rights. To delay in doing so can hinder their ability to receive compensation and may, in some case, negate their claims.
The Sam Harding Law Firm in Las Vegas can offer help for victims of spinal cord injuries. Whether you have suffered partial or complete paralysis or other complications related to an accident, Sam Harding may be able to help you recover compensation. Contact Sam Harding for a free consultation today.