The World’s First Spinal Cord Injury Day

05/09/2016
World spinal cord injury day

Spinal cord injury (SCI) and the synonymous paralysis is not only devastating, but it is wholly life changing:

Learning to cope with a spinal cord injury spans much further and in much more complex ways than the visible physical trauma. It is a life-altering experience and the impact on emotions, lifestyle and relationships is huge. 

Additionally, the economic burden that such an injury has on the person who sustains the SCI and also on his or her entire support network is huge. 

The Christopher Reeve Foundation has recently calculated the average yearly costs of a spinal cord injury:

Severity of Injury                                   First Year              Each Subsequent Year                   

High Tetraplegia (C1-C4)                         $1,064,716             $184,891
ASIS ABC                                                   

Low Tetraplegia (C5-C8)                          $769,351                $113,423                   

Paraplegia                                                 $518,904                $68,739     

Incomplete motor function                    $347,484                $42,206
(any level)                                               

Clearly, learning to live with and adjusting to life with a spinal cord injury does not come cheap. Consequently, a successful compensation claim, in many cases, can mean the world. It can help enormously and ensure the transition as smooth and as easy as it possibly can be.

 

Spinal Cord Injury Day: Now to be on 5th September every year 

Currently, there are 40,000 people living with a spinal cord injury in the UK and 55% of these individuals are aged between 16 and 30. Every year this number, unfortunately, is rising: As many as 1200 people in the UK suffer a spinal cord injury every year.This amounts to a new person being told that they will never walk again every eight hours! Out of these cases, 42% are due to falls, an alarming 37% are the result of easily preventable road traffic accidents, and 12% are consequences of sporting injuries.

Resultantly, the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) has decided to observe ‘Spinal Cord Injury Day’ on 5th September every year with the intention of increasing awareness. It is hoped that an increased awareness would enable an inclusive life for SCI individuals to ensure greater chances of success of prevention programs and rehabilitation services.

 

Prevention is Cure

Unfortunately, as it stands there is no cure for a spinal cord injury, only rehabilitation and  learning to live and cope with your new life. This is not to say that there isn’t hope, as seen recently in the news, with developments being made in exoskeletons and Nutlins- a drug that could someday lead to the regeneration of a broken spinal cord. But until that day, regrettably, there is no finite solution.

As such, it is vital to take responsibility for yourself and those around you when out and about - especially when on the roads and in vehicles. If we were to all adhere to the safety measures then it is possible that together we can vastly reduce the number of devastating, yet avoidable, cases of spinal cord injuries caused, in the main, by accidents.

 

Aspire Law can help you

If you have been injured in a road traffic accident or any other accident which has caused you to sustain a spinal cord injury, then you should contact a specialist solicitor, as soon as possible.

Even if you feel that you were in some way partly to blame for the accident, you should still speak to a specialist spinal cord injury law firm such as Aspire Law. We have successfully settled many claims where our client was partly to blame for the accident that led to their injury.

At Aspire Law We understand that all the money in the world won’t turn the clock back, however, when deciding whether to pursue a compensation claim, it is crucial to fully explore all your options. As Aspire Law we understand the importance of this process and this is why we are on hand to talk through and discuss individual circumstances without any obligation to claim. We see beyond the case and see the individual.

Get in touch today to see how we can help you and your family