Previous posts on this blog have discussed that the severity of spinal cord injuries correlates with what part of the spine gets damaged. The point of the posts was, however, that any spinal cord injury which a Wilmington, Delaware, resident suffers is serious, and, most of the time, the injury will mean a victim will struggle with a permanent disability for the rest of his or her life.
As previous posts on this blog have reported, motor vehicle accidents are far and away the most common cause of spinal cord injuries. Despite horror stories about sports-related injuries causing an athlete permanent paralysis, a Wilmington resident puts his mobility at risk every time he or she gets behind the wheel.
As a previous post on this blog discussed, although all spinal cord injuries are permanent since the spinal cord itself does not heal, not all such injuries will land a victim in a wheelchair. If the injury is in the lower back, a person may still be able to walk and do some of the things they used to do, although they could experience incontinence and difficulty walking without some sort of help.
All spinal cord injuries could rightly be called "very serious," and it is in fact a rare day when a person is able to walk away from a spinal cord injury and not experience some sort of permanent handicap which will affect the way the victim lives the rest of his or her life.
The residents of Wilmington, Delaware know that spinal cord injuries are serious matters that people should try to avoid. A significant spinal cord injury can leave a person paralyzed, sometimes even from the neck down.
Wilmington residents and people who live in other part of Delaware most likely know that a spinal cord injury is a very serious matter. If someone's spinal cord gets damaged significantly in an accident, then he or she may struggle to walk or even be able to move his or her arms and neck again. This will obviously affect their ability to go to work, do the activities they enjoy or even perform basic daily functions.
The days, weeks and months after a Delaware accident can seem like an eternity. For the accident victim, there is usually an endless "to-do" list related to the incident: medical appointments, meetings with one's boss to determine how work aligns with rehabilitation, family and personal responsibilities that must still be maintained and meeting with a lawyer to seek legal advice.
Last week's post focused on truck accidents and the time it may take to recover from such an incident. Unfortunately, a negligent driver can be just about anyone -- school bus drivers, truck drivers or everyday commuters. Just one moment of negligence can lead to serious injury. For accident victims with spinal cord injuries, that moment can change their lives forever.
People in Delaware who have suffered a spinal cord injury are likely to stay up-to-date on the latest news regarding the spinal cord injury research community. Recently, a report has been published that shows there may be renewed hope in combatting the often-debilitating effects of spinal cord injuries.
According to a 2009 study, about one out of every 50 people in the U.S. lives with some form of paralysis. Paralysis, which is often caused by spinal cord injuries, is a very serious condition that can range from a single body part to a person's entire physical form. Over 5.5 million people must cope with paralysis in some form, not only physically but also financially.