Warmer weather means that more British Columbians want to be outside. With the ocean and so many rivers and lakes at our disposal, chances are good that you’ll find yourself on the water at least once this summer.
For people living with a traumatic spinal cord injury and those who love them, understanding the scope of the situation and knowing what to expect can be complicated. From understanding the care and treatment process to learning about research and trials, being armed with the right information can be empowering and essential.
There are 86,000 people living with spinal cord injuries in Canada and by 2030, projections estimate there will be 35,000 more. Given that spinal cord injuries do not discriminate and can affect anyone, it is important to understand what is involved.
Some highways are treacherous and the scene of road fatalities more often than others. Excessive speed, or sometimes human error, can also be the cause of critical injury or loss of life. When several negatives converge, however, an entire family can perish. The immeasurable repercussions of such a tragedy can form the foundation for a wrongful death lawsuit.
Victims of crashes nationwide, including in British Columbia, can pursue recovery of damages. This is if the car accident was caused by the negligence of another person. However, how do one know the monetary value of damages caused by spinal cord injuries – both short and long-term losses? This is particularly applicable to incomplete spinal injuries because it typically involves 'wait and see' scenarios. Most victims of such injuries are discharged from medical facilities before they have healed, and they then live in suspense to see how much they will recover.
British Columbia residents might be interested in information recently published by Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports about the prevalence of spinal cord injuries. The report indicates that 46 percent of all spinal cord injuries result from vehicle accidents, and four in ten incidents that caused spinal cord injuries involved alcohol. When a car accident victim suffers an injury that causes paralysis, he or she will be susceptible to many other health problems.
A significant percentage of spinal injuries are caused by automobile accidents every year. Unfortunately, many people in British Columbia and elsewhere lack the knowledge to recognise the signs of spinal injuries after being involved in crashes. Some people refuse transport to a hospital after a car accident but then develop medical problems later.
Living with a spinal cord injury is something no one wants to have to do; when you go from a fully functioning body to one that won't respond, it can not only be frustrating but result in the loss of your job or the ability to do the things you once loved.
Despite advances in technology, there is no cure for a spinal cord injury. Once damage is done, it is difficult for the body to recover due to the way the nerves need to heal. Unfortunately, the spinal cord does not recover in the same way as other parts of the body, making any complete injuries likely to be permanent. Although a cure is not available at this time, those with spinal cord injuries can benefit from a number of potential treatments including rehabilitation, neuroprotection, assistive devices and others.
If you've suffered a spinal cord injury after a crash with a drunk driver, you know that the pain can be intense and lasting. One injury that you might be dealing with is a thoracic or lumbar spinal fracture. This fracture can cause moderate to severe back pain, and it gets worse when you move, making recovering very difficult.