Thousands of Americans experience a spinal cord injury each year. These injuries are devastating and can result in life long care. Spinal cord injuries cause significant physical challenges and emotional stress for both the injured, and their families.
Living with a spinal cord injury is extremely costly and can result in life long medical bills, a loss of income, lengthy hospital stays, rehabilitation services, and more.
Below are recent statistics on spinal cord injuries (SCIs):
- About 17,000 people experience spinal cord injuries a year.
- Roughly 282,000 people are currently living with a SCI.
- The average age of injury is 42 years old.
- Male’s account for about 80% of those with spinal cord injuries.
A spinal cord injury can be sudden. It can happen while playing your favorite sport, during a motor vehicle accident, a serious fall, or any high-risk activity.
Know the symptoms and seek immediate medical attention after any accident that occurs. The most common symptoms include:
- Pain, numbness or a burning sensation
- Inability to move or walk
- Inability to feel pressure, heat or cold
- Muscle spasms
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Difficulty breathing
All injuries are different and not all spinal cord injuries present immediate symptoms. Depending on the severity and location of an injury, symptoms may be delayed due to swelling and bleeding around the spinal cord.
During Spinal Cord Injury Awareness month, this September it’s important to know the facts. Please be aware of the symptoms and show your support by wearing green this month.
If you or a loved one suffers a spinal cord injury in any type of accident, call Freeburn Hamilton immediately at 717-777-7777. When you call one of our experienced Pennsylvania Spinal Cord Injury attorneys, we will speak with you for FREE and determine the best course of action.
We will review every detail of your situation at no cost to you and fight hard to protect your rights. Trust our team, we are here to help.
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