September is National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness month, a designation that is important to us at Milestone, as many of the injured plaintiffs we have worked with have suffered from spinal cord injuries. Take a moment to view these statistics from the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center:
- Around 294,000 people are living with spinal cord injuries in the U.S.
- About 17,810 new spinal cord injury cases occur in the U.S. every year.
- Motor vehicle accidents are the most recent leading cause of injury, closely followed by falls.
Considering that the average age of injury is 43, many people who endure a spinal cord injury (SCI) have a lot of their lives left ahead of them, and must learn how to address the many new challenges that arise. For example, if someone has recently been partially paralyzed and is now in a wheelchair as a result of an accident, he or she will have to potentially make significant changes to their home, identify new modes of transportation, possibly get a new job or make adjustments to their work (if they can work at all), and more – on top of dealing with a new mental and emotional reality.
Celebrating National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness month brings attention to how prevalent SCIs are, and how investment into scientific and medical research is needed to continue identifying treatments to reduce, prevent, and reverse paralysis and improve other aspects of daily life for individuals with these injuries. Additionally, Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month is a time to spread awareness of potential risk factors (such as distracted driving) as well as safety precautions that can be taken to reduce the number of injuries in the future.
As a settlement planning firm, we are keenly aware of the financial implications a spinal cord injury can have on a family. We have worked with many plaintiffs to help them identify the best ways to make their personal injury settlement cover all aspects of their life post-injury. We use our expertise to ensure the money a victim receives after a catastrophic accident can best address his or her current and future medical needs, family needs, and future goals. If you or someone you know has endured a spinal cord injury and is going through litigation, we would be happy to provide guidance and a free financial consultation.
This September, consider getting involved with or supporting the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, an organization “dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by advancing innovative research and improving quality of life for individuals and families impacted by paralysis.”
A West Point graduate where he served as captain and military aviator, John Bair continues his commitment to our country through his efforts within the settlement planning industry. He has represented families of victims lost in the Flight 3407 crash, offered pro bono services to the families of 9/11 victims and drafted the first consumer protection bill for plaintiffs (H.R. 3699).