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Shining a Light on Spinal Cord Injuries This September

September is Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. This month, Graves McLain focuses on some of the facts and figures surrounding the potentially devastating and life-altering effects that a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) can have.

The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) has released a 2018 report on Spinal Cord Injuries. The organization—funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)—operates from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Root Causes

The NSCISC indicates SCIs typically result from the following causes:

  • 4% from Unspecified Causes
  • 5% from Surgical Malpractice
  • 8% from Sports-Related Injuries
  • 14% from Acts of Violence
  • 32% from Slip-and-Fall Injuries
  • 38% from Vehicular Accidents

The current U.S. population is estimated at 327 million. The NSCISC indicates the annual occurrence of SCI in the United States is approximately 54 cases per million—or nearly 17,700 new cases of SCI annually. This indicates that roughly 288,000 people in the U.S. are survivors of SCI in some form. The effects include both Tetraplegia—paralysis of all four limbs—and Paraplegia—paralysis of the legs and lower body.

Lasting Effects

For those who have suffered SCIs, the trends for long-term recovery are as follows:

  • 1% make a Full Recovery
  • 12% suffer from Complete Tetraplegia
  • 20% suffer from Complete Paraplegia
  • 20% suffer from Incomplete Paraplegia
  • 47% suffer from Incomplete Tetraplegia

We Can Help

If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, call Graves McLain right away at 918-359-6600. When you call one of our experienced Tulsa, Oklahoma Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys, we will speak with you for FREE and determine the best course of action.

We 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. At Graves McLain, you will never pay an attorney’s fee upfront—and you owe us nothing until we win your case. At Graves McLain, we don’t get paid until you do.

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