When you walk, you simply set the intention to take a step, and your brain sends signals through your nerves that cause your legs to move. You take this for granted if you are healthy, but if you have a spinal cord injury, you are acutely aware of how easy life is when all you have to do in order to walk is to wish for it. Regaining any movement in parts of your body below the site of a spinal cord injury is a grueling undertaking; it takes years of physical therapy, and the devices that enable such recovery of function are prohibitively expensive and are only available to a few patients. Research on the treatment of spinal cord injury has advanced tremendously in the past few decades, and increasingly effective treatments have become available to an increasing number of patients. The first step toward living your best life after suffering a spinal cord injury in a car accident is to contact a Houma car accident lawyer.
Gert-Jan Oskam, now 40, is originally from the Netherlands, and he has been living with a severe spinal cord injury since he was 28. The injury resulted from a bicycle accident that happened when he was living in China. After the accident, Gert-Jan’s legs were mostly paralyzed, but he still had some feeling in them, and he was able to lift his left heel with great effort. Determined to walk again, he sought out clinical trials for the treatment of spinal cord injury. The treatment that has enabled him to walk is the result of a study that took place in Switzerland. Gert-Jan and the other participants in the study were selected, in part, because they already had spinal cord stimulators, which are implants that send electrical impulses to nerves in the lower back, below the site of the injury. During the study, researchers installed a brain implant that enables Gert-Jan’s thoughts to communicate with the spinal cord stimulator. As a result, he is now able to walk and climb stairs.
Hope for People Living With Spinal Cord Injuries
Even with the latest technology to enable patients to regain function in affected body parts, patients with spinal cord injuries require extensive medical treatment and supportive care. Simply getting through the day is a full-time job. The last thing you need is more financial stress from your medical bills and your inability to work. If your injuries are the result of a car accident, you can recover compensation in a personal injury lawsuit. This compensation can cover your medical bills and other expenses related to your care, as well as your lost income.
Contact the Law Office of Patrick H. Yancey About Car Accidents Resulting in Spinal Cord Injury
A car accident lawyer can help you recover your accident-related financial losses if you were injured in a car accident that resulted in a severe spinal cord injury. Contact the Law Office of Patrick H. Yancey in Houma, Louisiana, to set up a consultation about your case.