According to a recent study, the rate of traumatic spinal cord injuries is on the rise, especially among the elderly population. Research shows that the incidence rate of spinal cord injury among the younger male US population has decreased from 1993-2012, while rates for men ages 65 to 74 years has increased to 131 cases per million from a much lower 84 cases per million. A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that one in five elderly individuals who suffer such injuries dies in the hospital.
According to the study’s lead author Nitin Jain, an associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Vanderbilt University Medical Centre, “Spinal cord injury is a major public health issue in the older patients.” The study used data from 63,109 patients who suffered acute traumatic spinal cord injury during the 1993 to 2012 period. Jain concluded that “We don’t really know the exact reason for why there is an increased incidence of falls that cause spinal cord injury…older adults are likely much more active now, putting them at a higher risk.” For example, a 70-year-old man is more likely to go skiing in 2012 than in 1993.
Sadly, those who suffer traumatic spinal cord injuries are often disabled for life. This means that they will require lifelong rehabilitation which greatly impacts their lives. They will find it more difficult to work while disabled, and may not be able to perform daily functions. The author concluded that “most of these patients will have need for health care services throughout their life, many of them pretty intensive.”
Compensation for Spinal Cord Injuries
If you have been in an accident in which you suffered a spinal cord injury, you likely face a long road to recovery. In some cases, victims will not fully recover and may need lifelong rehabilitation and care. This type of medical treatment is expensive and often causes victims to go into debt. When the accident that resulted in the injury was caused by a negligent individual, that person may be held responsible for any resulting medical expenses. This at-fault individual can also be held responsible for compensating the victim for pain and suffering, such as the inability to fully function after the injury. If you have suffered a serious spinal cord injury because of another person’s negligence, call the personal injury lawyers at Bernstein & Maryanoff in Miami today for information on seeking compensation.