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New technologies may help spinal cord injury sufferers

| Mar 20, 2020 | Personal Injury |

A car accident can have a resounding impact on your life. Although many car accident victims are able to walk away essentially unscathed, others suffer debilitating injuries that reshape the way they live their lives. This is certainly the case when it comes to spinal cord injuries. Oftentimes, these injuries leave victims with some form of paralysis. It goes without saying that even the most minor form of paralysis can prevent an individual from living the life he or she desires.

The tragic reality facing those with a spinal cord injury is that there is no known cure for their condition. This means that they have to learn how to live with their condition, which can be enormously challenging both physically and emotionally. Fortunately, though, new technologies may make it easier for these victims to achieve what they once thought was impossible.

One of those technologies utilizes electrodes to capture the brain’s impulses and transmit them to a prosthetic. In one person’s case, he was able to utilize this technology to learn how to grab objects, eat with a utensil, and even write a little bit. Scientists are hopeful that these brain-computer interfaces will pave the way for new technologies that will help spinal cord injury victims.

There are challenges, of course. Amongst them are developing technologies that are small enough for everyday use but that still effectively allow spinal cord injury victims to expand their movement and independence. With increased funding, hopefully these technologies will become more wide-spread in the not too distant future.

Recovering from a spinal cord injury can be challenging and costly. The good news is that there is hope for spinal cord injury victims, and they don’t have to face their challenges alone. They can find support from family and friends, as well as an attorney who can represent their interests in a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent party who caused the spinal cord injury in question. If successful on one of these claims, a spinal cord injury victim may be able to secure the financial stability he or she needs to obtain needed medical care and focus on his or her recovery.