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Personal injury involving spinal cord may impact life long term

In a car accident or a serious fall, a person in Montana can easily suffer spinal cord damage. This type of personal injury is serious and even debilitating. Fortunately, a team of professionals recently created a three-dimensional atlas showcasing a spinal cord to facilitate a greater understanding of spinal cord injuries and how to treat them effectively.

Research shows that nearly 17,000 spinal cord injuries occur in the United States each year. In addition, over 280,000 people in the country are living with these types of injuries. Car crashes remain the top cause of injuries to the spinal column.

Based on the severity and location of the injury, the symptoms may vary greatly. As a general rule of thumb, the higher an injury occurs on the cord, the greater the amount of function the victim will end up losing. A patient may temporarily lose muscle function in the legs and hips, or the individual could become permanently paralyzed in the legs and arms. A serious injury might require a patient to receive full-time care at home. Unfortunately, these types of injuries can be emotionally and financially overwhelming for patients and their families.

If a patient's spinal cord injury in Montana resulted from the apparent negligence of another party, a personal injury claim for monetary damages against the reportedly at-fault party may be appropriate. Liability must be established before the civil court hearing the case before damage claims will be determined. A successfully fought claim may result in a monetary judgment to cover medical expenses and other injury-related losses.

Source: statnews.com, "A 3-D spinal cord atlas will improve treatment of difficult injuries", Marc D. Moisi, R. Shane Tubbs and Ricardo Lockette, March 23, 2018

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