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New research may help people with spinal cord injuries

Louisiana residents who have been paralyzed may have limited treatment options. However, a new study from the University of Louisville School of Medicine will test the effectiveness of epidural stimulation in spinal cord injuries. The study, which has gained approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, will include 36 people who have a device implanted in their spinal cord that sends electricity though the nervous system.

Previous research has shown that such a technique may allow patients to stand or regain control over their movements. According to a doctor from the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center, controlling movement and regulating blood pressure may be as important as being able to stand or walk. One of the goals of the study is to determine if this technique can be used clinically to help patients regardless of the severity of their injuries.

In a car accident, there are many injuries that a victim may sustain. In some cases, an individual can become paralyzed, making it difficult to walk or otherwise live a reasonable quality of life. Those who are paralyzed in an accident with a negligent driver may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit. Other parties could also be liable depending on the facts of the case.

An attorney can use cell phone records, toxicology reports and witness statements in an effort to establish that negligence played a role in an accident. In some cases, the driver might acknowledge that he or she was drowsy, distracted or otherwise negligent in causing an accident to happen. Compensation could be available to help cover medical bills, replace lost wages and make up for lost future earnings because of car crash injuries.

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