As Virginia (VA) personal injury lawyers we know that traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) is perhaps the most devastating orthopedic injury. Approximately 11,000 new injuries occur each year with car accidents being the leading cause of spinal cord injury.
Now, researchers at the University of Virginia have learned that what happens to the body after sustaining a major spinal injury could actually help doctors treat some serious medical conditions. They have singled out an immune system response that happens after someone sustains an injury to their central nervous system previously thought to be harmful. The new findings suggest that doctors may want to increase the interleukin 4 response, to boost the protection it provides. They also may be able to determine how well a patient will respond to treatment by developing a test to detect the number of interleukin 4-producing cells present.
"Because spinal injuries are chronic and the patients have them live really their whole life with the disability they get, if we can restore this function - really from the very beginning of the injury - then we can have a large impact on their quality of life,” said one of the researchers.
The lawyers at our VA personal injury firm have handled a number of claims and lawsuits over the years involving this kind of tragic spinal cord injury. One paraplegia case we worked on was an injury to a railroad worker out of Richmond, Virginia (VA). When a train wreck results in major spinal cord injury, the best lawyers use a variety of experts to prove the economic losses to the plaintiff in the future. For example, our firm hires a top life care planner in Virginia (VA) to establish what the future medical expenses and future cost of care will be for someone who is stuck in a wheelchair and will be for the rest of their lives.