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The AMERICAN CHRONICAL reports that the California State Assembly Health Committee passed a bill, headed by Assembly member Alberto Torrico, extending funding for an additional five years for spinal cord injury research. The Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act was originally signed into law in 2000, and would expire next January if the new bill was not approved. The funds will be allocated to the University of California, which has received $13.9 million to date and has generated an additional $60 million in research grants from other sources, such as the National Institutes of Health. The funds have been used to promote research projects at several University of California schools including UC San Diego, resulting in 175 published scientific papers and scientific breakthroughs.

Spinal Cord Injury  

There are approximately 12,000 new cases of spinal cord injuries (SCI) each year in the US, not including those who die at the scene of the accident, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistics Center.  Motor vehicle crashes are the most common cause accounting for 41.3% of SCI cases , followed by falls 27.3%, acts of violence 15%, and recreational sporting activities. Taking into account the various degrees of damage to the spine at different segments, less than 1% of persons experience complete neurological recovery by the time they are discharged from the hospital. The lasting effects on SCI victims range from various degrees of Paraplegia to intermittent or chronic pain. To whatever extent, the effects of SCI are compelling and life altering. In most cases extensive rehabilitation and counseling are required to deal with the devastating effects.

Continued research and funding for the development of treatment options such as Stem Cell research, new diagnostic tools, and therapy/rehabilitation options are critical. Over the years, I have seen the devastating effects of SCI, as I’ve represented victims of personal injury and their families due to auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, and slip and fall accidents. Talking to an experienced personal injury attorney can have a great impact on finding the resources to help you, or a loved one, get the crucial care you or they might need.