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AMERICAN CHRONICAL reports that the California State Assembly Health Committee unanimously passed a bill by Assembly member Alberto Torrico which would extend funding for spinal cord injury research for an additional five years. The original bill, The Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act was signed into law in 2000, renewed in 2005 and would expire next January if the new bill is not approved. The funds are allocated to the University of California, and $13.9 million to date have generated an additional $60 million in research grants from the National Institutes of Health and other sources. The funds have helped in promoting research projects at a number of University of California schools including UC San Diego, leading to 175 published scientific papers and scientific breakthroughs.

Spinal Cord Injury Statistics

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistics Center, 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. The most common cause being motor vehicle crashes accounting for 41.3% of SCI cases, followed by falls 27.3%, acts of violence 15%, recreational sporting and other activities account for the balance. With 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 residual effects on SCI victims range from intermittent or chronic pain to various degrees of Paraplegia. To whatever degree, the effects of SCI are compelling and life altering. In many cases extensive medical care, rehabilitation and counseling are required to deal with the devastating effects.

Continued funding for research and development of diagnostic tools, therapy/rehabilitation and breakthroughs in the use of Stem Cell research, for example, are critical. In my many years of representing victims of personal injury resulting from auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents and slip and fall accidents I have personally witnessed the devastating effects of SCI. Consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney can have a great impact on helping you or a loved one get the help you need.