Offshore workers face unique hazards in their line of work. From dangerous weather conditions to equipment failures to employer negligence, workers continually face serious injuries trying to do their job.
One often debilitating injury is that of spine trauma.
Every year, there are over 10,000 new cases of spinal cord injury in the U.S. with 80% of these being males. Spinal cord injury is any spinal cord trauma that does not result from a disease, but an accident. The nerves that carry commands from the body to the brain are contained in the spinal cord. If there is any injury done to these 31 nerves, it can affect the victim's ability to move. The spine is sensitive and cannot repair itself on its own. For seaman and offshore workers, this type of trauma can be cause by electrocution, a fall, a diving accident, and more.
Spinal cord injuries are extremely serious as they can lead to paralysis and quadriplegia. Many offshore workers, harbor workers, and crew members are not able to return to their former occupation because of their injuries. If this is your case, you could qualify for a maritime injury claim. Besides loss of wages, you may have ongoing care and treatment as well as the initial medical bills. Our team can review your unique case in order to determine whether or not you qualify for compensation for your injuries.
Research advances and recent studies indicate that brainwaves may be able to control and even improve muscle function and movement in those that have been paralyzed. Per the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, approximately 12,500 Americans sustain a spine injury annually, making the need for improved rehabilitation a necessity. Currently, there are nearly 300,000 people living in the U.S. with disabilities due to spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries in which the nerves were completely severed will likely not be able to benefit from brainwave therapy; however, most people with spinal cord injuries only sustained bruised or fractured vertebrae damage.
The nerves that make up the spinal cord are what control the signals that the brain sends to the different parts of the body. Therefore, an injury to the upper spinal cord may result in a partial or total loss of function in the arms as well as a loss of feeling. Advances are being made in the field of brainwaves as related to muscle movement. Someday, scientists and doctors hope to be able to improve this form of treatment to a degree that it can encourage axon growth in the central nervous system (spinal cord). With a greater understanding of how cells work with each other comes a greater understanding of how to improve cell growth and restoration.
At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we are committed to providing high-quality and aggressive representation to those who were injured in maritime-related accidents. We have won billions of dollars for our clients and will do our utmost to make sure you get the compensation you need to get your life back on track. Do not wait to contact an offshore injury attorney from our legal team to get started on the road to recovery. Call (888) 346-5024!
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