A new state bill has the potential to provide some research funds for spinal cord injuries (SCI). Recently, an Alabama state senator proposed that officials tack on additional fees for traffic violations, such as reckless driving and DUIs, to generate extra funding, according to Claims Journal. SCIs are an unfortunate outcome of some serious car accidents in Alabama and elsewhere. These injuries can cost a lifetime of pain and suffering, in addition to seemingly never-ending rehabilitation costs.
At a recent news conference, democratic state senator, Marc Keahey, announced the plans for the bill. The news conference was held at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. Keahey said the proposed law was a result of the South Alabama student, T.F. Atchison, who was paralyzed from his injuries sustained in a traffic accident. California has a bill similar to the one being proposed here in Alabama. There, the state collects more than $10 million through traffic fines each year for research of SCIs. Keahey says he thinks the Alabama bill could potentially raise about a half a million every year, and likely much more with the help of private donors and other sources.
There are roughly 200,000 people living with SCI in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), alcohol is a factor in about a quarter of all spinal cord injuries. A lot of these instances occur during drunk driving traffic accidents. Our Alabama spinal cord injury attorneys recognize that there are expected to be anywhere between 12,000 and 20,000 new SCI patients this year. If you or someone you love has suffered an accident resulting in an SCI, you need to contact an experienced attorney. Because these type of injuries result in an astronomical cost of lifetime care, make sure your rights are protected and contact an attorney to help you to gain the compensation you deserve.
The average yearly cost for an SCI is anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000. Over a lifetime, that could add up to anywhere from $500,000 to more than $3 million. Without the proper and deserved compensation, victims are often left to suffer both financially and physically.
SCIs may not ever fully heal either. These types of injuries can result in neurologic impairments throughout the body. These impairments often include gastrointestinal, urinary, respiratory and musculoskeletal complications. It doesn't stop there. SCIs can also result in permanent psychological impairments, such as anxiety and depression.
Top Causes of SCIs:
-Traffic accidents: Nearly half.
-Falls: More than 20 percent.
-Violence: More than 15 percent.
-Sports: About 12 percent.