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California Bill Would Fund Spinal Cord Injury Research

Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook

Car accidents in California can result in serious injuries. One of the most devastating injuries commonly caused by car accidents is spinal cord damage that causes victims to become paralyzed.

Reports show that Americans have a one in fifty chance of becoming paralyzed at some point in the lifetime due to the risks and hazards of being in a car accident and other injuries that result in a spinal cord injury. It is estimated that in the U.S., 5.6 million adults and children currently suffer from paralysis.

Suffering a spinal cord injury and being paralyzed drastically changes a person's life. People who are paralyzed often require more medical treatment and care, which can be expensive as well as significantly alter the way they live their daily lives.

Paralysis and spinal cord injuries can be devastating, but there is hope for victims of spinal cord injuries and their families in California. A recent bill called AB 714 has been proposed by a California lawmaker. The bill proposes to raise $2 million every year in the state to help fund research to cure paralysis through the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research program.

Research shows that many spinal cord injury treatments may also be beneficial for victims of traumatic brain injuries, ALS, cerebral palsy, stroke, Parkinson's disease and many other diseases that make life much more difficult for patients.

If the bill is passed, more scientists will receive grants from the program to research a cure for paralysis to try to find treatments that can prevent and cure acute paralysis as well as chronic paralysis in spinal cord injury patients. Advocates for spinal cord injury research are hopeful that the bill will pass as it could lead to a cure for paralysis and other spinal cord injuries.

Source: Huffington Post, "If You Were Paralyzed: Two Champions You'd Want on Your Side," Don C. Reed, April 26, 2013