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Financing The Future

Published: September 14, 2003 | Category: Information

Managing Disability Related Expenses

Along with the emotional and physical challenges that lie ahead, your finances will be an ongoing concern. The cost of health care and other disability-related expenses is extremely high, and you will need to have a clear plan for managing your personal finances.

Settlement Considerations

Many people who receive large settlements are faced with the choice of whether to take their awards in the form of a lump sum or a structured settlement over a period of time. This is an important decision that can have a substantial effect on you and your families long-term financial well-being. Continue Reading »

Liability And Your Rights

Published: September 14, 2003 | Category: Information

What is Liability?

Liability means responsibility under the law. If a person or company is responsible, or partially responsible, for someone else’s injury, they can be held liable by a court of law.

Under the American civil court system, people have the right to pursue litigation, and to be compensated for negligence, wrongdoing or bad faith. People also have the responsibility to pursue litigation when it can bring about changes that will benefit society. Continue Reading »

Your Legal Options

Published: September 14, 2003 | Category: Information

Anyone who has suffered a spinal cord injury or serious back injury should consult with a lawyer as soon as possible to determine their legal rights. There is no charge or commitment for such a consultation. An accident that may appear to be no ones fault or your own fault could still result in economic recovery for you.

Never assume that legal consultation would be a waste of time, or would cost you money. Continue Reading »

Research In Sci Treatment

Published: September 13, 2003 | Category: Information

Drug Treatments For New Injuries

NOTE: It is important to realize these drugs are not a cure for chronic (long-term) spinal cord injuries. It is heart-ening to note, however, that treatments finally are available to lessen the severity of some acute injuries.

Research has shown that all damage in SCI does not occur instantaneously. Mechanical disruption of nerves and nerve fibers occurs at the time of injury. Within 30 minutes, hemorrhaging is observed in the damaged area of the spinal cord and this may expand over the next few hours. Continue Reading »

Treatment and Cure Research

Published: September 13, 2003 | Category: Information

Summary of Basic Science Research

As you can see by the facts detailed above, the problem of CNS response to injury is incredibly complex. No one theory or approach will overcome all of the effects of SCI, and many scientists now believe that the “cure” will not be found in a single approach, but rather in a combination of techniques. Consequently, it is important for all possible research areas to be addressed so our overall knowledge about how the system works may eventually lead to a cure for SCI. Continue Reading »

The Model Spinal Cord Injury Care Systems

Published: September 8, 2003 | Category: Information

The Model Spinal Cord Injury System program, sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, US Dept of Education, provides assistance to establish innovative projects for the delivery , demonstration, and evaluation of comprehensive medical, vocational, and other rehabilitation services to meet the needs of individuals with spinal cord injury.

Model System Centers across the United States work together to demonstrate improved care, maintain a national database, participate in independent and collaborative research and provide continuing education relating to spinal cord injury. Continue Reading »

Law Firms & Attorneys

Published: September 8, 2003 | Category: Links

Law Firms & Attorneys Specializing in Spinal Cord Injury Cases

Brain Injury Law Center
Based in Hampton, VA, and recognized nationally as a legal advocate for the traumatically injured, Stephen M. Smith has practiced brain injury and spinal cord injury law for 28 years. If you or a loved one is suffering from a brain or spinal cord injury, contact Stephen today for legal guidance and just compensation so that you can afford the best medical care available. Continue Reading »

Social Security Disability Benefits

Published: September 8, 2003 | Category: Information

When to apply:

You should apply as soon as you become disabled. If you apply for Social Security, Disability benefits will not begin until the sixth full month of disability. The Social Security disability waiting period begins with the first full month after the date we decide your disability began. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits are paid for the first full month after the date you filed your claim, or, if later, the date you become eligible for SSI. Continue Reading »

Assitive & Adaptive Technology

Published: September 8, 2003 | Category: Links

The premier source for information on Assistive Technology. ABLEDATA is a federally funded database whose primary mission is to provide information on assistive technology and Rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources. The database contains information on more than 29,000 assistive technology products with detailed descriptions of each product including price and company information.  It also contains information on non-commercial prototypes, customized and one-of-a-kind products, and do-it-yourself designs. Continue Reading »

Associations & Orgs

Published: September 8, 2003 | Category: Links

American Paraplegia Society
Dedicated to improving the quality of medical care delivered to persons with SCI. Promotes research and the review of scientific findings.

American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA)
Group of medical and other professionals engaged in treatment of spinal cord injury: to promote and establish standards for health care, education, to foster research and to facilitate communication between members. Continue Reading »