Bill, 55, was repairing his roof on a Saturday afternoon when he fell, sustaining a C4 spinal cord injury. He was rushed to the hospital and had surgery. Afterward, while he lay in the intensive care unit, a hospital representative informed him that his medical insurance would only cover 30 days of inpatient Rehabilitation, and would not cover rehabilitation in the hospital of his choice.
Bill found this difficult to believe. After all, he had paid high premiums for over 20 years to ensure that he and his family were covered by a large, reputable company. His doctors were recommending a rehabilitation stay of 8-12 weeks at a facility with special expertise in Cervical spinal cord injury.
Think you know the facts about spinal cord injuries? Here is some information that may surprise you.
Who Do Spinal Cord Injuries Affect in the United States?
- 250,000 Americans are spinal cord injured.
- 52% of spinal cord injured individuals are considered Paraplegic and 47% quadriplegic.
- Approximately 11,000 new injuries occur each year.
- 82% are male.
- 56% of injuries occur between the ages of 16 and 30.
- The average age of spinal cord injured person is 31.
- SCI injuries are most commonly caused by:
ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act
U.S. Department of Justice ADA home page.
ADA Technical Assistance Program
Consisted of a diverse array of projects to further the understanding and implementation of the Act. The program has created a vast infrastructure of resources, including numerous ADA publications and videos, materials targeted to specific audiences, training packages and an unparalleled knowledge of the ADA.
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.
Average Yearly Expenses
|Severity of Injury||First Year||Each Subsequent Year|
|Incomplete any Level||$168,627||$11,817|
Transplanted stem cells can improve Motor skills in injured rats
FRIDAY, Aug. 30 (HealthDayNews) — Japanese researchers are reporting yet another advance in the repair of damaged body parts using fetal stem cells.
This one could be big because it involves spinal cords, experts say.
Every year, approximately 10,000 persons in the United States, typically young adults (New Mobility, 1996), seriously injure their spinal cords and become permanently paralyzed. Through advances in medical treatment, most persons survive a spinal cord injury and live two or more decades post-injury. However, researchers have only recently begun to study the long-term psychosocial implications of a spinal cord injury (Whiteneck, Charlifue, Frankel, et al., 1992). One such psychosocial implication is the person’s perceived satisfaction with the quality of his or her life following such an injury. This study examined factors associated with the life satisfaction of persons with a spinal cord injury including biological, personal, and social factors.
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a severe traumatic Disability that occurs suddenly and affects both sensory and Motor functions. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center 1999), there are about 203,000 persons in the U.S. who have sustained a spinal cord injury and approximately 10,000 new injuries occurr each year. Although medical advances have increased the life expectancies of people with SCI, there has been a limited amount of research addressing life satisfaction in people with SCI (Krause, 1992).