For the last two decades, we have watched as 3D printing has evolved. In the early years when we were told that 3D printing would revolutionize the world, most of us laughed. After all, those early, huge, 3D printers took days to make even just one small item.
That is not the case today. 3D printing is changing nearly every industry, perhaps none more so than the field of medicine. Now, researchers from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and the Institute of Engineering in Medicine have created changed the ball game.
The researchers have created a spinal cord using rapid 3D printing then implanted the scaffolding loaded with neural stem cells, and inserted it into rats who have severe spinal cord injuries. They say these implants are “intended to promote nerve growth across the spinal cord injuries, restoring connections and lost function.”
They have seen success and hope to one day soon use this technology in human patients. At The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., we applaud the achievements of these researchers and hope this helps the over 282,000 people who are living with spinal cord injuries in the US. If you need a Philadelphia spinal cord injury attorney, we are here to help.
The US Numbers
Spinal cord injuries are serious and life-altering. Not only do they change everything for the victim, but also for their entire family. The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center tells us that SCIs occur in the following ways:
- Vehicle Accidents – 38%
- Falls – 30%
- Violence – 14%
- Sports and Recreation – 9%
- Medical Errors – 5%
- Other Incidents – 4%
What many people do not realize is that these are some of the most expensive injuries to deal with. The first year of medical treatment alone can range from $347,000 to over $1 million.
The first year of treatment for a spinal cord injury often costs more than what many people make in a lifetime.
Each following year also sees incredible medical costs as well as other hidden costs. These can include things like travel expenses, home and vehicle modifications, emotional and psychological care, and more. If the victim or their caregiver is no longer able to work, they will lose income that is necessary to care for themselves and their family.
Will insurance cover all of these expenses?
What Happens Now?
If you or a loved one have sustained a spinal cord injury that was caused by another person’s negligence, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., out skilled and qualified team is ready to investigate your case so we can secure the compensation you need. This can include:
- Coverage of your medical bills
- Pain and suffering damages
- Lost income
- Punitive damages