People suffer injuries in Florida every day. The severity of these injuries can vary greatly, but injuries to the spinal cord can have a great effect on a person's life. A spinal cord injury victim may never be able to return to their normal life activities. It can be devastating for the injured person and their family, especially if the injury was caused by the negligence of another person.
A spinal cord injury can cause the victim to lose the use of certain limbs or in some cases all their limbs. They may never be able to walk again and may have to learn basic motor skills all over again. These types of injuries also generally require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation.
The Florida Department of Health's Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program assists people who have suffered moderate to severe spinal cord or brain injuries. A spinal cord injury is defined as "a lesion to the spinal cord or cauda equine resulting from external trauma" resulting in "sensory deficit, or bowel and bladder dysfunction." For a person to be eligible for the program there must be a reasonable possibility that they can return to the community and not require a skilled nursing facility.
The program offers services including case management, rehabilitative services, assistive devices, modifications to home or car, transition services, long-term support for the person and their family and others.
This is a great program for victims of spinal cord injuries, but it does not cover every spinal cord injury or everything the victim may need in their recovery. If the victim was injured by another person or at work, they may be able to receive compensation for all the consequences of their injury. Experienced attorneys understand these types of injuries and may be a useful resource for those suffering from a spinal cord injury.
Source: The Florida Department of Health, "Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program" accessed on November 18, 2014