We will be closely watching the developments of this study, as it could have a drastic impact on people who are seriously injured in accidents.
Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) October 10, 2014
Commenting on a News 4 Tucson report about an experimental drug that could help people who suffer acute spinal cord injuries (ASCI), Phoenix personal injury lawyer Kyle A. Israel said today a major breakthrough could be on the horizon for victims of car accidents, slip and fall accidents and other serious accidents.
The co-founder of Israel & Gerity, PLLC based his comments on a September 3 article, “UAMC Trauma Center to study drug that may improve function after spinal cord injury.” The article reports that the University of Arizona Medical Center’s Trauma Center was selected as just one of 60 trauma centers across the world to conduct clinical trials of a new drug that could help people with spinal cord injuries experience less long-term damage after an accident.
Israel, a personal injury lawyer in Phoenix with 20 years’ experience, said accident victims who sustain spinal cord injuries may see an increased quality of life and greater financial stability due to advances in medicine.
“People with spinal cord injuries face many challenges over their lifetimes,” Israel said. “We know that many victims with catastrophic injuries are hopeful that something will come along that will help them regain mobility. We will be closely watching the developments of this study, as it could have a drastic impact on people who are seriously injured in accidents.”
According to News 4 Tucson, UAMC is the only Level I Trauma Center in the Southwest selected to be part of the two-year study. As part of the study, News 4 Tucson reports that patients will be assigned either a placebo medication or the experimental drug within 12 hours of injury and daily for 28 days in order to determine the effectiveness of the medication.
Currently, no medication has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat paralysis or sensory loss associated with acute spinal cord injury, according to the article. The News 4 Tucson article reports the estimated lifetime cost of acute spinal cord injury for a 25-year-old patient is in the millions of dollars.
“A young, healthy person can sustain an acute spinal cord injury in a second or two,” Israel said. “These accidents tend to happen fast, but the impact can last a lifetime. We know that the financial cost of such injuries can be astronomical over the course of a lifetime. Anyone who suffers a spinal cord injury or whose loved one is injured should not wait to take legal action. An experienced attorney can help determine a strategy that considers all the long-term costs associated with the injury. A lawyer can hold victims hold the responsible party accountable.”
About Israel & Gerity, PLLC
Attorney Kyle A. Israel obtained his degree from the Arizona State University College of Law and has practiced law in Arizona since 1994. Israel & Gerity’s legal practice focuses on helping victims of car crashes, construction accidents, construction defects, lithium toxicity, dog bites, nursing home negligence and more. Attorney Israel was anonymously selected by his peers into the first class of Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, an honor reserved for 2 percent of lawyers across the state, and has received nearly 100 percent favorable verdicts in the cases he has tried to verdict.
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