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Spinal injuries common for returning veterans

With more than 42,000 veterans eligible for veterans benefits and medical care from the Department of Veterans Affairs, this is one of the more common injuries that happens during service. More than $2,500 per month is available for injured veterans who suffer from parplegia, tetraplegia and other injuries of the spine.

“Spinal cord injuries can occur at any level of the spinal cord, and the level of the injury will dictate which bodily functions are altered or lost,” according to the Paralyzed Veterans of America’s website. “Damage to the spinal cord can cause changes in movement, feeling, bladder control, or other bodily functions. How many changes there are depends on where the spinal cord was injured and how severely the spinal cord was injured.”

Annual spinal cord injury costs in the United States are said to be upwards of $10 billion annually with total costs sitting at more than $21,0000 per patient, according to a report from the National Institutes of Health. These injuries can be series, costly and deadly in some cases. Prompt treatment and attention from medical professionals is necessary.

In order to obtain or increase a rating in connection with a spinal cord injury, it is important that the veteran has sufficient medical proof to support their claim. Objective medical evidence, such as CAT and MRI scans and doctors progress notes reflecting pain and functional limitation, are critical to demonstrating the required level of functional loss as a result of a spinal cord injury. The Law Office of Harold W. Conick and Associates are experts at proving spinal injuries in court