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Robotics have potential to help Texas spinal cord injury victims

When a person reports for a day at work or sets out to run errands in his or her vehicle and ends up suffering an unexpected debilitating injury, the aftermath of such an incident can be quite devastating. Texas residents who have suffered a spinal cord injury might be interested in a brand new technology that has received much positive feedback. Some who were told they would most likely never walk again are standing and taking steps thanks to the new equipment.

Unfortunately, thousands across the nation suffer injuries to their spines each year. For some, these accidents happen in the workplace, while others are injured due to the negligence of other drivers in car accidents. One man said that he expected to have a normal, uneventful day at work as a roofer but ended up having his life forever changed when he took a bad fall on the job. The new technology has brought him and others like him new hope.

The ReWalk Robotic Exoskeleton is a computerized system that helps the injured individual become ambulatory again. Special braces, which are equipped with sensors, are connected to a wristband control and a backpack worn by the patient. He or she presses the appropriate buttons, and the machine receives the necessary electronic message in order to help him or her stand and take steps.

Whether in Texas or elsewhere, ongoing medical visits and recovery costs sometimes cause undue financial stress for those who have been injured by the negligent or wrongful actions of other drivers or while performing typical duties at work. The state's legal system provides the opportunity for one who suffers a spinal cord injury to file a legal claim in a civil court. A successfully litigated case might lead to compensation, which could help alleviate some of the financial burdens caused by the injury.

Source: twcnews.com, "New Technology Makes Walking Possible for People with Spinal Cord Injuries", Marcie Fraser, Feb. 26, 2015

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