New Jersey is just one of a handful of states that has legislation that would provide funding for spinal cord injury research. In many other states, such research often gets hung up in political bickering as to how such research should be funded.

A key problem concerning spinal cord injuries suffered in a car accident is that it's one of those conditions that cannot heal. Medical research is not as of yet advanced to the point where paralysis can be reversed in such patients.

There is much anticipated research that will occur regarding spinal cord injuries in the upcoming years. This includes a variety of stem cell research trials, robotic devices used in rehabilitation, electronic bridges designed to join disconnected portions of a severed spinal cord, medications, devices that may someday allow for spinal cord patients to walk, and research into reconnecting of nerves.

Yet for individuals that have suffered from a spinal cord injury, this all remains a future endeavor. State funding will likely not compensate individuals paralyzed in accidents from receiving needed daily services, from receiving the appropriate pain treatments that will vary from one individual to the next, allowing for compensation of wage loss that, in the case of paralyzed patients, could be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, or for the loss of enjoyment of life. For this type of compensation, those suffering spinal cord injuries may wish to contact an attorney that has represented such injured individuals many times before.

Indifference to these kinds of lawsuits stems chiefly from individuals not understanding that such an injury could occur to them or to a member of their families. Spinal cord injuries can affect people from every age group.

Source: Huffington Post, "'Fight for each other': Paralysis Cure Research Bill Hangs in the Balance," by Don C. Reed, May 15, 2012