Georgia Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys Discuss Rehabilitation From Spinal Cord Injury


March 19, 2017

Spinal Cord Injuries Are Life-Altering Events For The Victims And Their Families

Atlanta's Shepherd Center is a rehabilitation facility reknown for its treatment of people suffering from spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injury. According to the Shepherd Center's latest research, 38% of all spinal injuries may be attributed to motor vehicle accidents. Falls cause an additional 30.5% of spinal cord injuries. Meanwhile, violent acts cause 13% of spinal cord injuries, and sports injuries contribute to them 9% of the time. Interestingly, medical and surgical complications cause 5% of all spinal cord injury. The remaining 4% is left to unattributed causes.

Spinal cord injuries frequently render a person paralyzed. The physical devastation of the event causing the spinal injury can leave people completely dependent upon others to survive. They require around-the-clock care and, after the injuries such as broken bones have healed, the interminable process of rehabilitation begins. In many cases, their lives are forever changed. Their families suffer as well. Spouses, parents, children, and siblings of the injured may be called upon to render aid and assist with the care of their loved one. Moreover, their daily lives are interrupted because of their loved one's injury.

The costs associated with this type of intensive care are astronomical. The injured person may never go home again. The person's condition may necessitate permanently living in a rehabilitation facility. If their recovery permits, the patient may return home. However, their home must be reconfigured to accommodate their disability. Once discharged home, the victim may require additional medical care and rehabilitation. The costs of care call also mount rapidly.

The physical devastation caused by a spinal cord injury is evident. The mental and emotional anguish is not. The sudden and unexpected physical limitations resulting from paralysis due to a spinal cord injury lead to deep depression and despair. The realization that their life will never return to the way it commonly has psychological effects. Sometimes a change of scenery can help.

The tragic story of Travis Roy may help others suffering from depression after a spinal cord injury. Roy suffered a permanent spinal cord injury as an 18-year old hockey player at Boston University. His dream was to play Division 1 college hockey. Eleven seconds into his first game he slammed head-first into the end boards. He broke two vertebrae and severely damaged his spinal cord. He was tragically paralyzed instantly. His injuries were so severe that no had to learn to speak again.

Roy spent the next four months in a Boston hospital. He fell into a deep, dark depression. Eventually, Roy was transferred to a rehabilitation facility in Georgia. He started to come out of his depression and began to see how he was lucky. Roy began to find the beauty and joy in life. In short, he changed his goal from being a hockey player to learning to be self-sufficient. His mission in life is to bring his message of hope to others who have suffered from spinal cord injuries.

What Damages Can A Person Recover For Spinal Cord Injuries?

Each case is unique, and many factors will determine the outcome in personal injury claims. Generally speaking, however, Georgia law permits a person suffering from spinal cord injuries caused by the negligence or intentional act of another to recover for, among others,:

  • Medical bills,
  • Future medical expenses,
  • Costs associated with medical care,
  • Lost wages,
  • Loss of earning capacity,
  • Permanent injuries, and
  • Pain and suffering.

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Sources:
https://www.shepherd.org/patient-programs/spinal-cord-injury/Spinal-Cord-Injury-Causes
http://www.spinalcordinjuryzone.com/info/17930/travis-roy-rebuilt-tragic-hockey-injury

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