Friends work to raise money for spinal cord injury victim

A 25-year-old Pennsylvania man was driving when he lost control of his vehicle and it crashed into a tree in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, this July. Now, at just 25 years old, it remains unsure if the man will ever be able to walk again. The young man suffered a serious spinal cord injury, rendering him numb from his third rib down to his feet. Doctors needed to perform intensive and dangerous operations involving spinal fusions, plates and rods.

This past weekend, friends of the spinal cord injury victim organized a benefit to help raise funds that will work toward covering some of the immense costs associated with an injury of this nature. A friend close to the victim told a local paper, “He’s been in and out of rehab and his expenses are stacking up. He does have good insurance, but fortunately that doesn’t help with living expenses.”

Many people don’t understand the emotional and financial devastation of being in an accident that yields a spinal cord injury. Sometimes an individual can’t return to work and they are constantly bogged down with mounting medical expenses. Further, if the victim is left wheelchair bound, they will likely need special vehicles and adjustments to their living quarters.

The friend of the victim also went on to say that, “His wheelchair costs $1,700. If he wants to learn to drive again he has to pay $3,000 for an adaptive driving course and then get a car that is an adaptive driving car.” Hopefully, the fundraiser this weekend was a big success and drew in a large crowd.

Victims that suffer similar injuries in which a negligent party is responsible for the accident could, in some instances, stand to regain financial compensation. A successful personal injury claim could mean that a victim is able to afford long-term care costs more adequately.

Source: The Times Herald, “Friends plan fundraiser for accident victim Luke smith at Brother Paul’s Pub,” Gary Puleo, Oct. 10, 2012



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