Spinal cord injuries can absolutely devastate the lives of Philadelphia victims, particularly in the face of the fact that less than 1 percent of people afflicted with a spinal cord injury are reported to fully recover.
Almost a year ago, one Pennsylvania resident was shot in a bar just outside of Philadelphia, suffering a C-6 spinal cord injury that rendered the victim a quadriplegic at just 28 years old. An athlete all through high school with an infectious attitude, the man now has limited mobility in his hands and is confined to a wheelchair. He is no longer able to work his former job as a construction worker.
He is completely dependent on his family for assistance in his every day routine. His sister reports, “With all the stuff insurance doesn’t cover, the financial drain from all of this has been pretty staggering.” They family is organizing a bowling event to raise money to buy the 28-year-old a wheelchair accessible van.
When an individual is injured on behalf of another’s negligence, the victim could hold the offender liable in a personal injury case. If negligence is proven, the victim could be awarded compensation that would work to cover the steep costs associated with a spinal cord injury. While this would not fix the injury, it could give the victim and their family the peace of mind to know that the victim will always be provided for.
Source: Montgomery Media, “Bowling for Wheels event to raise funds for injured East Norriton man,” M. English, Sept. 7, 2012