There is little doubt that suffering from a paralyzing spinal cord injury can forever alter a person's life. Spinal cord injuries cause emotional and physical hardships on their victims, not to mention often placing a financial strain on them as well. One man who suffered a spinal cord injury on a Massachusetts hockey rink 17 years ago knows this fact all too well. He has been paralyzed since that accident, which took place 11 seconds after he took to the ice rink while representing Boston University.
However, he hasn't idly sat by on the sidelines watched life pass him by. The man has authored a book detailing his experiences, called "Eleven Seconds," and also fundraises for spinal cord injuries. He does this after having founded an organization which raises money intended to fund spinal cord research, and also helps finance wheelchairs, ramps and other equipment for those with physical disabilities.
The man also serves as a motivational speaker, and recently spoke in front of a group of Massachusetts elementary students. The man spent some time talking about how the accident impacted his life and the ways he still challenges himself physically and mentally. Afterward, he went on to answer questions from the fourth-and-fifth graders.
Spinal cord injuries can certainly change the course of victim's lives, as they did this former college hockey player who became a quadriplegic after his tragic accident. Those who suffer such injuries in an accident which may have occurred due to another person's negligence may have recourse for the medical and other expenses their injuries cause. By filing a personal injury lawsuit, such victims may be able to present a case showing that another person's negligence caused or contributed to their injuries. This could allow them to recover the financial damages they have suffered, which could alleviate at least the financial strain caused by their injuries.
Source: Milton, MA Patch, "Eleven Seconds Changed One Man's Life," Margaret Carroll-Bergman, March 11, 2013