The Devastating Consequences of a Spinal Cord Injury
A spinal cord injury can occur in a number of terrifying ways. For one Oklahoma man, it was due to an EF5 tornado. EH Pittman, a Moore 7-Eleven employee, was severely injured during the horrific May 20 tornado. While the tornado ripped through the building, Pittman used his body as a shield to try to protect his coworker, a young mother and a baby. The mother and her baby did not survive, but Pittman and his coworker were pulled from the wreckage alive. Pittman sustained broken bones, a collapsed lung and spinal cord fracture. The young hero is now paralyzed and is likely to remain this way for the rest of his life.
A spinal cord injury can have devastating consequences for victims and their loved ones and can create significant physical, emotional and financial burdens for everyone involved. Sadly, many families don’t have the necessary means to properly care for a spinal injury victim, forcing injured parties to live without the proper care they deserve.
Common causes of spinal cord injury
A spinal cord injury happens when the vertebrae or spinal cord tissue experiences trauma. There are many different events that can cause spinal cord injuries, including:
- Car accidents
- Firearm wounds
- Sports injuries
Physical effects of spinal cord injury
The extent of the spinal cord injury depends on the nature and location of the damage to the spine. In many cases, spinal cord injury can result in permanent paralysis. In other cases, it results in impaired sensations and perceptions.
Lifelong costs of a spinal cord injury
A spinal cord injury requires lifelong medical care and rehabilitation. The lifelong costs of a spinal cord injury commonly exceed $3 million. This can quickly drain a family’s savings, especially since many rehabilitative procedures are not covered by insurance.
If you or a loved one is the victim of a spinal cord injury caused by someone else’s negligence, a personal injury lawsuit can help you recover compensation. Contact an experienced Tulsa personal injury attorney for help getting compensation from the responsible parties.