A Georgia man is undergoing treatment after becoming paralyzed in a drunk driving accident. According to a My Fox Atlanta news report, the man was injured in a DUI accident while on vacation in Trinidad and Tobago. The victim had recently finished EMT training so he was able to guide first responders through the process of stabilizing his spine after he suffered five broken vertebrae. After being poorly treated and misdiagnosed in two facilities, he finally received adequate care after being flown back to Georgia, the news report states. At this juncture, he has control of his head, shoulders, and arms, and hopes to one day regain control of his hands.
Medical professionals treating a spinal cord injury will first have to determine if the victim has lost control of normal breathing. Next, they will have to immobilize the victim in a cervical collar and backboard. As soon as possible, doctors will diagnose the patient and decrease the amount of damage to the spinal cord by reducing the swelling. After that, doctors may have to relieve pressure on the spinal cord through surgery. Unfortunately, these procedures are just the beginning of a long road to recovery for victims of catastrophic injuries, and many do not fully recover.
Many spinal cord injuries result in a permanent numbness and physical disabilities. Anyone suffering from a spinal cord injury will need years of treatment and rehabilitation services to cope with their new circumstances. Many of these treatments are extremely expensive. Financial compensation may be available for the victim if the accident was the result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing.
The experienced Atlanta spinal cord injury attorneys of Wayne Grant, P.C., help seriously injured accident victims pursue fair compensation for their losses. We provide no-cost consultations at (404) 995-3955 to anyone who has suffered a catastrophic injury or permanent disability. Please call our offices today to discuss your legal rights and options.