People in West Virginia who have suffered a spinal cord injury know that it can be a devastating experience that changes the victim's life. Whether it stems from a vehicular crash, a workplace injury, or any other kind of accident, a spinal cord injury can cause permanent disability.
Olympic champion Amy Van Dyken-Rouen recently suffered an injury to her spinal cord in a terrible accident. The six-time Olympic gold medal winning swimmer was riding on an all-terrain vehicle in early June when the ATV rolled on top of her.
Doctors rushed her into surgery and the situation was so dire that she and her husband prepared for the possibility that she might not survive. Van Dyken-Rouen did make it through the surgery, however, and her unwavering spirit and determination has pushed her through the early stages of recovery.
Although the famed swimmer has experienced some sensation in her lower body since the surgery, she could suffer from life-long paralysis. Despite that possibility, Van Dyken-Rouen is committed to her rehabilitation and has made it her goal to walk out of the hospital later in the summer.
While most spinal cord injury victims are not Olympic athletes, they too can make it through such a difficult event. But, surviving a traumatic injury like this comes with enormous medical expenses and rehabilitation costs. Moreover, the victim may never be able to work again, and could need long-term care.
When a person suffers a debilitating injury due to someone else's negligence, the victim can recover compensation for accident-related expenses and other damages. Some accidents are unavoidable, but victims should not have to cope with the financial loss that is caused by another person's actions.
Source: Today, "How Amy Van Dyken-Rouen turns injury into inspiration: 'This is for my life'," Scott Stump, June 27, 2014