Paralyzed Bride Suffers from North Carolina Spinal Cord Injury, Plans to Walk One Day

January 9, 2012, by

A North Carolina woman who was married back in August is trying to get her life back in order. This task may be more difficult for her than you and me because of an accident that left her paralyzed.

With the New Year she has a new attitude, and she's determined to regain movement and she plans on having a baby and starting a family one day with her new husband. Spinal cord injuries in North Carolina and South Carolina are some of the most devastating injuries and can cause a lifetime of pain, suffering and medical costs. But with the right attitude, like the one of this new bride, goals can be achieved.
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"You see people standing up out of their wheelchair, people who are relearning how to walk," Rachelle Chapman, the new bride.

Our North Carolina and South Carolina spinal cord injury lawyers understand that these types of battles cannot be fought alone. Victims of spinal cord injuries should seek the assistance of an experienced law firm at the earliest stages of such cases. Do not speak to an insurance company, do not accept payment or admit fault. Contact an experienced law firm. The financial consequences can last a lifetime.

Right before the bride-to-be made her way down the aisle a bridesmaid of hers pushed her into the shallow end of a pool, according to New York Daily News. The future bride suffered from broken vertebrae that hindered her ability to walk, or even feel anything below her chest.

News of the accident and the tragic injury made headlines across the globe. But nothing could stop her husband from sealing the deal and making the courageous woman his wife.

The bride hasn't taken her first steps yet, but she's embarked on a three-week training program at Project Walk in Carlsbad in California. Since the program, she's strengthened her body, enhanced her balance and is now able to move on an elliptical-type machine for 30 minutes. Before the program, she was weak and could barely move. She can now stand upright in a special hydraulic frame. She plans to return to the California treatment center for more treatments. Until then, she continues to train at home with a gym that was built for her by her husband.

In addition to gaining back her strength, she is learning how to drive again, is getting ready to enroll in grad school once again and one day hopes to have a child.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are roughly 200,000 people who are currently living with a spinal cord injury in the country. There are somewhere between 12,000 and 20,000 new cases of spinal cord injuries every year.

Top Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries:

-Motor Vehicle Accidents

-Falls

-Violence

-Sports

Spinal cord injuries are costly. The average yearly cost is between $15,000 and $30,000. This means that the estimated lifetime cost can be anywhere from $500,000 to $3 million, depending on the severity of the injury.

If you or someone you love has been involved in a spinal cord injury, it is critical for you to contact the North Carolina and South Carolina injury attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson LLP. Call 1.800.533.6845. No Attorney Fees Until You've Been Paid.

Additional Resources:

Paralyzed bride learning to move on her own, learning to drive -- and planning for a family, by Amanda Mikelberg, New York Daily News

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