For a seriously injured worker, the effects of a construction accident last long after machines have been repaired and construction resumed. A New York City man’s recovery from a serious crane accident shows the mental and physical challenges that injured workers face when they are recovering from accidents.
As told in the Gothamist, a blog covering New York City, the man, now 45, was an architect working on the new headquarters of Goldman Sachs in 2007. He was the first to arrive at his work trailer one morning, and while he was in the trailer a crane malfunctioned. As a result, 14,000 pounds of steel tubes fell onto his trailer. The man was found in a seated position, with his head by his knees and a metal rod through his left shoulder. His spine was crushed. He was not expected to walk again.
The man was hospitalized for three months. During one major surgery, surgeons inserted titanium rods into his spine. During a second surgery, they removed fragments of his shattered vertebrae. He then had a lengthy outpatient treatment to learn to live with paraplegia.
The architect did well with the physical aspects of rehabilitation, but he remained depressed. An outreach coordinator says the architect reached a point where he did not want to live anymore. He attended group therapy and continued to work on rehabilitation.
In the meantime, the man learned about bionic suits, which are devices that help people whose legs are paralyzed to walk again. Two years ago, he started participating in an exoskeleton suit trial and took his first steps since the accident. He recently trained to walk one mile in a suit as part of a 5K event. The man’s challenges remain, however. To date, bionic suits have not been approved by the FDA for home use, and the man remains paralyzed.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a construction accident, an experienced attorney can evaluate your accident and represent you in a claim for money damages to help cover the cost of your medical care, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and other damages.
Source: Gothamist, “Paralyzed By Seven Tons Of Steel, Man Now Walks With A Bionic Suit,” Jonathan Williamson, Nov. 14, 2013
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