Eustace — Texas Teen Nearly Paralyzed After Freak Gym Class Accident
Posted on Monday, February 18th, 2019 at 5:50 am by Williams Hart
A seemingly harmless task in gym class left a Texan teen almost paralyzed after the rope she was using broke, causing her to crash to the ground where she landed on her neck in December 2018.
Katie Bivins was told by the doctors that she had shattered her C6 vertebrae and moved her C7 in the fall. The injury has a massive impact to an area of the spine, considered the low-cervical nerves, which corresponds with arms and hands control. An injury to the C6 vertebrae can affect wrist extension, cause paralysis in hands, trunk, and legs, and may impact bowel and bladder control. An injury to the C7 vertebrae, moreover, can impact nerve control in elbow extension and some finger extension.
Doctors initially believed that she possibly was not going to be able to be helped, but Bivins was determined to master walking again after she showed doctors that she could move her big toe. She has spent over 60 days recovering, and though she will likely have lasting health issues because of the accident, she is committed to at least try to live a better life.
It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to Katie Bivins. Alas, she is not the only one who is a victim of personal injury. Personal injury is simply described as an injury to the body, mind, or emotions, and a personal injury lawsuit is filed against the person or entity that caused the harm through negligence, gross negligence, reckless conduct, intentional misconduct, and in some cases on the basis of strict liability. Some of the common damages (also known as the things for which the injured person may be compensated) usually include the injured person’s medical bills, pain and suffering, and diminished quality life.
Getting injured as a direct or indirect result of someone else’s actions can be as complicated as it is devastating to the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers who are experienced in cases like this. That is why, if you think you are a victim of this kind of accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.
If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.
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