In my work as a Gwinnett County injury lawyer, representing victims and families that are dealing with catastrophic injury, I am aware of the profound and life-changing impact that paraplegia or quadraplegia can cause. Last Friday’s tragic shootings in Atlanta have brought both shock and sorrow to our community. The shootings resulted in the death of one innocent victim and injuries to two other women. And for one of those victims, it has brought a potentially life-changing injury that may paralyze her.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that one of the victims of the shooting may be paralyzed from the waist down. One woman died and another was injured in the shooting incident that occurred in Midtown Atlanta last week.
The alleged shooter turned himself in and is now in the Fulton County jail. He is charged with one count of murder and several counts of aggravated assault. Georgia law has only one degree for the crime of murder, rather than lesser degrees as is the case in other states, and is found when a person intends to kill, acts with depraved disregard to human life or kills while committing a felony.
The woman who may be paralyzed is a recent graduate of UGA and is from Lithia Springs. Sadly, her injuries and recovery have become the focus for many throughout Atlanta and Georgia who are praying for her and her family.
She was assessed as having a spinal cord injury at the T-10 level, which refers to the thoracic vertebrae. The area that was identified in this victim’s case is that which controls, among many other things, upper-body movement. Atlanta’s Shepard Center specialists have assessed the woman’s injuries and have noted that the result of an injury to that area of the spine can result in paraplegia or paralysis of the lower legs and lower body.
As is reported in the AJC, the Shepard Center will also be involved in her rehabilitation. The team will likely include various specialized support that includes not only a physician and nurse, but many types of therapies including physical and occupational rehabilitation.
In addition to a trauma such as this tragic shooting, paralysis can result from other traumas such as car accidents and diving accidents. Regardless of how these injuries are caused, the injured person and the family must cope with the adjustment to a new life.
In my work as an Atlanta catastrophic injury lawyer, I have experienced that these events and often the claims that result, are life changing, complex and difficult both legally and emotionally. Not only is the victim dealing with pain and suffering, but there are very pragmatic aspects to these cases. Spinal cord injury victims must protect themselves financially due to the fact that they may not be able to work in their chosen profession. In addition, they will likely have additional medical expenses throughout their lives.
Georgians are fortunate to have fine medical expertise in spinal cord injury and rehabilitation. The rehabilitiation of these injuries can take months, and even years. It involves many aspects of the victims life. But we have learned over many years, that even with these injuries, people have the ability to adjust and adapt. The technologies that have developed in recent years have improved the quality of life for injured victims. But there is no doubt that the pain and suffering after an injury that is catastrophic, is very difficult to deal with both physically and emotionally.
It is important in circumstances involving an auto or other accidents in which spinal cord injuries have resulted to find a dedicated legal team. As an Atlanta spinal cord injury lawyer, I have helped victims and their families deal with the legal and medical aspects of these complex cases. If you have been injured due to the fault of another, please contact our offices for a free consultation.
The support and guidance of a compassionate expert can help families recover from the worst tragedies imaginable. Please contact the Law Offices of P. Charles Scholle for guidance and assistance. We have offices throughout the region, including Buckhead and the Perimeter and we represent clients throughout Atlanta and Georgia, including Fulton County, Cobb County, Forsyth County, Dekalb County, Walton County and Jackson County, among many others.