May 27, 2012, was a bad day for professional fighter Paul Williams. He was riding his motorcycle, failed to negotiate a curve, lost control and was thrown about 100 feet, injuring his spinal cord.
According to usatoday.com, Mr. Williams has started treatment with the same determination he showed preparing for his fights. The odds are against him ever walking again yet, according to his boxing trainer, George Peterson and Donald Peck Leslie, MD, the medical director at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia, where Mr. Williams is undergoing treatment, stated that he’s very high spirited and asking for a “mitt man” so that he can continue throwing punches as part of his rehabilitation.
Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord is encased within the thirty-three vertebrae that conform the vertebral column, which runs from the base of the skull to the tailbone. A spinal cord may be injured itself or by indirect damage to the surrounding bones, tissues, or blood vessels. Direct trauma occurs when the cord is cut, pulled, pressed sideways or compressed. These types of injuries occur when the head, neck, or back are twisted abnormally.
Typically, these injuries occur as a result of car accidents, motorcycle accidents (as in Mr. Williams’ case), falls, sports injuries, industrial accidents and other causes.
Mr. Williams was diagnosed with a thoracic level (T 10-11) spinal cord injury. This means he has full head and neck movement with normal muscle strength. He also has normal shoulder movement and full use of arms, wrists and fingers. Mr. Williams’ biggest problem is a partial paralysis of his lower body and legs. His upper body strength and balance will vary depending on the level of the injury: the lower the level, the stronger the upper body strength and balance. For someone like him, with extraordinary upper body strength due to his profession and training, he should not have difficulty using a manual wheelchair for everyday living, with the ability to go over uneven ground. Similarly, his strength should give him the ability to transfer independently from his bed to a chair, and a wheelchair to a car. He should also be able to transfer from the floor to his wheelchair without it being a big problem. He even may be able to drive a car adapted with hand controls and have that ability to load his wheelchair into a car independently.
Our thoughts and prayers go to Mr. Williams. We wish him a full recovery from his injuries. Please note that while Mr. Williams’ accident may have resulted from his own failure to negotiate a curve, many victims suffer their spinal cord injuries as a result of motorcycle accidents caused the negligence of other motorists. We may be able to help those victims recover the funds necessary for their rehabilitation and care.
We Can Help
If you or a loved one have suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of a car accident, a motorcycle accident, a tractor-trailer accident, an accident at an amusement park or any other kind of accident, you should immediately contact a law firm experienced in handling these cases.
With more than 67 years of combined experience, the lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano are ready to help victims that have suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of a car accident, a motorcycle accident, a tractor-trailer accident, an accident at an amusement park any other kind of accident caused by someone else’s negligence recover the compensation that may be owed to them. Throughout the years, the Miami Dade County Spinal Cord Injuries Law Offices of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano have represented many clients involved in serious motor vehicle accidents that have caused spinal cord injuries.
Please visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today for a free consultation. Our practice has been extended with a new satellite office in Aventura to accommodate clients that reside in Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood, Hallandale Beach, Dania & Dania Beach, Miramar, North Miami, North Miami Beach, Aventura, Miami Beach, Surfside, Sunny Isles and Miami Gardens.