• Denver ‘Iron Man’ Walks Again After Serious Spinal Injury
  • February 20, 2015
  • Law Firm: Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh Jardine P.C. - Englewood Office
  • When a major truck accident left a Denver man confined to a wheelchair close to eight years ago, few thought they’d see the man ever walk again. But thanks to new medical device created by the motion technology pioneer Parker Hannifin Corp., the 35-year-old former Marine has taken his first steps. Outfitted with a cutting-edge technology called the “Idego exoskeleton” that operates in a similar manner to a Segway, the man is able to stand, walk, and even mount a flight of stairs. The device’s appearance led some to compare the ex-Marine to the popular superhero Iron Man. To call the technology, which is awaiting FDA approval, life changing would be an understatement.

    Truck accidents leave lasting injuries

    In 2006, the aforementioned ex-Marine was working for a gas company, driving a propane tanker. Due to a mechanical failure, the rig he was driving flipped over three times in a serious truck accident. The man sustained spinal injuries which left him wheelchair bound, an outcome that is unfortunately not uncommon in such accidents. Indeed, over 42% of all spinal cord injury cases occur as a result of vehicular accidents, with falls and violence rounding out the other top three causes of spinal injury.

    Spinal injuries lead to paralysis

    Traumatic spinal cord injuries  such as the one above can occur after sudden blows to the spine that fracture, dislocate, compress, or crush one or multiple vertebrae, which are pieces of bone and cartilage that make up the spinal column and protect the spinal cord. In vehicular accidents, parts of the vehicle may also penetrate and cut the spinal cord, causing further damage. Since the spinal cord is a primary component of the central nervous system, damaging the spinal cord prevents critical messages from being sent from the brain to the rest of the body.

    Facing an uncertain future

    While the ex-Marine above is benefitting from the latest technology, many other accident victims face an uncertain future in which their ability to work and carry out normal everyday activities is seriously compromised. The prospects of facing a life without full use of one’s arms or legs can also leave many accident victims struggling with severe depression and other emotional conditions, which frequently affect the whole family. Victims of such accidents deserve compassionate legal representation to help them pursue the monetary compensation to which they are entitled.