In New Jersey, many of us head to the Jersey Shore during the summer to get some sand and sun without having to travel too far. In 1996, Ashley Lauren Fisher of Morristown took one of these trips, but came home with a life-changing injury. After diving into a wave, the impact of the water broke the bones in her neck and paralyzed her. She spent the next year bedridden, breathing with a ventilator. After two years of therapy, Fisher began to improve and had to learn how to live with a spinal cord injury. Here are some of her tips:
- Try to be forgiving. Your life has completely changed, and it is going to take a long time before you accept that. But as soon as you do, it may be easier to learn how to live your life.
- Hold on to the things about yourself that weren’t changed by your accident. Show those things to people in the best way you can.
- See being “different” as a good thing. People may not understand your injury, which may cause them to stare or make assumptions about you. Dealing with this will be hard, but being different doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
The physical and emotional pain you feel from your spinal cord injury is unimaginable. If a work accident caused your injury, you may experience chronic pain that keeps you from doing your job. You may need long-term medical care, and insurance carriers will do everything they can to avoid providing benefits to pay for it. Your workers’ compensation claim may be delayed or denied, and you may not know what your next move is. An experienced Morristown Workers’ Compensation Attorney can help.
Manfred Ricciardellli has 20 years of experience helping injured NJ workers. He will fight for you and your family to get the care you need so that you can start to move on with your life. Call our office today at 973-285-1100 to set up a free consultation to discuss your case. If you hire us to represent you, you don’t pay unless you win.