Amazing Medicine: Paralyzed Man Walks Again with Help of Exoskeleton

Hewitt & Salvatore PLLC discusses how a paralyzed man can now walk, with the help of an exoskeleton.

What medical costs are associated with paralysis?

For the first time in the state of West Virginia, a paralyzed man is able to walk again using a device known as an “exoskeleton.” Lyle Fleming became paralyzed in a work-related accident several years ago when he fell 30 feet and broke his back. Fleming spent months in physical therapy learning to use the Indego Exoskeleton, which allows him to stand again.  After 40 hours of class, Fleming was approved to take the exoskeleton home. He can now sit, stand, and walk with the help of the exoskeleton. Thus far, Fleming’s exoskeleton is the first to be issued in the state of West Virginia. Our Fayetteville, West Virginia back injury attorneys discuss the exoskeleton device as well as the many expenses associated with a serious back injury. 

The Exoskeleton

Several companies now manufacture exoskeletons to assist those with certain degrees of paralysis. The exoskeleton is a robotic device that is strapped to the body of the person with paralysis. This cutting edge device then uses its robotic power to move the hips and knees of the paralyzed individual. The FDA approved these devices by some manufacturers, finding that they can assist those with lower-body paralysis to get around. Exoskeletons remain quite costly, sometimes running around $40,000. For those with lower-body paralysis, however, the exoskeleton may be a life-changing device.

Paralysis Costs

Serious back injuries are among the most expensive injuries anyone can suffer.  The more severe the paralysis, the more expensive the injury. For example, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation reports that those with high tetraplegia can expect their healthcare and related expenses to run over $1 million in the first year, and $180,000 each year thereafter.  Paraplegics can expect to pay over $500,000 in the first year and nearly $70,000 each year thereafter.  

For most people, the costs of becoming paralyzed are simply unaffordable. For this reason, anyone who has suffered a serious back injury that was caused by the negligence of someone else should pursue compensation. A personal injury lawyer can assist you in seeking the compensation you deserve to help to cover your considerable medical expenses, lifetime disability costs, and more.  Contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident to protect your legal rights.

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