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Athlete with spinal cord injury remains in ICU

In a state north of Texas, a young athlete continues to recover from a catastrophe he suffered during a recent incident. The hockey player suffered a spinal cord injury when he reportedly crashed into a portion of the ice rink during a championship playoff game. Though he remains hospitalized in an intensive care unit, updated information lists him in stable condition .

The athlete recently expressed his hope that his condition will continue to improve enough that he can be transferred to a specialized rehabilitation center that focuses on recovery from spinal injuries. According to reports, at the time of the accident, the young man lied motionless on the ice for approximately 15 minutes before rescue workers arrived. After being transported to a nearby hospital, he underwent emergency surgery.

Those caring for the injured player say that he remains in good spirits and has expressed gratitude for the excellent treatment he has been given. A donation fund has reportedly been set up on a public funding page to help raise monies for his continued care. It is apparently still too early in the treatment process to determine whether the athlete can expect a full recovery.

In addition to athletic events, a resident in Texas or elsewhere might suffer a spinal cord injury due to a vehicular collision or some other type of accident. If a serious injury has been caused by the negligence or wrongful actions of another party, the injured victim has a right to file a legal claim in a civil court. In some injuries suffered in sporting events, liability claims might be based upon claims of negligent supervision or evidence of negligence with respect to equipment and/or property conditions. Through the litigation process, a victim may seek compensation for damages suffered due to an injury, such as ongoing medical costs, lost wages, and potential loss of future earnings.

Source: katc.com, "An Illinois hockey player continues to recovery from injury in Lafayette", Mycah Hatfield, April 5, 2015

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