Often it is hard for those who play sports professionally and have dedicated their life to a game they love to walk away so as to avoid a spinal cord injury.
SBNation.com is reporting that the Redskin’s Chris Samuels is announcing his retirement this week in the hopes of walking away from football and side-stepping paralysis. Samuels sustained a spinal cord injury in his neck last October during a game with the Carolina Panthers.
For our firm’s San Diego paralysis attorneys know that once you are diagnosed with a spinal cord injury, you should take every precaution to make sure that it doesn’t get worse. That means that you might not be able to participate in many sports, especially high-contact ones like football.
After his injury on the field, Samuels took the rest of the season off to focus on his paralysis treatment. His doctors warned him that with his injury, known as stenosis (which is similar to cervical myelopathy), another hit to the neck it might mean paralysis.
Still, Samuels held out hope that his doctors would come back with good news and he could suit up with his team again, but unfortunately that was not in the cards. Samuels’ outlook for recovery is good, and he does not want to weaken his chances by playing the contact sport that hurt him in the first place — even if it is the game he loves.
The spinal cord injury lawyers at our San Diego law firm know that those who are living with paralysis can still play sports and take part in fitness, so Samuels should not feel sad that he will never play again. You can take part in all the activities that you used to do before your spinal cord injury, you just have to take extra care that you do it safely.
If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident and suffered a spinal cord injury or paralysis, we urge you to contact our bilingual offices as soon as possible following the accident at 1-800-655-6585 or please click here for a free consultation with an experienced paralysis lawyer in San Diego. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you owe us nothing until we recover money on your behalf.