Living with paralysis is no easy thing to do, but it certainly does not get any easier when the powers that be leave you homeless. That was the case for one man after housing a policy at Oklahoma’s East Central University (ECU) forced the 35-year-old junior with paralysis to vacate his dorm room over safety issues.
Our paralysis lawyers believe that everyone should have the right to live where they want, and it shouldn’t matter if that person can walk or has a variety of paralysis affecting their body. In this case, this man is a quadriplegic who uses a wheelchair, but is unable to move to his bed and then back into his chair. According to ECU’s housing policies, a student who requires a wheelchair and assistance to evacuate buildings in emergencies must have an aide or a mechanical lift.
This man must use elevators in his daily life. In the event of an emergency, however, the school’s requires that all elevators must stop working “no matter what mode they are in, whether they are occupied or not” according to the man.
This is not the first case of housing standards not being designed properly to cater to both those who can walk and those who require some assistance in a wheelchair. ECU still trying to find a way of addressing his concerns because if he cannot stay on campus, his career as a college student will likely be over.
Our firm’s paralysis lawyers know how much pain and suffering comes with adjusting to life after hurting your spinal cord. This is a case of someone trying to still achieve their goals in life and finding resistance from those who do not understand the unique lifestyle of someone with paralysis.
If you or a loved one have suffered a spinal cord injury or become paralyzed, we urge you to contact our bilingual offices as soon as possible following the accident at 1-858-551-2090 or please click here for a free consultation with an experienced paralysis attorney. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not pay anything until we recover money on your behalf.