Spinal Injury Cripples Cross Fit Athlete Permanently

Posted on May 12, 2014 by

Crossfit is a popular fitness program that is characterized by explosive Olympic lifts, performed with minimal rest in between strenuous movements. Undeniably, it has made stronger athletes due to the rigorous weight training involved. However, like most physical activities, this type of exercise poses risks of injury.

 Crossfit athlete and Coach Kevin Ogar severed his spine while trying to lift over 200 pounds during a fitness competition in Orange County, California. The accident occurred when he missed a snatch and failed to get out of the way of a bar bearing heavy weights which landed on his spine, damaging it and paralyzing the athlete from the waist down. 

It was a single moment that totally changed his life. To make matters worse, Ogar was not covered by health insurance. While Ogar’s injury may be a rare and tragic injury, spine injury can occur too as a result of auto accidents, negligent medical care, and slip and fall accidents.

 Serious Effects of spine injury 

Your spine consists of nerves that carry signals between your brain and various parts of your body. A single traumatic force or blow to the spinal cord can disrupt the signals running back and forth to the brain, causing: 

  • Paralysis
  • Quadriplegia
  • Absence of movement in fingers, limbs and toes
  • Loss of motor and sensory functions
  • Disabling neck, back and shoulder injuries
  • Loss of breathing
  • Sexual dysfunction

Los Angeles Spine injury accidents

If you or someone you know is injured in an accident affecting the spinal cord, the injury can drastically alter your life and lead to lost wages, ongoing and accumulating medical bills, decreased future income capabilities and overall reduced quality of life. Further, you may be entitled to claim compensation from the party responsible for your accident. 

In metropolitan Los Angeles, the law firm of Marvin S. Lanter has years of experience in spinal cord injuries, representing clients in negotiations and helping them recover full and fair compensation for their injuries.

 To discuss your particular spinal injury situation, we invite you to contact our firm today at (310) 299-2075 for a free initial consultation.

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