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Television Station in NY Wins Award for Spine Injury Story


A New York television station was awarded three Bronze Telly awards recently, one of which featured a man from Byron, New York, who suffered a paralyzing injury.

The station runs a national health care series known as “Second Opinion”, which was awarded a Bronze Telly in their health and fitness category, because of an episode it produced on spinal cord injuries. The series features a doctor as a host who deliberates over medical cases with a panel of experts. They debate the diagnostic procedures the medical professionals employ, how the test results are interpreted, and decide upon the best course of action for the patient in question.

The victim on this particular award-winning show was a Bryon man who fell 20 feet out of a tree and was paralyzed from the waist down on May 7, 2007. According to source, he fell from a tree while attempting to rescue the family pet, a cockatiel from a tree. He had climbed that same tree numerous times before.

He was stabilized by Byron Rescue Squad, then transferred by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital’s Trauma Center in Rochester. He was there for several weeks as he recovered and learned about life as a paraplegic. Hospitals in The Bronx and Brooklyn have studied these cases.

The Byron man told the story of how he has been dealing with his injury in the years since the accident. Also featured in the episode was the CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center, who had suffered a severe spinal cord injury of his own while riding his bike in 2009.

At the time of the accident, the Byron man was a full-time college student and an active member of the U.S. Air Force reserve. He was stationed at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. Since the accident, experts have learned he has started a foundation to assist others who have suffered a spinal cord injury.

The show that featured him is still produced in association with the University of Rochester Medical Center and show on more than 250 PBS stations across the country

Your future and the future of your family could depend on your legal representation in the event of a such a catastrophic injury. It is important that you make sure you will not suffer an undue financial burden as a cost of your recovery. Call a New York Spinal Injury Lawyer today to make sure justice is done.

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