In the United States alone, there are an estimated 1.75 million individuals struggling with paralysis as the result of spinal cord injuries, this includes residents in Alabama. A recent French film, The Intouchables, is based on a true story and depicts the accurate struggles of life with paralysis.

This film shows the manner in which many able-bodied people marginalize those that are paralyzed. The average person does not understand the struggles or the emotional pain of consistently being pushed to the fringes of society due to paralysis.

When an individual is left catastrophically injured due to a work injury, car accident or other circumstances, their life is dramatically altered. Where a victim once lived a normal life, they now may struggle to stay alive. $140,000 in living expenses is an astronomical figure beyond the means of most. This issue is compounded by the fact that an estimated 59 percent of victims paralyzed by spinal cord injuries are unemployed, according to figures from The University of Alabama National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Beyond the monetary struggles a victim of a spinal cord injury suffers, there is also an intense sense of emotional devastation in most instances. If the accident is due to the result of a negligent party, the victim could be entitled to compensation. Compensation cannot reverse the injury, but it can work to cover medical and care expenses, as well as compensate for the emotional pain.

Source: Huffington Post, "Get in Touch with The Intouchables," Peter Wilderotter, Aug. 3, 2012