High School Teen Does Not Let Spinal Cord Injury Keep Her Down

By Peter DePaolis

One year ago, Mackenzie Gorden was leading the life of a typical teenager. Gorden was a high school junior in Lake City, California, where she participated in cheerleading and the dance team.

Gorden’s life changed when she swerved to miss a deer in the road and crashed her truck. Gorden sensed something was wrong, but she did not know the extent of her injuries.

“I knew something had happened, something wasn’t right,” Gorden said. “I couldn’t move my fingers to reach my phone to call for help. I tried to honk the horn to get someone’s attention.”

Gorden was sent to a medical center in Des Moines where she learned her C5 and C6 vertebrae were broken, and she was told she would likely never walk again.

Unwilling to accept that prognosis, Gorden’s parents transferred her to several different hospitals until they ended up in Englewood, Colorado at a medical center that specializes in treating spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries.

There, Gorden learned to use her hands and regained movement in her legs. Eight weeks later, Gorden returned home in time to participate in her homecoming festivities, where she was crowned homecoming queen.

The Aftermath of a Spinal Cord Injury

Maintaining your health following a catastrophic accident such as Gorden’s can be an expensive endeavor. If your accident was the result of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to recover medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages. Contact our personal injury attorneys today for a free consultation.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia Injury Attorneys

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.