Community rallies to raise funds after local VCU student is left paralyzed

March 16, 2015- Powhatan, Va.

After a car crash left Taylor Roberts, a 20-year-old student at Virginia Commonwealth University, without the use of her legs, the surrounding community sprang into action to support Roberts on her road to recovery. According to Roberts’ family, the kindness of friends and strangers alike has already generated nearly $20,000 in donations.

According to NBC12, the accident occurred in February, after another driver struck Roberts’ vehicle just a mile up the road from the Roberts family home in Powhatan. Michael Roberts, Taylor’s father, immediately rushed to the scene and watched helplessly as emergency response personnel cut his daughter from her mangled vehicle before loading her into a waiting Med-Evac helicopter.

Roberts suffered a serious spinal injury in the wreck, which has left both legs paralyzed. She is currently undergoing rehabilitation treatment in Philadelphia and adjusting to living without the use of her legs. Roberts’ family is still collecting funds to make their home wheelchair accessible. She will also need a specialized car to drive to class, and ongoing therapy.

Even with this outpouring of love and support from the community, the Roberts family will undoubtedly continue to face mounting expenses in the wake of this terrible tragedy. A compassionate and experienced personal injury attorney with a working knowledge of the unique challenges spinal cord injuries present can help those affected achieve the justice they deserve. If you or a loved one suffered a spinal cord injury and/or paralysis, contact the attorneys at ReidGoodwin today to schedule your free legal consultation.