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My serious injury story

I’m bored, laid up in the hospital, and I’ve decided I want people to tell me some stories. To be thematic, I’m looking for people to tell me about their most serious injuries. Let me throw mine out there to start:

I was riding my bike down the street. This is a nice suburban street, mind you, with a 30 mph speed limit clearly posted. I was riding off to the side of the road because my town doesn’t have bike lanes. All of a sudden, some guy flying down the street in his SUV clipped me and drove off. I wish I’d gotten the license number, especially after the story I’m going to share after mine, but I was too shocked. I broke my arm and lost a pretty decent amount of blood on the side of the road before a good samaritan called 911.

I’ve been in the hospital the last couple of days healing up and making sure that knock of the head I got wasn’t too serious (thankfully, I was wearing my helmet). And getting bored, laying around, I asked the guy next to me about his story. What did he do to end up in a hospital bed?

What’s amazing is his story was actually really similar to mine. He was on a motorcycle, not a bike, and got edged off the road by a truck changing lanes. The truck kept going.

The guy’s injuries weren’t that serious, but the one area where he was much smarter than me was he was smart enough to get a license plate number.

I was pretty impressed by his state of mind at that moment, but he said he was prepared for such things.

Because you ride a motorcycle, I said.

No, because he’s had family that had serious injuries before, and they made a bundle off of it. The guy had an uncle who received some spinal cord damage due to an incident at some shop, a spill or something that led to a fall or something. He was a little vague on the details there, but he was crystal clear on the result. The poor uncle was impaired for life, but he was also suddenly a rich man.

It’s an interesting trade. Would you rather be impaired somehow for life and get rich off it or else keep your health completely and have to continue struggling?

There are lawyers for this type of stuff, and as far as I can tell, they tend to have more than a few multi-million dollar cases each, which means it’s not that rare this stuff happens.

So, now I want to know, what’s the worst injury you’ve ever had? Was there an upside? And would you take that deal (some impairment for a lifetime of riches) or not? How much would it take to make the deal worth it?

Get back to me soon so I can have some interesting reading while I recover. Then, I have to go bike shopping.

But more on that next time.

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