Accident Disabled Former Truck Driver Needs Accessible Wheelchair Van
by Bradley Trabosh
(Hamburg, PA, USA)
I am 56-year-old male and former truck driver. I have been married for 36 years and disabled for the last 24.
I have one daughter and two grandchildren (ages two and four). I babysit them during the day while their parents work.
I have six brothers and sisters and I have lived in PA for my entire life.
I was involved in a tractor-trailer accident while working 24 years ago when an elderly woman entered the roadway from an intersection directly into my path just as I was approaching the intersection.
The newspaper articles written about the accident indicated that I was a hero because rather than directly hitting her vehicle, I tried to steer around her but ended up flipping my truck into a field.
As a result of this accident, I am now a T12/L1 paraplegic. I am also bipolar. Due to inactivity and side effects from the bipolar medication, I have gained weight.
I have torn biceps, arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome in both arms, which makes it almost impossible to get into the vehicle that I currently own. Even trying to get to doctors' appointments is very difficult.
In addition to the inability to get into my vehicle, due to the ratio by which the ramp leading to my house was built, I am now unable to get up both that ramp and the ramp that leads into my house without someone's assistance.
I am currently desperately in need of a van that I can enter while in my wheelchair. I can no longer transfer into a vehicle in the same manner as I have done for the past 24 years due to problems that have developed with my arms.
The only way that I can gain access to a vehicle is with my wife's assistance and she works full-time and is gone pretty much of the day.
Because of the inability to get into my vehicle without anyone's help, I am unable to take my grandchildren anywhere and I am basically confined to my house.
I suffer from bouts of depression because of this. I need a van but cannot afford to buy one that is adapted to fit my needs.
I presently receive social security and worker's compensation. The amount that I receive for workman's compensation is the same amount that I received when I began receiving it 24 years ago.
These monthly payments barely pay my monthly bills and there is not any money left over to pay a car loan that would be needed for this type of vehicle.
My worker's compensation company has refused to pay for a van or even the money needed to make it adaptable.
I need funding to get a van that fits my needs through grants or other assistance that I may not be aware of.
I am also in need of funding or assistance in getting the proper ramps for entrance into my house so that I can live an independent life.