Imagine having just graduated high school, and looking forward to heading off to college to play baseball and start living out your dreams. Now imagine having that taken away from you, almost in an instant. An Ocean City teen finds himself in just such a position. Matt Fumo, 19 years old, was injured in a swimming accident recently, just weeks before he was to head off to Cumberland County College, one of the top junior college baseball programs in the country.
According to a report from Press of Atlantic City, Fumo broke his neck swimming around the Ocean City-Longport Bridge. The fire department answered an emergency call in the area at around 5:30 pm. Police arrived on the scene as well and helped with traffic and crowd control. Fumo was brought to Atlanticare Regional Medical Centre in Atlantic City. There, medical staff performed emergency surgery in an attempt to improve his outlook. As of this time, his prognosis is unclear. Despite his broken neck, he does have a little movement in some extremities.
Fumo recently graduated from Ocean City High School, where he was a top athlete. In the Cape-Atlantic League, he hit .385, and also pitched in 5 games for the team. They went 13-10 and were the CAL National Conference champions this past season. Along the way, Fumo made the conference all-star team. He also played for the Raiders in 2016, who were South Jersey Group III champions. Despite the injury, Fumo still wants to play ball at Cumberland County at some point.
A GoFundMe page was established by his family to help with medical bills and hopefully get him back on his feet. After only a day of being online, they had raised more than $42,000. According to a post on the GoFundMe page, they are “asking for your help, so Matt can seek the best doctors and most advanced treatments in order to meet his goal, which is nothing short of throwing some heat again in college.”
Living by the ocean, there are many spots to swim and participate in all sorts of water activities. Unfortunately, many of the spots where teens and other adventure seekers like to go are not monitored or safe. The risk of getting hurt is higher in these spots. Some of them are also difficult for emergency services to reach, making it even more of a risk. You should always take care when choosing a spot to swim or play that’s not monitored or in a remote spot.
Sometimes, though, an accident isn’t your fault at all. Perhaps it’s someone else’s fault, whether it’s an individual or a business. In those cases, the best thing you can do after seeking medical attention is to contact a personal injury attorney to investigate your accident. They will protect your rights and make sure to hold those responsible to account. Call one today for a consultation to see how an attorney can help you.

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