December 28th, 2015

permanent leg injuries from a car crash

I'm writing a story in which a character is in a car crash and ends up in the ICU. When she comes out of surgery, it's found that one of her legs is permanently damaged in some way (along with some broken ribs and a concussion, as the crash was head on and quite severe). I couldn't think of the details of an injury that would leave her leg there entirely, except she can't move it from the knee down (therefore requiring some support like a crutch or a brace??? does a brace work as a permanent thing?). To make it clear, I'm looking for the details of an injury that makes her leg useless, and what this injury might prevent her from doing, and what exactly she would need to cope with it (besides physiotherapy, like perhaps a wheelchair or a cane, for example).

Previous research: I've read a lot of posts here about leg injuries that might result in the need of a cane or support for the character, but not many of them originated from car crashes. A lot mentioned nerve damage or problems from birth, that kind of thing, so it wasn't the kind of content I was looking for. I had trouble getting content because it was too difficult to decipher, or just irrelevant. If anyone could guide me on specific search terms I could use, that'd be brilliant.

What would someone from Portland (Maine) notice about Boston?

Setting: modern day (summer 2016)

My MC is seventeen, smart, sheltered, and has lived his entire life in Portland, Maine. His biggest forays outside of it are still in northern New England or nearby areas of Canada. There's a single exception, but he was accompanied by his then-girlfriend the whole time.

As the first leg of an impromptu road trip, he's ended up in Boston with a bunch of drunk guys he barely knows the names of and no idea what he's doing. I'm not entirely sure where in Boston he even is, because I don't know as much about the city as I do some others in the novel, and am not entirely sure where early-twenties college graduate trust fund party kids gravitate. Wherever it is, it's new to him.

What would he notice right off the bat? What would become obvious just slightly later? Racial diversity is a possible big one, but I'm not sure what else.