Greg Meece, a litigation partner in Thompson & Knight in Houston, is fitting in time at the office in between physical therapy sessions as he recovers from an automobile accident. Meece says he is lucky that his spinal cord was not severed in the accident, and fortunate that bystanders came to his rescue. (To watch a video interview with Meece, click here.)
On Feb. 23, Meece was in Dallas to meet a client to prepare him for a deposition. Meece was driving a rental car on the North Dallas Tollway when the driver of an 18-wheeler lost control and rolled over onto Meece’s car. Meece says his spinal cord was injured in the accident. Bystanders removed him from the crushed vehicle and a former emergency room nurse at Parkland Health and Hospital System who happened to be driving by stabilized his neck at the accident scene.
Meece says he was transported to Parkland Hospital, and at that point he didn’t know if he would walk again. However, he underwent surgery on Feb. 24 to reconstruct his spine, and two weeks later, walked out of the hospital and returned home to Sugar Land. In March, he spent two weeks in Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, where he had surgeries to repair muscles and underwent treatment for an infection.
On March 29, Meece returned to his office at Thompson & Knight for some previously scheduled meetings with clients from Korea and Peru. “Since then, I’ve tried to come in a couple of days a week for a few hours a day. My energy isn’t back yet. . . . I can’t drive yet,” he says. He can walk, but recently started physical therapy to regain strength and movement. He has some numbness in his fingers and arms due to nerve damage from the accident, but says his doctors expect that to lessen over the next few months as his nerves regenerate.
Meece says lawyers on the other side of the litigation he’s handling have been “incredibly understanding” and he has secured extensions to many deadlines. Also, lawyers at the firm have filled in for him when needed. Meece says he feels blessed, by “phenomenal” support from his firm, and particularly by the people who came to his aid in the minutes after the accident.
“It was God putting those people there,” he says.
-- Brenda Sapino Jeffreys