Spinal Cord Injuries Are Costly And Require Special Care
At the time of a major auto accident, the focus of family, friends and medical professionals is on saving the life of a seriously injured person. Emergency medical care, subsequent surgery, recovery and rehabilitation ultimately give way to a “new normal” life. When a spinal cord injury is part of the outcome of a serious accident, paralysis is often part of the new reality that an accident victim must live with.
A spinal cord injury is, in a vast majority of cases, a life-changing event both for the injured person and for his or her immediate family. After a car accident, a fall injury or a surgical error results in paralysis, there are often a host of ongoing difficulties, losses and practical problems.
How Will You Cope With The High Cost Of Paralysis?
A person living with paralysis must cope with needs and expenses such as:
- Personal care: Many people with paraplegia or quadriplegia need caregivers to assist with activities of daily living (ADL).
- Vocational rehabilitation: Physical therapists and occupational therapists help people living with paralysis discover ways to adapt and accommodate on the job. Depending on the nature of a person’s work, it may be possible for the accident victim to go back to work. Or he or she may need to train for a different type of work.
- Transportation: A wheelchair, a modified van and/or access to public transportation for the disabled may all be part of the solution to transportation challenges.
- Durable medical equipment: Besides depending on a motorized wheelchair, a person with paralysis may need a lift and other special equipment and devices.
- Home modifications: To accommodate life in a wheelchair, the home environment may need to be modified.
A social worker, a life care planner and other professionals can provide valuable assistance in helping a paralyzed person and his or her spouse, parents or children plan how to move forward. The costs associated with these professional services should be taken into account in a personal injury claim or lawsuit when paralysis is an outcome of the initial injuries.
Contact Our Attorneys For Free Consultation
If you or a close family member has suffered a spinal cord injury resulting in paralysis, we do not recommend trying to work with insurance companies alone. At The Townsley Law Firm, we are lifelong residents of southwest Louisiana. We care about your rights after a serious accident.
Our experience can be invaluable as you begin your courageous journey of life after a catastrophic injury. Reach out by email to our Lake Charles spinal cord injury lawyers at 337-377-0584 or 800-216-6808 for a free initial consultation.