More often than not, spinal injuries sustained in accidents, such as car collisions, lead to paralysis. This means that these individuals may require long-term or lifelong care. Even if these individuals and their families get the money to pay for the best care possible, living with a spinal cord injury can pose ongoing medical complications as well as physical and emotional hardships.
Once someone recovers from the initial trauma of a spinal cord injury, they will need to learn how to become relatively mobile from a wheelchair. This can be physically demanding as well as emotionally strenuous for these individuals.
Wheelchairs, especially motorized or full body ones, can be extremely costly. Your spinal cord injury attorney should be able to calculate the costs of present and future wheelchairs into your total damages, among other factors.
Blood Clots and Circulations
Despite their need, wheelchairs can cause medical complications. Human beings are not meant to be immobile for long periods of time, as it can slow blood circulation and cause blood clots to form. Some forms of treatment that may be needed to prevent fluid build-up and increase circulation within the body include:
- Blood-thinning medications
- Leg pumps
- Special stockings
Personal Care Attendant
It’s fairly common for those with spinal cord injuries or paralysis to need help living their lives moving forward. In fact, between 40 and 45 percent of spinal cord injury victims require assistance with daily activities, such as:
- Getting in and out of bed
- Going to the bathroom
- Eating and drinking
It’s understandable that a more severe spinal cord injury will mean the person may need higher levels of personal care. For example, someone who is paralyzed from the waist down may eventually be able to do a majority of these activities by himself or herself. On the other hand, someone with quadriplegia may not.
The financial cost of this lifelong care can add up quickly, especially if the paralyzed individual was one of the breadwinners of the home. The individual’s loved one, such as a spouse, may need to take time off from work off to care for this person, which can intensify this financial hardship even more.
Helping Families Financially Recover
If you or a loved one sustained a spinal cord injury in an accident, you need legal representation immediately. You may be entitled to exponential amounts of damages due to the lifelong hardships that these injuries have on you and your family.
Our team will determine how the accident that caused the spinal injury occurred and fight hard for your full damage amounts. We have recovered millions on behalf of injury victims across Philadelphia, and we will work to do the same for you, too.