Life seldom goes as planned, and like everyone else, you have probably adjusted to many unexpected changes over the years. You may have found some meaning in the disappointments that came your way and struggled through the hard times, aiming for the light at the end of the tunnel. However, nothing could have prepared you for the accident that left you with a spinal cord injury.
A spinal cord injury almost always means partial or total paralysis. This condition has almost certainly left you with many concerns about your future. You may also have questions about the type of care you will require and the health issues you will face as a result of your injury. Among the practical matters you will be facing, paying for the medical treatment and other necessities may be high on your list.
Adding the cost
The startling truth is that the first year following a spinal cord injury may cost you over $1 million in medical care, equipment, rehabilitation and other services. Each year after that can cost you in the area of $100,000. The younger you are at the time of your accident and the more severe your injury, the more expensive your medical care may be. Those costs can include any of the following and more:
- Surgeries to stabilize the spine or to deal with compressed vertebrae
- Medications to fight pain, infection, depression and other issues
- Modifications to your home, such as ramps, wider doorways and accessible bathroom fixtures
- Modifications to your vehicle, such as a wheelchair lift or hand controls
- Special equipment, such as a bed, walker, wheelchair, respirator and others
- Management of common complications, such as infections, respiratory illnesses, muscle atrophy, and bowel and bladder conditions, to name a few
- Home care aids for simple tasks like driving you to appointments, to daily care such as bathing, cooking and feeding
Of course, you can include the cost of your medical checkups, physical therapy, mental health care and other essentials to help maintain your health and quality of life.
You can cut some costs, such as buying used medical equipment or, if your doctor recommends it, using online options for physical therapy. You can also reduce the chances of complications and other health issues by remaining as active as possible and eating a well-balanced diet.
Finding support from every available resource is a good way to keep current on the options available to you. You may obtain helpful advice from a spinal cord injury support group as well as from a Texas attorney who can assist you in pursuing paths to compensation from those responsible for the accident that left you injured.