A spinal cord injury can drastically alter your life. It can be catastrophic.
A spinal cord injury can range in severity from pain, tingling or numbness in the extremities to complete paralysis or, in extreme cases, quadriplegia. Spinal cord injuries often cannot be repaired. Injuries are classified as complete or incomplete. A complete spinal cord injury means there is no movement or feeling below the level of injury. An incomplete spinal cord injury means there remains some ability to function below the level of injury.
Adapting to life with a spinal cord injury takes time. Often modification to the home, car, lifestyle, and habits are necessary.
Spinal cord injuries require continued medical care, and usually for the rest of your life. The severity of such injuries often require extended hospital stays, possibly a stay in a rehabilitation center or other care facility, and in many cases followed by a return home. Homes may require modifications to accommodate changes in mobility, possibly including wheel chair access modifications.
Rehabilitation will focus on the needs and each patient. Goals may range from gaining function and mobility, to gaining strength, to maximizing independence.
Continuum of Care
Because the life-altering effects of spinal cord injuries can be so severe, the continuum of care that follows patients over time, through comprehensive health services is critical. Continuum of care helps to monitor progress and changes in condition, so that rehabilitation and other aspects of continued care can be shifted as necessary. It also helps the doctor and patient address problems that arise related to the injury.
Projected Expenses for Continuing Care
In order to recover the full compensation you deserve for a spinal cord injury, we must factor in your past medical expenses, projected expenses for continuing care, lost future earnings, the cost of making home alterations to accommodate a disability, lost enjoyment of life, and other damages.
You may think that the insurance company will deliver the fair, full compensation you need, so long as you play by their rules and cooperate. Unfortunately, recovering compensation can be much more difficult. It is critical that you understand the full extent of your injuries before agreeing to any settlement. Once you accept a settlement offer, that is the end of it. Spinal cord injuries are complex, and if your injuries later turn out to be more severe, you will not have the right to further recovery to fully compensate you.
If you sustained a spinal cord injury in an accident, contact us to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
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