Spinal cord injuries can be life-threatening, and they affect not only a victim’s physical health, but also their family and financial well-being.
Given the severity and complexity of spinal cord injuries, it is essential to understand the care that may be necessary, including:
- Initial and ongoing medical treatment
- Subsequent surgeries
- Rehabilitation services
- Assistive devices
- Home modifications
- Psychological support
Getting proper medical care right away is vital for anyone who suffers from a spinal cord injury. Medical treatment could include surgery, medication and physical rehabilitation.
In addition, people who suffer spine injuries may require physical, occupational and vocational therapy. All of these types of therapy can play an essential role in helping people regain independence after a severe event such as a spinal cord injury.
A spinal cord patient may need a wheelchair, braces and other devices tailored to the patient’s specific needs, either temporarily or permanently, to help them move around and function as best as possible on a daily basis.
Adapting a person’s environment so they can move around freely can be helpful, and sometimes, moving to another living space that allows the person a safe space for them to move around can be necessary.
Dealing with a spinal cord injury can be a traumatic experience. It can leave behind emotional scars that can take years to recover from, if the person can recover from them at all.
Counseling and support groups tailored to the person’s needs can help them feel supported and less alone in their new reality.
Securing financial compensation should be a top priority if a spinal cord injury was caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing. A spinal cord injury victim may be entitled to financial compensation for all the medical, occupational and vocational matters listed above. There may also be compensation available for the loss of support and companionship the injury caused for the family.
To learn more about these matters and how to secure financial compensation after a spinal cord injury in Florida, please see our Spinal Cord Injury Overview.